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    • #11040
      Carolyn Whitlock
      Participant

      Recently I bought a collection of 12 Peter Rabbit Character Bells and I need help identifying them. They were made by the New England Bell Collectors Society and have the characteristic NE on the back. Does anyone know how many were in that series? Have I identified them correctly? Are these bells all silverplate or are the tops pewter and the bottoms silverplate?

      Does anyone have any information about the New England Bell Collectors Society? I haven’t been able to find anything about them online.

      If I have mis-identified any of these characters, please let me know. By the way, the 12th bell is broken and I wasn’t able to photograph it. I don’t know who that one is, either. I’ll find another one in time.

      Many thanks,
      Carolyn


      Peter Rabbit


      Benjamin Bunny


      Hunka Munca


      Jemima Puddleduck


      Mrs. Rabbit


      Mrs. Ribby


      The Tailor of Gloucester


      Piglet Bland (Pigling Bland?)


      Squirrel Nutkin


      Tom Kitten


      Tommy Brock

    • #14359
      Betty Wright
      Participant

      I also have the collection of Beatrix Potter Rabbit Bells but I don’t have pictures of all. I think the one you have of the mouse reading is “The Tailor of Gloucester” and the other one is “Mrs. Ribby”. If y ou want
      I can write the tag infothat came with the bell but it does not describe how it looks. I notice mine need
      polishing!!
      Betty Wright
      DiMarVA Chapter

    • #14360
      Kallie Bell Gal
      Participant

      Thank you for the pictures and for the names of these Peter Rabbit bells. I have a partial collection–this is outside my usual collecting area, and I have had a hard time getting information about the bells I have. In this part of the country, it may take a LONG time to add to my collection. What is the figure on your twelth bell, and do you have its name? That’s one I need, but I don’t know what to look for, Thanks!! ๐Ÿ™‚
      sam

    • #14361
      Carolyn Whitlock
      Participant

      @Betty Wright wrote:

      I also have the collection of Beatrix Potter Rabbit Bells but I don’t have pictures of all. I think the one you have of the mouse reading is “The Tailor of Gloucester” and the other one is “Mrs. Ribby”. If y ou want
      I can write the tag infothat came with the bell but it does not describe how it looks. I notice mine need
      polishing!!
      Betty Wright
      DiMarVA Chapter

      Dear Betty,

      Thanks for taking the time to register and respond to my question! I appreciate knowing who those two bells are. Thanks for your offer to copy the tag info. I didn’t even know the bells came with tags! I hate to ask you to go to all that trouble when I probably can find some info about these characters online. I still don’t know anything about the maker so if you find something, I would be grateful to hear about it!

      Now, regarding the polishing — I “cheated”. I have a jar of Haggerty’s liquid silver polish and I dipped each one of these bells in it for a few seconds. They were not badly tarnished so I thought I’d take a chance and it worked well. Then, I wrapped each bell in a piece of silver cloth that I had bought quite a few years ago and put each bell in a snack bag and labeled which bell was in each bag. I made sure the bells were thoroughly dry before I did that. There are probably people who would suggest I let the bells breathe rather than put them in a plastic bag.

      Again, thanks for your help!

    • #14362
      Carolyn Whitlock
      Participant

      @Kallie Bell Gal wrote:

      Thank you for the pictures and for the names of these Peter Rabbit bells. I have a partial collection–this is outside my usual collecting area, and I have had a hard time getting information about the bells I have. In this part of the country, it may take a LONG time to add to my collection. What is the figure on your twelth bell, and do you have its name? That’s one I need, but I don’t know what to look for, Thanks!! ๐Ÿ™‚
      sam

      Dear Sam,

      I’m at the stage of life where I don’t want any more silver to polish! However, I saw these bells on ebay for about $25 and thought they would be a good investment because I have a three-year-old granddaughter and I figure these would be good bells to give to her when she gets a little older. We have to cultivate the next generation of bell collectors, you know!

      I will have time tomorrow to pull out the 12th bell and try to take a decent picture of it. The figure is very small and it might be difficult to get a clear close-up of it. I suspect it broke because I didn’t take enough care with it when I put it into a box with other bells. Shame on me! Live and learn, I guess.

      Carolyn

    • #14363
      Carolyn Whitlock
      Participant

      Here is the Peter Rabbit character from my broken bell:

      Can anyone tell me who he is?

