Late in the nineteenth century, French glass artisans created a series of flint glass bells that are both rare and highly sought today. Each of these flint glass bells feature an enameled bronze handle in the shape of an animal. The clapper within each bell is cleverly coordinated with the animal handle. A cat handled flint bell would feature a mouse clapper; a bear handle warranted a pine cone clapper. Each of these flint bells stands roughly four inches high. The glass bodies of flint bells were colored, most often in green or amethyst. At times, these bells are marked “France,” written in black, along the lower edge of the bell. Aside from the country of origin, little more is known about these coveted bells. Speculation has it that they were produced by the Baccarat factory in Lorraine but nothing conclusive has yet been found to confirm this. These highly desirable bells bring between $500 and $900 on the collector’s market.