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87d – Rare SITTING MANDARIN bronze plunge counter call table desk bell (pitakat)

Highly detailed figure. Plunge bells operate by a steady push down on the top.
An internal spring winds up and suddenly releases the clapper to ring the bell.
Arms move slightly, but this has nothing to do with the operation of the bell.
Very heavy black base looks and feels like marble, but we’re not sure.
See Dorothy Anthony’s “World of Bells No. 4” plate 16 for another.
Good condition- no damage. 5″ high x 4-1/2″ diam. (approx.)



87e – Bicentennial Bronze Liberty Bell by Whitechapel Foundry Limited Edition

This wonderful bell was produced for the The Liberty Bell Foundation of Boston, Massachusetts by the Whitechapel Bell Foundry of London, England, the foundry which cast the original liberty bell in 1752.

Made to the original designs of that foundry for the Liberty Bell cast there in 1752, this limited edition 1/5th scale model replica, is one of the 2,400 numbered and registered commemorative edition bells produced between 1968-1976. Approx 300 bells were produced each years which makes this one ( Number 669) circa 1970’s.

There are two sterling silver plaques with inscriptions on the bell. the standard plaque on the front reads “Cast by theWhitechapel Bell Foundry, London, to the original design of the Liberty Bell Cast by Them on the Same Site in the Year of Our Lord 1752.”
The other reads “Lewis B. Phrady, Francis Lewis N.Y, John Morton Philadelphia”

The bell weighs a hefty 27 lbs, is in amazing condition and measures 15 inches high by 9 1/2 inches in diameter, on a 13 by 13 inches base.

From the Whitechapel foundry website:
The Whitechapel Foundry’s connection with the Liberty Bell was reestablished in 1976, the year of the US Bicentennial.

First, there was a group of about thirty or so ‘demonstrators’ from the Procrastinators Society of America who mounted a mock protest over the bell’s defects and who marched up and down outside the Foundry with placards proclaiming WE GOT A LEMON and WHAT ABOUT THE WARRANTY?. We told them we would be happy to replace the bell – as long as it was returned to us in its original packaging.

Concurrently (ie. from about 1968 to 1976) we also produced around fifteen full-size, twenty four hundred one-fifth size, and two hundred one-ninth size replicas of the bell for the Boston-based Limited Editions Collectors Society of America Inc.

Finally, and most pleasingly, Whitechapel was also commissioned to cast the 12,446lb Bicentennial Bell that year, which now resides in Philadelphia with its illustrious predecessor and which bears the inscription:

4 JULY 1976



87f – Figürliche Tischglocke
Wien, um 1920, innen undeutl. sign., Bronze grünlich patiniert sowie Elfenbein geschnitzt, Darstellung einer jungen Rokokodame mit entblößtem Oberkörper und kurzem Haarschopf, sich lasziv im Tanz nach hinten neigend, fkt.-tüchtig, Elfenbein mit Altersspuren, H 7,5 cm.

Figural Table Bell
Vienna, around 1920. Green patinated bronze and ivory carved depiction of a young lady of Rococo style, stripped to the waist and short hair, dancing lasciviously in a backward leaning position.
Ivory with signs of age, H 7.5 cm ( 3 in).

The link below shows the auction catalog listing and the opening bid price in Euros.
Note that there is an additional buyer’s premium of 23%.
The auction house has not posted sales results.
Manfred has contacted the auction house in Germany and reports that the bell did not sell.