      Thanks,

    • #14364
      Kallie Bell Gal
      Participant

      My dear Carolyn,
      Thank you soooo much for posting that picture. Whoever he is; he’s adorable! I’m beginning to think that there may be more bells in this set than I had first thought. Are you pretty well convinced that there are only 12?
      Thanx,
      sam

    • #14365
      Carolyn Whitlock
      Participant

      The set I bought had these twelve bells in it but it would seem there are more. That’s part of my frustration. I haven’t been able to find out anything about how many there actually are in the entire set nor have I been able to find out anything about the company that made them. I have pretty much decided that the figures on top of the bells are made of pewter.

      Thanks for your interest, sam!

      Carolyn

    • #14366
      Kallie Bell Gal
      Participant

      I’m back again! This time I come with two bell character names, but I don’t have bells to accompany them. Do you or anyone else know an “Amiable Guinea Pig” or a “Timmy Willy”? Does either of these names go with that cute guy you have pictured? This is what I get for venturing out of my area of comfort. I know little enough about the bells that I collect–I should never dabble in territories of which I have NO knowledge.
      More confused than ever,
      sam ๐Ÿ˜•

    • #14367
      Kallie Bell Gal
      Participant

      It is really bad when I post a reply to my own reply!! I couldn’t sleep last night so I did a bit a research. You might want to check this out: Concord Library Oral History Program-Sinclair Weeks . It is rather long–pretty interesting–but you can skip to the fifth prargraph from the end to find that the New England Collectors Society sprang from Reed and Barton. I also found and old auction site that listed an 18 bell set of Beatrix Potter bells from the NE Collectors society. (By the way, it got one bid and sold for $90.) There’s more collecting to be done!
      Happy hunting,
      sam

    • #14368
      Carolyn Whitlock
      Participant

      BINGO!

      Wow, that’s wonderful, sam! Thank you so much! These bells look so much like Reed & Barton bells and now I know why! For anyone else who’s interested, you can find the article at http://www.concordlibrary.org/scollect/Fin_Aids/OH_Texts/Weeks.html. The fifth paragraph from the end says:

      In 1980 looking for another source of medium-price plated holloware, we acquired The Sheffield Silver Company of New York which was eventually consolidated into Reed & Barton factories in Taunton, but we kept the name and still use it. In 1981 we decided to try out the collectors business รก la Franklin Mint. We started up a company called the New England Collectors Society which operated very successfully for a number of years. It is no longer in business. That industry is not as dynamic as it was.

      Thanks, again!

    • #14369
      Carolyn Whitlock
      Participant

      @Kallie Bell Gal wrote:

      I’m back again! This time I come with two bell character names, but I don’t have bells to accompany them. Do you or anyone else know an “Amiable Guinea Pig” or a “Timmy Willy”? Does either of these names go with that cute guy you have pictured? This is what I get for venturing out of my area of comfort. I know little enough about the bells that I collect–I should never dabble in territories of which I have NO knowledge.
      More confused than ever,
      sam ๐Ÿ˜•

      OK, here’s what I have found. I’ve never heard of “Amiable Guinea Pig” so I googled the name. Here’s a picture of a figurine called “‘Classic’ The Amiable Guinea Pig” from the Beatrix Potter Emporium. Except for the fact that he doesn’t have a walking stick, there’s no question in my mind but what you are right on the mark with your identification!

      Thanks a bunch (of carrots for Peter, that is!)!

    • #14370
      Joan Elliott
      Participant

      Hi Caroline

      If you go to this website …. http://www.peterrabbit.com/index.asp
      Click on “Play” and the book will open
      Close the pop up by clicking on “begin”
      Click on “Meet the Characters”, the page will turn and then by clicking “Next” you wil be able to see many of the characters.

      I think the hedgehog one could be Mrs Tiggywinkle.

      The World of Beatrix Potter is a wonderful attraction in the North of England, in a beautiful part of our country called The Lake District. This is the area where Beatrix Potter lived. If I find any more information I’ll let you know.

      Joan

    • #14371
      Kallie Bell Gal
      Participant

      Good afternoon,

      You guys are gonna cringe when you see my name appear on a post. First, Joan, that is a beautiful site. It is ceratinly worth a visit, probably more than once. Second, I was planning to write to Carolyn to suggest a site I have found also. It is: http://www.beatrixandpeter.com/list-of-characters The only thing I have against this site is that when one clicks on the character name, it links to a list of items for sale on eBay. This is certainly a convoluted sentence.)It is easy to recognize the character, but I don’t need that kind of temptation. Third, I had thought it wpuld be difficult to find these little character bells here in north Texas–wrong. I am now up to 23 different bells! When I look at the list of characters, I have visions (nightmares?) of this collection becoming a life’s work.

