I have a rather unusual sculpted figure bell. I believe that it is made out of brass and it depicts a young woman in pig-tails reading a book. She seems to be dressed in a victorian style dress. The bell is signed in the lower right rear of the piece in what appears to be “TAKA(a backwards N)oc(another backwards N). Regardless of endless research, I have been unable to find anything on this bell or another like it. If you might have any information on it’s orgin or value, or if you would like me to send photographs, please contact me via email at email@example.com. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time.
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Hi, I noticed nobody replied to you. It might be because this type of bell has just started to come up on ebay. In my opinium This is not an old bell. If you notice it is bright gold on the outside,the inside shows no wear. This shows that the bell has no patina,and is new. The bells are from an address shipped from Russia. I might be wrong,they are beautiful Good luck on your search. Peggy
It might be useful to post a photo of the inside of the bell too.
The type of clapper and the way it is hung often gives hints.
Also, the inside of the bells, I find, are usually not as finished so they give hints as to how they were made.
These are useful clues.
Sizes and testing for iron (use a magnet) also help.