I picked up this bell at a garage sale this weekend. I paid 25.00 for it. As you can see someone wrote $238 on the inside of it. It is about 8″ tall and 6 1/2″ across at the bell bottom. It weighs 4 1/2 pounds. I don’t see any markings on it other than 1810 and the decoration all over it. It appears to be brass but I’m not sure. Any info is appreciated 🙂
Per an article in the March-April 2009 issue of the “Bell Tower”* volume 67, Number Two pages 9-15 by Max Kurillo and Erline M. Tuttle:.”
These are “Mexician” type souvenir bells that are still made in atleast two locations in Mexico and are big sellers to the tourist trade. These bells belong to a group of bells that we have ben researching for years. These strikingly beautiful bells first appeared in the USA early in the 1950s in Chicago. They range in size from 2 inches high to over 18 inches, from a few ounces to over 30 pounds, and the dates range from 1808 to 1820. Most are covered with designs, symbols, marks, ridges, and icons, mainly scattered patterns, while others have what seems to be organized symmetry. The crowns can be a variety of designs from a pad with simple holes, to an elaborte design, and to a four loop-type crown.
Also, if you type in “Mexican” bell or 1811 bell or even Max Kurillo in the search box in the upper right corner, you can find all sorts of discussion regarding these bells.
While these type bells are marketed on auction sites or in antique shops as being “antique”, the bells are not. You probably paid what the bell is worth.
*The “Bell Tower” is the official publication of the American Bell Association International, Inc.