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22a – ANTIQUE VICTORIAN SERVICE BELL FEATURING GRAPES AND GLASS PAINTING FRANCE C1900
*** EARLY & VERY RARE OFFERING ***
ONCE IN LIFE TIME
ANTIQUE VICTORIAN SERVICE BELL
METALLIC GRAPES HARVEST AND GLASS PAINTING FEATURING THE GREAT FRENCH MONUMENTS
MADE IN FRANCE
MUSEUM QUALITY PIECE
This Victorian service bell is the excellent museum piece and one the best in my little collection also my personal favorite. It features alabaster base which is missing in this bell and pierced metal framing with a grape cluster motif. The beauty of the bell is further enhanced by the addition of three oval glass paintings featuring the great French monuments as Basilica of St Denis, Eiffel Tower and The Arc de Triomphe. The spring loaded wire gong mechanism which rings the bell still functions, and perched atop it sits an intricately detailed bird with its tail feathers flared.
SIMILAR BELL IS AVAILABLE TO SEE IN THE GREAT REITZ HOME MUSEUM EVANSVILLE, INDIANA.
CONDITION IS GOOD BESIDES THE MISSING ALABASTER BASE!!! WEAR ON GLASS PAINTINGS AS EXPECTED DUE TO AGE !!!
MINOR RESTORATION ON THE GRAPES WHICH HAS BEEN SHOWN IN THE CLOSE PICTURE!
NO OTHER DAMAGES WHATSOEVER!!!
Size :- 5.2 inch x 2.8 inch (H x Base Diameter)
Weight : 122 gms
Hard sell for something that, in its current condition, is essentially a piece of junk.
Ones in decent condition usually sell for 50 – 100 euros on French eBay.
22b – IMPERIAL RUSSIAN SILVER TROMPE L’OEIL TABLE BELL ANTIQUE NICHOLS & PLINKE 19 C
MAGNIFICENT RUSSIAN SILVER TROMPE L’OEIL TABLE BELL.
About 3 3/8 in. (8.6 cm) tall.
Silver weight is over 3 troy oz. – 114 grams.
Excellent original antique condition with minimum amount of normal wear, absolutely no problems or repairs.
Marked with Russian silver hallmarks for Moscow, 84 silver standard. Maker’s mark “NP” for NICHOLS & PLINKE.
Unlike the item above, no apparent problems with this unusual silver bell, other than the asking price.