Can anyone tell me about these bells
March 21, 2012 at 3:27 am #11934
The little woman bell is made in england. The bigger saint bell I don’t know 4.5 inch diameter and 5.75 inch high. The saint bell has st marcus, st lucas, st johannes andst matheus on it. Are these worth anything my mom gave them to me.
March 21, 2012 at 3:54 am #16703
some pics of the saints
March 21, 2012 at 3:56 am #16704
final 2 pics
March 21, 2012 at 7:04 pm #16705Carolyn WhitlockParticipant
The religious bell is called “The Evangelist Bell” by most. Check out our article on viewtopic.php?f=19&t=435 to learn more about this bell. Also, if you do a search for “Evangelist Bell” at the top of the page in the right-hand corner, you will find many links to postings on this forum that talk about this bell and its variations.
The little woman bell is quite common and can still be found in gift shops and antique shops. However, yours looks pretty old, judging by the amount of wear on the face (nose, especially) from being rung.
As far as the value of the bells is concerned, both bells can often be found on a popular online auction site. I suggest you do a search for “Brass Lady Bell” and look for this lady. Then watch the auctions and you’ll have a pretty good idea of the general value. The same goes for the Evangelist Bell.
March 22, 2012 at 4:05 am #16706
Thanks for the information on the bells any idea how old the evangelist bell might be?
I will definitely check into these bells on an auction site.
March 22, 2012 at 4:13 pm #16707Carolyn WhitlockParticipant
My guess would be that the Evangelist bell is a 20th century-made bell but I really don’t know. Others may be able to give you a better idea of its age.
Regarding the lady bell, I received an e-mail from a very knowledgeable friend who commented to me that he doesn’t buy the story that the noses of figurine bells were rubbed off from being rung over the course of time. S/he says, “Just a lousy casting, sandcast copy of a copy of a…, mold might have rocked a bit when being removed. You could ring it every day for 100 years and not wear off that much brass, and that wouldn’t have made those deep furrows along each side of the nose. My opinion, anyway.”
Nonetheless, it’s a nice little bell. Enjoy it!
Personally, I wouldn’t pay as much as $25 for either bell.
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