Steve in Florida writes:
How rare is my small crystal bell which I aquired about 50 years ago? Typical bell shape,4.5 ins.tall,Ruby Red handle,clear crystal bell,skirt 2.25 ins. wide, half inch Ruby Red ball clapper fused to a crystal stem, top is looped thru crystal loop fused to handle.100% glass.Sounds beautifull.
When he sent me a picture of the bell, he added:
… would appreciate any effort made to evaluate this bell. It would break my heart if any of my many grand and great-grands treated my little gems like junk.
Steve thinks this may be a “one-of-a-kind” bell. What do you think?
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This inquiry was originally sent to the ABA’s Internet Coordinator. Responses are opinions of individuals based on their personal research and knowledge.
This is a hand blown glass bell. Many tourist sites have glass blowers who make bells of these dimensions as souvenirs. I’ve seen similar bells made at Colonial Williamsburg and Greenfield Village. Without further information, it would be nearly impossible to determine who or where it was made. It is beautiful and should be treasured. It is likely one of a kind.
Harry Long, MD
I cannot tell you who made your bell, but I can tell you that when my husband and I were in the business of buying and selling bells, we came across quite a few of these little bells. As I remember it, the handles that we had were ruby red or cobalt blue. I guess you could consider them “one of a kind” because each had variations in heights and diameters, but basically they were much the same. They distinguished themselves from other hand blown bells because their handles and ball clappers always matched. In any event they are classic pieces. 🙂