Antique service bell
May 22, 2012 at 2:30 am #12059JdasherParticipant
I bought a very unique bell this week. It is a large hotel service bell. It has large claw feet and the base is a ball (softball size) made out of alabaster. The top is a brass service bell. Any ideas
May 22, 2012 at 3:01 am #16995
May 22, 2012 at 4:04 am #16996JdasherParticipant
I am going to work on posting a picture of the bell. This is my first experience on this site or any site for that matter. I collect percussion and found a bell 2 years ago that I liked and I have been collecting since. I obviously want to establish approximate age and origin. The bell is very ornate and probably one of a kind. An antique collector friend said the ball is alabaster. We could not find markings. I will work on getting the picture into photo bucket.
May 22, 2012 at 3:39 pm #16993RonaKesselmanParticipant
Hi and Welcome to the BellTalk Forum!
If you are having problems posting photos, you can email me the pictures, I can probably get them added to your posting.
Also, you mentioned “I collect percussion and found a bell 2 years ago that I liked and I have been collecting since” — Are you a member of the American Bell Association International, Inc. If so, tell me a little about when you joined and the type of bells you collect. If you aren’t a member, but are now collecting bells I invited you to join the organization as a paid member https://www.americanbell.org/join.htm as the way to receive our excellent magazine titled “The Bell Tower”.
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I hope you get some great responses to your question once your post photos! Please understand though, that this organization is an all-volunteer one and our members may not answer your question promptly. So please have patience.
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May 22, 2012 at 11:39 pm #16994RonaKesselmanParticipant
Rona, I am new at this – in two + years I have collected over 350 bells – I started out with brass hand bells – but now that I am addicted and have become more eclectic – I still buy metal bells only – I bought 50 bells at an auction in Akron Ohio last weekend. I did not know your asociation existed until I began researching the Alabaster service bell. I am very excited that I came across this web-site. I will down load the pictures when I get home. I have questions about several other bells I bought last week – but I believe that the Alabaster bell is genuinely unique and maybe special. Thanks for your response – Jim
Here are two photos of Jim’s bell…
Rona – These new pictures are of the bell and its plunger. I took the afternoon cleaning the Alabaster under a glass collectors guidance. I also got advice from a friend who has one of the best mechanical bank collections in the Northeast. The buttons and cherub were glued on poorly – so we removed the buttons and cleaned off all the glue. Once we have a better idea of the specifics of the bell I will have the buttons and cherub replaced professionally. I think the Alabaster looks rich cleaned up. The Alabaster part of the base is 12 inches in diameter and is 3 1/4 inches tall. The bell with the service bell attached is 6 inches tall. The claw base is basically 8 inches in diameter. My glassware friend thinks Italy or England are two places Alabaster is seen in historical artifacts – but that was just a professional guess. Thanks for all your help – Jim
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