I have a lady bell and hoped to get some insight into the maker, the subject of the bell and its age. Any additional help would be much appreciated!
The bell is 4 5/8″ tall and the skirt is 2 5/8″ in diameter. It weighs a little more than 1lb, and think it’s made of sand-cast brass – there is no writing or engraving present. The bell looks like some Pearson Page pieces I’ve seen, but I haven’t found this particular one online.
Thanks for the help!
I think this bell depicts Mary, Queen of Scots. It resembles known portraits, most of which show Mary with this type of hood. Elizabeth 1 is almost never shown with this headdress. Some bells include further attribution to Mary, such as a rosary or Scottish thistle, but this one dows not.
This bell seems as if it could have been made by Pearson Page, but it does not appear in their 1925 catalog, the period during which these larger and better quality bells were made. It is extremely hard to locate, and I think usually of better quality, compared to the two larger versions of Mary, Queen of Scots that PP did make. Those are both the same size, 6.5″, but the first had a pointed chin and the second a rounded chin. Note the thistle on the skirt.
Thank you for your reply, halanb. If you don’t think this is a Pearson Page bell, so you have any ideas who might have made it?
Thank you –
It still could have been made by Pearson Page, but for some reason did not appear in the catalog. Most sand cast brass bells were made in England, Belgium, or Holland. Pearson Page bells were never marked until after WW2 when the successor company, then known as Peerage, inscribed that name on the bottom of the clappers.