Re: Re: So, what is this worth? (Part 94)
No interesting figural or figurine bells that I have found right now. The following are some wall-mounted bells, sometimes known as a Gate Bell or Monastery Bell. These larger ones often have a framework made of wrought iron and sheet metal construction. Smaller ones, of the types 94b and 94c, are often cast brass.
94a – ANTIQUE VICTORIAN WROUGHT CAST IRON RING OF BRASS BELL MECHANICAL WHEEL DOORBELL
This rare antique victorian Ring of Bells was originally used to announce guests outside of a door before traditional doorbells. There is a handle that is used to make the wheel turn and ring the bells. It is very heavy wrought and cast iron. It is very large just shy of 28″ and the wheel itself without the bells is 11″ across.This is the largest one I have found online. There are 12 matching brass bells with only one missing ringer. There is a little surface rust on the interior of some of the bells that should polish out. Weight 7 lbs.
94b – ANTIQUE VINTAGE DINNER DOOR BELL GARDEN GATE BELL IRON BRASS JOINTED MAN DRAGON
This is a great iron and I believe the bell is brass (but not sure) dinner-door-or garden gate bell. I purchased it at a mansion estate auction. There is like a demon or dragon head under the bell. The man’s arm is jointed so when you pull the metal rod his arm moves as though he is ringing the bell. It is such a beautiful work of art. I don’t now if the pulling rod with the hoop on the end is what was made for this bell but this is exactly how I bought it. The bell rings very loud. There is old black tape on the hoop puller ??? There is some pitting & rust that I tried to show in the photos so it would need to be cleaned up and repainted or you may like it just the way it looks now. I had much reservations about selling this because it truly is a work of art. It is VERY HEAVY. The measurements are about 7 1/2″ wide by 21″ tall (NOT COUNTING THE PULL ROD & HOOP) and 9″ deep.
94c – Antique Spanish Revival Arts & Crafts Wrought Iron Bell with Monk and Flowers
This large wrought iron wall bell Circa 1930s measures 25″ tall including the chain, and juts out 14″ from the wall. The back plate measures 16.5″ and the entire piece weighs approximately 6 – 7 Lbs. There is some rust on sections as shown, and it could use a cleaning. I am unsure as to whether it has ever been painted or repainted.