May 6, 2008 at 1:57 am #10861
Here’s another bell I obtained as part of a collection I bought. While not really in my interest range, I mostly collect brass pieces, it is a bit intriguing.
It’s 4 3/4″ high with a bell skirt diameter of 2 1/2 “. It’s all ceramic with a little ceramic ball striker on a string ribbon inside.
The patina looks a bit old, with probably real gold highlights. Very detailed flowers are slip attached to the front with stylized berries around the rim and berry bushes on the handle and back.
No markings what so ever. that I can find.
Any idea of where it’s from or the age or what it’s worth? I include a couple views, didn’t bother with the inside as there really isn’t much to see. It’s smooth inside just as the outside the ribbon string is tied through a hole in the back (see back view) with a little hand rolled marble of ceramic (white but doesn’t appear as finished as the rest. The handle has a hole going into it from the inside, so I suspect it’s hollow.
May 12, 2008 at 4:56 pm #13756
Your bell is a typical “gift shop/souvenir” bell. It’s value to a collector is quite minimal.
May 14, 2008 at 10:35 pm #13757
I was suspecting more of a ‘gift’ piece, along the lines of the ABA bell in the last bell tower mag.
So I was hoping that someone would recognize it and say something like “yes, this is from
conference on flowers as a delegate gift” or some such.
Most gift shop type bells I have seen (and admittedly it’s not something I would have been specifically looking for) usually are a bit more cheaply made (printed image) with the city/group/whatever it is representing printed on it some where.
Still looks like a pretty bell to me.
May 14, 2008 at 11:38 pm #13758
Well Gary….I know I must have disappointed you, but I had to give you my honest opinion. One of the key factors that stood out was the fact that the clapper is hung by, (I believe you said), a ribbon. That in itself doesn’t indicate a quality bell. In addition, it appears from the picture that the ribbon comes up through to the outside of the bell and is knotted there. Still another indication of an inexpensive bell. Try as I might, I can’t make a silk purse out of, (well you know what I mean). Sorry. 😥
May 15, 2008 at 4:40 pm #13759Carolyn WhitlockParticipant
One of the nice things about the members of ABA is that they don’t all collect expensive bells! Most of us have an appreciation of all kinds of bells and probably all have some inexpensive bells in our collections simply because they appeal (pun intended) to us.
ABA does not hold a competition to see who has the most bells, the most expensive bell, the “nicest” collection, etc. We respect the idea that different people have different tastes and different abilities to pay. We treasure our collections. By no means does everyone know about every one of their bells. The search for information is part of the joy of collecting!
May 16, 2008 at 6:51 pm #13760
It’s also great to have the learning from the experience of others, such as Rita!
Her input is greatly appreciated.
I noted the discontinuity and was wondering why. The flower showed an extra touch but the clapper did not. That said, I recognize that most ceramic bells that I have seen either have no clapper or ones hung like this one.
It probably is an inexpensive one, but had enough features that I thought it might have some sort of ‘social’ significance. Things like : a give-away item for a wedding or convention.
I’m certainly not hurt either way, I think it’s a nice looking bell and intend to keep it anyway.
“It’s not the price – it’s the value!”
May 17, 2008 at 3:32 am #13761
Thanks Garry…..I appreciate your comments regarding my commentary on your ceramic bell. I too have inexpensive bells in my collection and they mean the world to me either because of who gave them to me, or where I was when I purchased them.
May 17, 2008 at 4:22 pm #13762billuscherMember
Hi Gary, I have purchased over 3000 bells and never thought about the value of the bell, I bought them because i liked them or thought they were unusual. I love my collection not because it is valuable but because it is beautiful. Good luck to you, Bill
May 20, 2008 at 6:34 pm #13763
I quite agree Bill!
And I plan to keep this one because I think it is a bit unique – in that I have never seen one like this before.
My question on value was a minor component to me, and comes from the fact that I am trying to ‘specialize’ on brass bells- I don’t really know much about the other types. So when I come across one I am try to learn. Relative costs are part of that. I am also starting to acquire enough ‘collectibles’ that I think I’d better start looking at insurance values.
I have a few others that I hope to post here soon for other’s comments. It’s interesting to see how close I can get with what I believe the history and whatnot is behind them.
People like yourselves are an invaluable resource in both finding out new things about the bells as well as in confirming some of my conceptions/ (miss- or otherwise!
) on these neat pieces of history. Thanks for being patient with me!
May 21, 2008 at 6:10 pm #13764billuscherMember
Please enjoy your bells, they are all treasures. i love just looking at them.
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