May 14, 2007 at 5:09 pm #10583gramsellenMember
I have what I believe to be one of the Hemony bells I have read about in previous blogs here. Does anyone know where I can find out more about it? Any help at all will be greatly appreciated.
May 14, 2007 at 9:08 pm #13070Carolyn WhitlockParticipant
Do any of these bells resemble your bell?
Does your bell say “F Hemony Me Fecit anno 1569” or a similar date?
Can you post a picture of your bell?
It makes it a lot easier to identify a bell if we can see a picture of it.
May 15, 2007 at 8:03 pm #13071gramsellenMember
It looks exactly like the second from the right, but it reads:
May 15, 2007 at 9:00 pm #13072bobbamParticipant
I believe many of us, at ABA, do not consider the “Hemony” bells as being made by the Hemony brothers, but continue to name them Hemony Bells anyway.
L. Elsinore Springer, in her book The Collector’s Book of Bells
said: “Curators of European museums, particularly those in the Netherlands, agree that these (the Hemony) bells can in no way be attributed to that famous family of bellmakers.”
She further said: “As to dating bells in this series, it is pointless to persist in trying to distinguish a copy from an original when obviously there never were any originals.”
She made other comments to dispell any thought of any Hemony manufacture, but one should read her text (pages 94-99) for a complete story.
But, anyway, these bells are are well liked by collectors and enjoyed for their obvious age and style. Many of us have at least one.
July 11, 2007 at 6:32 pm #13073RogerParticipant
Thanks for sharing information about he Hemony bells.
I got a bell with the text: “FHEMONY ME FECIT ANNO 1563” (see picture).
Such a bell you can also see on the picture that was Posted by Carolyn on Mon May 14, 2007 10:08 pm (3rd from the left)
As the Hemony brothers lived in the 17th century (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pieter_and_Fran%C3%A7ois_Hemony) it seems that my bell is more or less fake.
My curiosity: does anybody know where these Hemony bells were made, by whom and when?
July 15, 2007 at 5:51 pm #13074Denise KushnerParticipant
There are a lot of this Hemony bell, the one with the mans head and the sharply pointed hat, appearing lately. It was copied at some time in the not too distant past. The one in the picture appears to be one of the older ones, but the more modern ones are on Ebay very often.
The Hemony bells weren’t cast by Hemony who was a famous dutch bell caster, but only of large bells. These were from some company or group of companies trying to make a profit from his name. The dates vary on them and no one seems to have the slightest idea when they were cast or by who.
July 15, 2009 at 10:24 am #13075hvklaverenParticipant
I also have a bell stating “F. Hemony” Me fecit anno 1569. The only known F.(Fredericus) Hemony was born in 1609. My bell looks quite old and has been in the family for some generation where it was used to call the servants. It seems a mass production quite ruffly made.
Did you find out any more about this type?
I wanted to attach some pictures from the bell but I can’t find out how.
July 15, 2009 at 2:17 pm #13076AnonymousInactive
Please read the article at viewtopic.php?f=19&t=1209. It gives our best information on Hemony bells.
You will find directions for posting pictures on the “Bell Talk” Forum at viewtopic.php?f=1&t=601. However, if you prefer, you may send your pictures to me at email@example.com and I will post them for you.
July 16, 2009 at 2:56 am #13078AnonymousInactive
Pictures of some of the so-called Hemony Bells:
Hemony Russian Bear
Hemony Fist Handle
Hemony Child Crusader
Hemony Old Hags (3 versions)
Hemony Child Crusaders (2 Versions. Note the difference in the placement of the skirt beneath the figure.
August 5, 2009 at 10:16 pm #13079
The bells I have. One, I think, is very old.
January 8, 2010 at 10:51 pm #13085KuijpersMember
I am in the possession of a Hemony Fist Handle bell exactly as shown on your picture ( the first bell at the right side.) Who could tell me more about this handsome bell and what would be its value ?? Would appreciate your news. Thanks in advance. Frits
January 9, 2010 at 7:16 pm #13086hjlong3Participant
It would be helpful to see a picture of the exerior and interior of the bell. These appear to have been made nearly continuously from the 1700s until the present. The oldest ones are heavy bronze and cast in the “lost wax process”; older reproductions were made from 2-part sand cast molds made with older bells as patterns and have mold marks on either side. Newer ones have been cast in Korea, are lightweight, have shallow bas relief, and the Latin is uninterpretable. The older clappers are cast bronze and are attached to the bell at a welded loop in the crown. Newer bells have a steel wire with a bronze ball at its tip or a separate steel clapper held by a bent steel wire. Older bells with good detail sell for $75-$200 and newer bells sell for $25-$50.
Harry Long, MD
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January 8, 2011 at 3:20 pm #13087CURIOUS JIMMember
I HAVE THE WARRIOR 1669 BELL,CAN SOMEONE GIVE ME A VALUE PLEASE..
January 11, 2011 at 8:55 pm #13077hjlong3Participant
One would have to see the bell to give a reasonable price. A poor quality modern reproduction could be worth as little as $25, but a heavy, older bell could be worth as much as $150.
Harry Long, MD
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