      Still happily hunting,
      sam

    • #14372
      Betty Wright
      Participant

      Hi,
      I think you have all the info that was on my “tag” about the Beatrix Potter Bells. One thing I thought you might like to know is that I paid $16.25 (plus postage and shipping) for each bell! So far, I think you have
      a good deal! I think they are cute. I gave one away to a little girl so I don’t have the whole set, but I have
      enough. Enjoy them!
      Betty Wright

    • #14373
      lonewolf
      Member

      Holly Cow am I glad I am not the only one who seems alittle ‘lost’ withthe names and such….Was dreadfully cleaning the garage and came across the collection my Mom had got me in 86′, 87′ ??? I actually think I have all of them but like others aren’t sure if I know who is who and what ‘card’ goes to who….Still doing research… will post all I find out….

    • #14374
      lonewolf
      Member

      Thanks for the info so much….So I need to get all the little guys out of their 23 year old coffins and see who is exactly who…did some of that while cleaning but need to know actually who is who….Also, I have a 7 to 10 character disney set…..any info on these guys?? Sam, do you know if the ebay site identifies these little guys acurately?? thanks wolf

    • #14375
      lonewolf
      Member

      Betty, if you gifted a piece to a little girl……Beautiful!!!

    • #14376
      Kallie Bell Gal
      Participant

      Greetings Lonewolf,

      I look at my Beatrix Potter bells every day and rue the fact that I don’t yet have a complete set. Worse than that: I’m not sure what to look for to get a full set. I have been under the impression that there are 24 bells, but I’m not altogether certain that is correct. Recently, on ebay, I saw a set of “24 plus one”. I looked at each bell as well as I could, and realized that there were two I did not have, and I have 23. One thing that complicates the issue is that the New England Society apparently also put out some “Mother’s Day Bells” that also embodied some Beatrix Potter firgres ????? Then one has to decide which bells are to be included in what set and if the sets are mutually exclusive.

      As far as identifying the bells pictured above, I am not too sure I agree with the one labeled Tommy Brock. I think that one may be Timmy Willie. Otherwise, I agree with all. Some of the sites that were available several years ago, when I was really involved in trying to put together this set with appropriate names, seem to be no longer available. One site I have found lately that has fairly good pictures is http://www.sewforless.com. This is an embroidery site, so you will have to search a little for the Beatrix Potter images, but it is probably worth the effort.

      So, how many bells do you have?? I really hope you have 24-25. I may just give up if you have 30. ๐Ÿ˜†

      Later,
      sam

    • #14377
      War Eagle Fan
      Participant

      I have the complete set! My husband bought the “subscription” for me to receive them, one per month, back in December of 1989. The first bell was a very adult & distinguished looking Peter Rabbit carrying a basket of holly (this”Christmas” bell began my set). Unfortunately, I am missing ONE bell IF the sellers on eBay are correct that there are 24 + 1 bells. I did NOT receive another bell commemorating a holiday.

      Now, if the cat shown in the first post is indeed Mrs. Ribby, then I have another cat that I THOUGHT was Mrs. Ribby. I will post individual pictures of my entire set if that would help anyone. Just post & let me know.

    • #14378
      War Eagle Fan
      Participant

      I thought this list might help some still looking for the bells. The bells that I have are:

      *Peter Rabbit at Christmas
      *Peter Rabbit
      *Little Benjamin Bunny
      *Old Mr. Benjamin Bunny
      *Mrs. Rabbit
      *Mrs. Ribby
      *Mrs. Ribby (I really don’t think they would have issued TWO Mrs. Ribby’s though, so I’m really wanting to identify this other cat.)
      *Tom Kitten
      *Miss Moppet
      *Squirrel Nutkin
      *Timmy Tiptoes
      *The Tailor of Gloucester
      *Appley Dapply
      *Mrs. Tittlemouse
      *Timmy Willie
      *Hunca Munca
      *Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle
      *Duchess
      *Jemima Puddleduck
      *Mr. Jeremy Fisher
      *Little Pig Robinson
      *Piggly Bland
      *Amiable Guinea Pig

