November 5, 2009 at 4:11 am #11280AnonymousInactive
Ann T. writes:
I was trying to find out about my bell. I have searched the internet but can’t find anything or one that looks like it. It is 6″ high glass, is thin, and the top may be brass – not sure. Star and crown with shield says DE insde shield and has the letters N and D. The glass has a slight yellow green tint.
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.
November 6, 2009 at 1:27 am #14988hjlong3Participant
This bell is a real beauty. The style and the intricate disk on the crown suggests that it is a French Flint Glass Bell. This is different than the square bells with the colorful animal handles and clappers that we associate with flint glass bells. There are other flint glass bells and this appears to be one. These were made in France in the late 1800s-early 1900s and were sold as gifts and presentation pieces. Some sources attribute them to Baccarat, but I am unaware that this association has ever been confirmed. The handle most likely represents the letters of the organization for which it was made. I know nothing more about it, but you have a very beautiful and valuable bell.
Harry Long, MD
November 9, 2009 at 4:25 pm #14989maxkurilloParticipant
Ann, To look at pictures it is quite hard to identify bells. Sometimes,there are all kinds of marks that are hidden or very small imbedded in the bell. So it will take some dective work on your part to find the clues and share them with us, make notes of what you do. You will need a small magnet and a good magnifing glass. Take a magnet and check ALL the various metal parts outside and inside the bell. Take a very close look at the handle and try to determine if coating colors are only on selective sections or at one time on the entire handle, this will be very time consuming, note everyhing. Look Inside the glass bell and see how the handle is attached to the bell. The metal handle might be glued on or it might have a threaded screw thru the glass, in which case try to unscrew the handle. If it is threaded just a drop of oil on the joints will loosen it up. When you have it apart look at the outside top of the glass are there any marks? Look at the bottom of the metal cap that fits on top of the glass, does it have any marks? Look at the hole in the glass is it drilled or cast with the glass, you might be able to tell by looking at the hole edges, are they sharp or rounded. If you meed help ask a Jewler or watch repair person the will have the proper tools. Let us know what you find and perhaps somone might be able to ID the bell. On the other hand there may not be anything find or to ID. Please let us know. No matter what the outcome, you have had fun , and know your bell inside and out.
November 14, 2009 at 12:08 pm #14987AnnParticipant
I took top of bell the hole i think drilled not sure its round with couple tiny cracks coming from hole.
The top is in three bits, the clapper round ball with screw at top silver colour the magnet does not stick.
There is a flat piece that sits on top of bell fancy pattern silver under side gold colour top side and magnet does not stick.
The top the biggest piece is silver colour and the star, crown, sword and shield with the letters are gold coloured and magnet does not stick.
I cant find any marks on bell or top, the clapper looks quite worn and the top could do with a clean.
The bell has a tiny bubble in glass on rim.
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