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    • #11104
      brassbell416
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      Some lady bells that I have seen for years have the same normal nugget clappers of some type, but lately I have seen them with legs or boots for clappers. Since they have different clappers were they made at different foundries. Are the bells with the legs older bells? What foundaries made ladies with legs. Most of these bells have no markings. Is there a way of finding out where and when they were made? Some examples that have different clappers are Martha Washington and the below pictured bell. I don’t know what she is called. However there are some like the common 3″ queen bell with the feet joined that always has the feet clappers. Are there any answers. By the way all the clappers look original.
      Thanks

    • #14567
      Garry
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      I would think that one would have to look at the bell itself and the quality of the molding of the clapper legs to make sure you don’t have a modern copy…

      But if you look at chapter 6 of Donna Baker’s “Collectible Bells” 1998 she states:

      “Such leg-shaped clappers are generally indicative of figurines that are genuinely old” PG 179.

      So it sounds like you have a genuine old bell!!!

      Garry

    • #14568
      Garry
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      PS:
      I would add the note that I think, from the style, you are looking at a Japanese character bell. I believe I have seen one before, and if I can get my old brain cells to fire and remember where I’ll drop you a note.

      Garry

    • #14569
      Carolyn Whitlock
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      Deb,

      I have a reproduction of this figurine bell but it has a very different face, similar but different head piece, and less detail on the pockets. This was in my mother’s collection and I would say she probably bought it in the late 1980s or early 1990s. Her notes say:

      Brass figurine reproduction. Made in Taiwan. Heavy. Quite good deatil. $6.50.

      My mother’s bell is 4.25″ high and the diameter of the skirt is 2″ wide and is slightly oval. It is shiny on the inside and the clapper is modern. It has a regular ball-shaped clapper. It is not marked “Taiwan” but it is possible that she picked it up on a trip to the orient in the ’80s. I, too, wish I knew more about this bell!

      I did look to see if this bell was among those in Rita Walker’s talk on figurine bells given at the fall NECABA meeting but it was not.

    • #14570
      brassbell416
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      Thank you all for your information. Its very interesting.

    • #14571
      Denise Kushner
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      Hi, I believe that the costume is an native costume from one of the European countries. A lot of the lady bells were made in the orient for sale in Europe. I am not an expert on the native costumes and don’t remember which country it is a costume of, but I would pick up a book from the library on European native costumes and see if I could find it. Also an oriental costume wouldn’t have a pointed hat and an early European dress. Hope that helps.

    • #14572
      brassbell416
      Participant

      Thanks Denise Great idea.

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