    • #14379
      War Eagle Fan
      Participant

      Upon reviewing this list, I do think I AM missing one bell!!! ๐Ÿ™

    • #14380
      Kallie Bell Gal
      Participant

      Greetings War Eagle Fan!!
      I would LOVE ๐Ÿ˜€ it if you could post a picture or two. I don’t have anything that resembles a Christmas bell, so I would like to see your Peter Rabbit at Christmas. Two of the others are not familiar to me either: Mrs. Ribby, the one you are in doubt about (I do seem to recall having seen a cat in a rocking chair, but it was listed as a Mother’s Day bell), and Little Pig Robinson. It has been really hard to put together a collection without a reference as to how many are really in the collection. It would help also if there were a master list. I may have to get back to researching this little group of bells. I had been relatively successful in the past, but I haven’t worked on it for a year or so. I am really glad to know there is someone else out there interested in these little bells.

    • #14381
      Tarnail
      Participant

      I am new to this so please excuse me. I’ve been browsing through the various entries regarding the Beatrix Potter Bell collection. I received this as a gifts years back. The entire set includes 24 bells (the Christmas Bell is not part of the set). I have the entire set…along with the display case(something that came with the subscription to the entire collection). It was titled “The First Beatrix Potter Silverplated Bell Collection” put out by The New England Collectors Society. Here is the list of bells in the order they were produced:
      Peter Rabbit – #01A
      Jemima Puddle-Duck – #02B
      Tailor of Gloucester – #03C
      Hunca Munca – #04D
      Benjamin Bunny – #05E
      Mrs. Ribby – #06F
      Tom Kitten – #07G
      Mrs. Rabbit – #08H
      Pigling Bland – #09I
      Squirrel Nutkin – #10J
      Timmy Willie – #11K
      Amiable Guinew Pig – #12L
      Timmy Tiptoes – #13M
      Pig Robinson – #14N
      Old Mr. Bunny – #15O
      Tabatha Twitchit – #16P
      Miss Moppet – #17Q
      Jeremy Fisher – $18R
      Mrs. Tittlemouse – #19S
      Mrs. Tiggy Winkle – #20T
      Appley Dapply – #21U
      Duchess – #22V
      Johnny Townmouse – #23W
      Goody Tiptoes – #24x

      I was actually trying to find information as to where I could list to sell this collection. I would love any and all advice that I can get. Mine are all still in the original wrapping that they came in with the original box the display case was shipped in…I don’t think they have ever seen the light of day. A gift my mother got for me…just never appreciated them I guess. And now here we are, 20 years later ๐Ÿ˜€

      Thank you!!!

    • #14382
      Carolyn Whitlock
      Participant

      Dear Tarnail,

      This is wonderful information! Thank you for sharing it with us.

      Carolyn

    • #14383
      lousim
      Member

      Yes there was 2 extra bells outside of the two sets of twelve, the Christmas Peter Rabbit,(which I do not have), and a Mothers Day one that has a seated Mrs. Rabbit with two children on her lap, I assume Peter and a sibling, (which I do have). I thought I had the complete 24 piece Beatrix Potter set, because when I got them from my mother, thats what she told me. I started going through them a few days ago because I came across them in the attic and got a renewed intrest in them. After the first set of twelve, and the Mothers Day one, they did not look like any in the series, but instead, they were a set of twelve Mother Goose Nursery Rhyme bells. They are made by the Barton & Reed corp. for the New England Collectors Society, they all have the same little tags for each one with identifing marks, the bells all have the NE stamped on them, they range from Mother Goose, Queen of Hearts, Little Boy Blue, Cat and the Fiddle, Humpty Dumpty, Ole King Cole, Jack and Jill, Mouse and Clock, Mary had a little Lamb, Jack Sprat, Little Bo Peep, and Mary Mary quite Contrary. I have tried to find any information on these bells and can find none. I assume they must be from around the time of the others, but very rare. If anyone has any information on these please let me know, or if you have an intrest in them, let me know also. Thank You. L.S.

    • #14384
      Kallie Bell Gal
      Participant

      I am SOOOO happy to see the complete list of these little bells. It has taken me several years to complete my set, but I finally managed to do it. YEA!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ I have noticed lately that these bells are being listed with increasing frequency on several online auction sites. That would make collecting the set much easier. Now, its on to looking around for my next project.

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