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      halanb has brought forward an interesting topic. He recalls that a few years ago, ABA member Bill Martin gave a talk about Man Bells – figural or figurine bells with men on them. Alan noticed that some of his bells that he told Bill about had a common feature: they were men sitting on bells! He has sent me the pictures and suggested that it would be an interesting topic if people would post pictures of bells with a figure sitting on them.

      This would make a good topic for chapter meetings!

      Thanks, Alan!

      (Admin) Carolyn

      Voltaire, seated on a mound or haystack, bronze, 4”.

      Male figure, carrying another person on his back. Usually identified as Saint Christopher and the full-grown Christ. However, second figure appears female and some think it represents Aristotle and Phyllis. Bronze, 6.75”.

      Zouave gunner seated on a mortar and lighting his pipe, ormolu figure, base is silver over bronze, 5.5 in.

      Oriental man, seated on pagoda, bronze, 4”.

      Lincoln Imp, largest size made by Pearson Page, brass 4.5”.

      Dartmoor Pixie, Pearson Page, brass, 4”

      A creation by ABA member Alan Burgdorf of a lady sitting on a brass bell.

      Burgdorf had a display of his fantastic bell creations in the BEHOLD Room at the 2010 convention of the American Bell Association. He also gave a presentation telling how he makes his bells.

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      Carolyn Whitlock

      Alan has encouraged me to look at my bells to see if I have any of a figure sitting on a bell. I was surprised at how many I have!

      Porcelain bell with a fairy sitting on an inverted yellow flower.

      Some believe this bronze bell is a sad Pagliacchi (clown), the namesake of Leoncavallo’s famous opera about a jealous husband. He is sitting on a stool in the theatre.

      Brass bell showing two pixies sitting on a mushroom (maybe someone can tell me more about this unique bell).

      Gerry Ballantyne’s “Omar Khayyam” is sitting on a stack of pillows. Omar Khayyam (1048-1131) was a respected mathematician and astronomer who helped reform the ancient Muslim calendar. In the modern era he is more fondly remembered as the author of the brief, lyrical poems known collectively as The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. Omar is said to have adopted the name Khayyam (“the tentmaker”) in honor of his father’s trade. This bell is cast in bronze by the lost wax method.

      Gerry Ballantyne’s “Robin Hood”. Robin Hood is a heroic outlaw in English folklore. He and his band of merry men are usually portrayed as living in Sherwood Forest, in Nottinghamshire, where much of the action in the early ballads take place. This bell is cast in bronze by the lost wax method.

      Gerry Ballantyne’s “Rip Van Winkle”. The story of Rip Van Winkle (a short story written by Washington Irving and published in 1819) is set in the years before and after the American Revolutionary War. Rip Van Winkle, a villager of Dutch descent, lives in a nice village at the foot of New York’s Catskill Mountains. An amiable man whose home and farm suffer from his lazy neglect, he is loved by all but his wife. One autumn day he escapes his nagging wife by wandering up the mountains. There he encounters strangely dressed men, rumored to be the ghosts of Henry Hudson’s crew, who are playing nine-pins. After drinking some of their liquor, he settles down under a shady tree and falls asleep. He wakes and returns to his village, where he finds twenty years have passed. He finds out that his wife has died and that his close friends have died in a war or gone somewhere else. He immediately gets into trouble when he proclaims himself a loyal subject of King George III, not knowing that the American Revolution has taken place. An old local recognizes him, however, and Rip’s now grown daughter takes him in. Rip resumes his habitual idleness, and his tale is solemnly believed by the old Dutch settlers, with certain hen-pecked husbands wishing they shared Rip’s good luck. This bell is cast in bronze by the lost wax method.

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