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      Emil Huddy Table Bells
      (Bill Martin & Alan Burgdorf)

      Emil Huddy graduated from high school in the early 30’s as a trained electrician. During WWII he was in the Army Signal Corps as an electronics specialist. By the time he was discharged, he had also had experiences and training as a machinist, radar specialist and a computer technician. A friend showed him a newspaper article on the ancient “LOST WAX” process of casting metals. In 1947, he and a friend started an investment casting foundry (York Casting, said to be one of the best lost wax foundries in the East at that time). During the next 20 years the company used the lost wax process to manufacture a host of modern devices and tools. They did precision castings for IBM, Kodak, the military, and some types of dental equipment.

      In 1968 he married a BELL COLLECTOR!!! She persuaded him to take her to the ABA Convention in Niagara Falls. After he got there he was quite intrigued. He met many members and enjoyed the afternoon stay. A few weeks later after visiting more bell collectors Emil really began to be interested in bells and bell making.

      Later that year they moved to California. He decided to try casting bells himself. He rented a corrugated metal building on the property next door and named it ARTCAST. He produced his first lost-wax bell in 1971.

      From the information we have been able to assemble, it seems that Emil made 57 different metal table bells, often grouping several into a series. Production numbers are generally not known. We must assume that some were more popular than others. Some, for example the Roman Centurion and Sacajawea, are encountered relatively frequently. Others, like the Animal Series, are rarely found. A few were experimental, with one or two produced, but never put into production.

      The list below includes all the known bells, grouped by series and initial year of production. The name, and any specific comments about that bell, is followed by the height in inches, and then known sales prices over the years when available. Some were astonishing bargains, some were very costly. Very little is known about the 1972 Animal Series, though we do know that the original sales prices were mostly in the $15 – $20 range. We only have a picture of one of these bells. We are also missing a picture for #46 – Ho Tai.

      (If a reader can supply additional information or digital pictures, please contact alanburgdorf@hotmail.com)

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      Emil Huddy Bells

      1971 First Series
      01 – Queen Guinevere …………………………………. (4.25) – $12 in 2004
      02 – Knight on Horse ……………………………………. (5.0) – $330 in 2002
      03 – Archer ……………………………………………… (5.25) – $75 in 2001
      04 – Sea Horse ………………………………………….. (4.25) – $75 in 2002
      05 – Lady of Shalott/Elaine the Fair ……………………. (4.0) – $110 in 2004

      1971 African Series
      06 – Native American Dancer ………………………….. (4.75) – $45 in 1989
      07 – Warrior ……………………………………………. (4.75) – $75 in 1998
      08 – Drummer Boy …………………………………….. (4.25) – $45 in 1989
      09 – Dancer ……………………………………………. (4.25) – $210 in 1992
      10 – African Antelope …………………………………. (4.75) – $200 in 2006

      1972 Fictional Series
      11 – Troll ………………………………………………. (5.0) – $18 in 2004
      12 – Scarecrow ………………………………………… (5.25) – $65 in 2004
      13 – Mardi Gras ………………………………………… (6.75)
      14 – Arabian Sultan …………………………………….. (3.5) – $110 in 2008
      15 – Diogenes ………………………………………….. (3.75)
      16 – Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm …………………… (4.25) – $190 in 2002

      1972 Animal Series
      17 – Lion ………………………………………………. (4.25)
      18 – Sea Lion …………………………………………… (3.0)
      19 – Burro ……………………………………………… (3.5)
      20 – French Poodle ……………………………………. (4.0)
      21 – Irish Setter ………………………………………… (3.5)
      22 – Sail Fish ……………………………………………. (4.5)
      23 – Tuna ………………………………………………. (3.75)
      24 – Swordfish ………………………………………….. (4.5)
      25 – Shark ………………………………………………. (3.75)
      26 – Elephant …………………………………………… (3.75)
      27 – Moose ……………………………………………… (4.5) – $45 in 2004
      28 – Dragon …………………………………………….. (4.0)

