Re: Re: Victorian School Bell?
This bell looks like it is bronze rather than iron or lead. If it is steel or iron, it will hold a magnet. Lead is extremely soft (easily scratched) and has a dull clunk rather than a bell tone unless it is frozen in liquid nitrogen. This does not appear to be a school bell and appears to be intended to be hung from a bracket. It would be helpful if you provided measurements and a weight. The Fleur de lis is a French symbol as is the curved horn that the girl on the skirt is playing. Her hair style is suggestive of the late 19th century. I would guess that this was a “gate bell” from France or Belgium that was used to anounce the presence of a visitor to a home or villa. I have no idea of the identity of the founder.
Harry Long, MD