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    • #11023

      I am finally getting around to showing a few of the other bells I have been picking up.

      I have one that appears to be brass, but will hold a magnet at the waist only. I suspect it’s because it’s a strong magnet and that’s where the eye hook for the clapper attachment is.

      it’s 4 inches high, by 2 1/2 inches at the skirt bell.

      Standard round iron clapper on a fixed stiff wire.

      Says “Made In England” around the clapper attachment point.

      I believe it to be an export tourist bell, vintage after WWII (I think “made in” England part was added to import regulations of the USA at about that time, prior to that it could just say “England”, but I am a bit fuzzy when that rule came in to place.

      It appears to be cast, as there is a seam up both ‘sides’ of the figure, that have been ground off.

      I could not find a match with the dress style or face/head in my books with any particular monarch, so I am thinking it’s one of the generic ‘fancy dress lady’ type bells.

      Does that sound about right? Anything to change or Add?

      Figure bells are not really my strong point.


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      Denise Kushner

      This is a newer reproduction of an older bell. It is not quite as detailed as the older bell, as far as I can tell by the picture, and I believe some are still being made. However, the made in England mark means it is not anywhere near new. The US law required the origin of the bell. or any other item shipped to the US, to be stamped on it, hence the “Made in England” stamp. That was changed quite some time ago, sorry I don’t remember the exact year, but we have paper stamps on items now. Hope that helps a little.

    • #14294

      Hi again Garry, as the last post indicated this bell represents Queen Elizabeth I (1533-1603). She also is a very popular subject for hand bell manufactures and there are many figurine bells said to represent the old gal. – oops sorry anyone from the UK 😳

      This particular pose is popular – and yes is still being made in Europe. A friend purchased a new one (quite nice detail) in Italy 2 years ago. However, the same version has been made since the 1950’s (that I know of) and you probably have a mid 20th century version due to the engraving.

      Ok just a bit about Her Majesty:

      Elizabeth I was born in 1533 to Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. Although she entertained many marriage proposals and is said to have flirted incessantly, she never married nor had children. Elizabeth, the last of the Tudors, died at seventy years of age after a very successful forty-four year reign. (How’s that summary for covering 70 years of life?)

      Anyway, for fun I have posted a copy of a painting of Queen Elizabeth I. You can see from the picture how the bell manufactures decided on a design for her dress.

      Also posted is another version ( a bit older) of QE I – I have at least 4 wildly different bells said to be the same Queen.

      Hope this has been helpful – keep collecting, & keep asking questions – the search is fun!

      PS: Believe it or not the research can be fun too.

    • #14295

      Hi again Diane!

      Thanks for such useful information. I like to make identity / info cards to go with the bells and other antiques etc. I buy. This will help greatly!

      Yes, I often buy interesting items and bells with an eye to the joy of researching it. It is interesting and educational to find the history and uses of these items!


    • #14296

      Thanks for your reply too Denise!

      I too, believe it to be a newer reproduction. I believe there were two changes to import laws, where they first just had to have the country of origin, then later modified that to “made in” country of origin. I believe that was to avoid confusion with items “about the country” vs those “from the country”, but that is a guess.

      I wish I could remember when this all occurred. It seems to me to be about 1960-70 but I am not certain.

      Thanks for the reply!


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