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    • #10696
      Carolyn Whitlock
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      This lovely crystal bell with a blue handle stands about six inches tall. I have never seen one like it. I found it in that great antique shop in Quechee, VT. Does anyone know anything about this bell such as what company made it?

      Thanks,

    • #13343
      Nice1todealwith
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      Hi Carloyn, if you look at item 270186951501 on eBay I think you will find it to be the same bell. Just type that number into the search bar. According to the seller It still has the orginal sticker that says “Made in Romania Padurea Neagra. Hope that helps. Alan

    • #13344
      Anonymous
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      Anne sent the same information as Alan

      Dear Carolyn,
      This bell is in (clear with frosted handle) A.A. Trinidad’s book Collectible Glass Bells of the World (2003) page 132. It is from Romania and made by Padurea Neagra. I also have this bell as well as the clear one. They are beautiful.
      Sincerely,
      Anne

    • #13345
      Carolyn Whitlock
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      Thank you, both! I appreciate your help in identifying my bell.

    • #13346
      BellSage
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      Yes, it does look like Pădurea Neagră crystal. This is in Romania now, I think. It’s an area where the borders shifted around many times over the centuries.

      Pădurea Neagră also makes some clear crystal bells with this finial with etched images. They are charming bells and don’t have the look and feel of “cheap” bells. Often the crystal near the bottom lip is quite delicate and thin. I don’t know if they pride themselves on this (it might be technologically more difficult). There’s an area of Ireland where they very much pride themselves on the lightness and thinness of their porcelain bells.

      I love the “snail” finials on these. There were only a few bell makers who made snail finials.

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