In researching my Hemony bell I have become quite interested in the small brass lady bells. I think I would like to start collecting them. Can anyone tell me what to look for? There seems to be quite a few listed on E-Bay, but I am not sure how to tell if they are really collectible or just junk. Any help on this?
The best advice I can offer is to proceed slowly. Most of the brass lady bells on eBay are quite common. Prices have declined in recent years and you can get some good bargains. Despite a seller’s claim that a particular example is “rare”, you will see most of them over and over, so you may as well purchase a good example the first time. You should especially look for clear detail of the features, and the face is a good place to start.
I made a quick search for “lady bell” on eBay and here are two you could browse by entering the item number in the search field. Item number 250114707952 is a decent example of a Dutch lady, not great but perfectly acceptable, fairly good features, and worth maybe $25. Compare that with the face on item number 130113891353 and decide which you would rather have. If you can’t see the features clearly then ask the seller for additional pictures. If they don’t arrive and/or don’t satisfy you, then wait for the next one. The chance of missing a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity is VERY small. You will learn by looking. Good luck.
Thank you so much for your help. I went in to E-Bay as you suggested and I see exactly what you mean. This has been a great help. Thanks again.
For new collectors I suggest buy bells that you like and can afford, as your collection grows you will start to learn more and will specialize.
If you really love the bell who cares if it is “junk”
Thank you for your suggestions. I agree.