Is this a Sally Bassett?
October 9, 2012 at 8:43 pm #12145beausoneParticipant
Is this a replica of a Sally Bassett bell? She is 1 3/4w x 2 3/4h inches. The sides are smooth where seams have been ground down. The clapper is a chunk of square brass that is attached to a bar with wire. She has a long pony tail in back and appears to be holding onto her scarf. The brass is not good quality as there seems to be rust in grooves. There are no makers marks that I can find. The inside of the bell looks as if it has been painted.
October 10, 2012 at 12:54 am #17166GarryParticipant
No, sorry this is not Sally Bassett, but it’s still a significant bell!
What you have is a legacy of the Korean war, and a tribute to the ingenuity and resiliency of the Korean Peasants!
This makes it much more interesting in my mind.
Notice that the bell is slightly reddish too! That’s oxidation from the extra iron in the original brass source.
What you have is a bell made from the spent brass shells of bullets used in the Korean war. The local peasants melted them down and made bells from these impure brass casings. There seem to be about 3 variations that I have seen. She is holding a long knife, or a basket, or a fan (or possibly kindling for a fire). The clapper is usually a relatively unformed chunk of material left over from the pour.
If you check out page 101 of Donna S Baker’ “more collectible bells” book you will see yours depicted there. In the same book, on page 114 you will see the two versions of Sally Bassett. She has short hair and a crooked cane in the front going all the way to the hem of the dress, which is a different style than yours of course!
You have a great find there!
October 10, 2012 at 5:20 pm #17167beausoneParticipant
Thank you, Garry. Yes, I do have Donna’s book and actually had the page marked for reference. Your information adds more to this bell’s significance. I’ve been trying to catalog my collection with pictures and use my books to identify them. I haven’t quite figured out the best approach for doing that because I have a hard time remembering in which book I marked a particular one. 😀 Ailene
October 11, 2012 at 12:51 am #17168GarryParticipant
You are most welcome Ailene!
It’s all of us working together that makes this a fun and interesting hobby!
Sometimes even a guess, even if wrong, will point someone in the right direction to get the answer as it breaks you free of some detail or other.
I have 2 of the three styles of this bell myself. I wish there were some way of bringing it back to the region it was made, but I don’t think those records exist.
But now you have the story behind them!
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