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    • #12284
      twrt450
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      Hello. I want to first say how happy I am to have found your website! I really enjoy finding sites for enthusiasts of a particular topic, especially when they are willing to help others, especially newbies like me. I have purchased this bell at an auction, not intending to keep it, although I now find it quite beautiful. I believe it is bronze, but perhaps brass. The bell stands about 6 1/2″ high and the bottom of the bell measures about 9 1/4″ in diameter. It is very heavy weighing almost 17 lbs. It has an absolutely beautiful fox hunting scene engraved around the surface of the bell. The bell is signed and the mounting piece is also signed. It appears they both say JM 98. I know this is not an antique or vintage bell, but likely something from 1998 that was artist crafted for perhaps, a porch bell. But, I have been able to find nothing in my searches. Can any one provide any information regarding the artist of this and the desirability for such a bell. I do appreciate it. karen
      I am showing it mounted on a wood base which is how I purchased it, but have since removed the bell.



    • #17543
      halanb
      Participant


      Your bronze bell, called Horses and Hounds, was cast by ABA member John McCombie. Because of the size and weight, I don’t think he made very many of them. If you like it, I’d say to keep it since it is a fairly unique item.

      You can find more information about John’s work here:
      viewtopic.php?f=19&t=4715

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    • #17544
      twrt450
      Participant

      I cannot thank you enough! karen

    • #17545
      Carolyn Whitlock
      Participant

      Alan,

      We know that John McCombie usually puts a unique clapper on his bells. I can’t tell from the picture what this clapper represents. Is it a log?

      Thank you for all the contributions you make to the ABA and the ‘Bell Talk’ Forum!

      Carolyn

    • #17546
      halanb
      Participant


      The bell theme is a Fox Hunt, with a male and female rider in traditional attire.
      The clapper is a fox tail.

      Karen had posted some additional pictures on Photobucket, some of which are shown below.

    • #17547
      Carolyn Whitlock
      Participant

      Thanks, Alan! Now it makes sense. I presume the hole in the clapper is so the owner can attach a rope to help ring the bell.

    • #17542
      Marunos
      Member

      This bell is beautiful with all this details

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