      1972 Christmas Series
      29 – Magi-Gaspar ……………………………………….. (4.0) – $110 in 2001
      30 – Magi-Balthasar …………………………………….. (4.0) – $110 in 2001
      31 – Magi-Melchior ……………………………………… (3.5) – $110 in 2001

      1976 Biblical Series – edition of 200
      32 – Roman Centurion …………………………………. (7.5) – $190 in 2009
      33 – Ruth ………………………………………………. (7.5) – $240 in 2006
      34 – Joseph …………………………………………….. (6.0) – $170 in 2008
      35 – Rebecca …………………………………………… (6.0) – $210 in 2006
      36 – David ……………………………………………… (6.75) – $180 in 2010
      37 – Apostle Paul ……………………………………… (4.75) – $260 in 2011

      1977 Famous American Indian Series
      38 – Sacajawea – edition of 300 ………………………. (6.5) – $190 in 2008
      39 – Chief Joseph – edition of 500 ……………………. (6.75) – $230 in 2007

      1978 Bird Series – edition of 500
      40 – Owl ……………………………………………….. (6.75) – $200 in 2003
      41 – California Quail ……………………………………. (5.5) – $150 in 2003
      42 – Flicker ……………………………………………. (8.5) – $175 in 2003
      43 – Road Runner ……………………………………… (5.75) – $150 in 2003

      Miscellaneous
      44 – Queen Elizabeth, nodder 1973 ……………………. (5.5) – $250 in 2001
      45 – Hartley Walnut, 1973 …………………………….. (3.0) – orig price $15
      46 – Ho Tai, 1973 ………………………………………. (4.5) – orig price $18
      47 – Cowboy Boot ……………………………………… (5.75)
      48 – Tsar Kolokol, 1981 edition of 50 ………………… (5.75) – $225 in 1999
      49 – Ma Bell, 1984 edition of 300 ……………………… (8.0) – $675 in 2002
      50 – Great Ming Dynasty, 1988 edition of 50 ………… (12.0) – $400 in 2003
      51 – Boy w/ Leaky Boot, 1989 edition of 300 …………. (7.0) – $250 in 2001

      Experimental or One of a Kind
      52 – Moose, alternate version …………………………. (5.5)
      53 – Rabbit, only 1 made ……………………………… (4.25)
      54 – Cat, only 2 made ………………………………….. (3.0)
      55 – Peacock, only 1 made ……………………………. (3.75)
      56 – Revolutionary Boy w/ Fife ………………………… (4.5)
      57 – Titanic Ship’s Bell, only 1 and never finished ……. (7.0)

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      Huddy Bell Pictures

      1971 First Series

      Queen Guinevere, Knight on Horse, Archer

      Sea Horse, Lady of Shalott/Elaine the Fair

      1971 African Series

      Native American Dancer, Warrior, Drummer Boy

      Dancer, African Antelope

      1972 Fictional Series

      Troll, Scarecrow, Mardi Gras

      Arabian Sultan, Diogenes, Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm

      1972 Animal Series (Moose is the only available picture)

      1972 Christmas Series

      Gaspar, Balthasar, Melchior

      1976 Biblical Series

      Roman Centurion, Ruth, Joseph

      Rebecca, David, Apostle Paul

      1977 Famous American Indian Series

      Sacajawea, Chief Joseph

      1978 Bird Series

      Owl, California Quail, Flicker, Road Runner

      Miscellaneous

      Queen Elizabeth, Hartley Walnut, Ho Tai (no picture), Cowboy Boot

      Tsar Kolokol, Ma Bell, Great Ming Dynasty, Boy w/ Leaky Boot

      Experimental or One of a Kind

      Moose (alternate version), Rabbit, Cat

      Peacock, Revolutionary Boy w/ Fife, Titanic Ship’s Bell

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