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    • #11108

      Larissa asks:

      This bell was bought in Paris, France. As you can see it has an outside tongue. Is it a rare thing or not?

      If you can help, please post a response.

      This inquiry was originally sent to the ABA’s Internet Coordinator. Responses are opinions of individuals based on their personal research and knowledge.

    • #14574

      You don’t give any sizes or say what it is made of or markings, so I am going by the photo and what I can make of it.

      I believe this to be of the class “Decorative Children’s Fable” bell. Probably representing Mother Goose. The bells were never intended to be used, but rather of a decorative nature. To ring the clapper is held away from the bell and allowed to drop as if the goose was swinging it against the bell. While sitting on a table or something, I would think that the sound would be somewhat muffled though.

      I have seen this very similar (I’d say exact, but my memory may be playing tricks on me!) character bell before, approximately 25 – 30 years ago. The only difference was that the clapper hung inside. I have seen similar outside clappered bells as well, but with different characters on them (i.e. a crane – as I recall the clapper was a baby bundle shaped and it was being sold to announce a birth.)

      I don’t believe it is particularly valuable, Looks like a mass produced item sold in chain stores in the early 80’s. But it is a nice looking bell and would appeal (pun included! 😛 ) to collectors of children toys, fairy tales etc.

      Hope this helps!


    • #14575

      I have a bell with the outside clapper only the figure is a rearing horse with the chain hanging from the two from hooves which are in the air. Is a light bell and not of value unless you are a collector of horse bells.

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