June 17, 2006 at 1:48 pm #10485
Recently, I bought some Marty bells from one auction. Although I do not know much about Marty bells, bell looks quite magnificient.
Could anyone advice about Marty bells. Thank you.
June 24, 2006 at 1:40 pm #12817
I actually have quite a bit of information on the Marty Sculpture Bells (presuming you mean the chalkware bell ladies with the flocked dresses). I’m at the Bell Convention in Baltimore now and don’t have that information readily available. Email me a reminder and I’ll get the information posted after convention.
July 11, 2006 at 5:53 pm #12818
I’m back from the Baltimore Convention. It was great fun. Back to your Marty Sculpture.
Martha Carey founded Marty Sculpture, Inc in 1977 while living in Essex Junction, Vermont. She was a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. She moved to Vermont in 1968. Unable to find a position as a fashion illustrator in Vermont, she attended a night class in pottery at a local high school. While making pots was unappealing, she did find a satisfaction to sculpting small figurines.
In the late 70’s she developed a line called the Ladies of Vermont which she ‘dressed’ in period clothing and a couple of years later developed the ‘Children of Vermont’ or ‘Little Missy Bells’. They are all made of thick chalkware and have flocked dresses. There are six ladies and six girls.
They orginally sold in a ?Downs catalog; the ladies for $19.95 and the girls for $15.95.
Hope this is the information you were looking for
July 15, 2006 at 2:46 am #12819
Thank you so much for your kind and detailed informations. I bought 12 bells, that means entire collection of Marty bells, per your information. It is my great previledge and honor to be a ABA member along with outstanding memebrs. We have some bell collectors Here in Korea but do not have bell collecotr’s society, Hopefully, I could attend ABA meeting in the near future. Best wishes for all of you, Jaetae Lee
July 22, 2007 at 4:57 pm #12820
Is there any chance you can post a picture of these Marty bells? I am not aware that I’ve ever seen any of them. It would really help us to know them when we see them.
July 24, 2007 at 11:42 am #12821
Here’s the pictures
July 24, 2007 at 12:32 pm #12822
Thanks for posting the pictures, Laura! I’ve never seen any bells like those. They are quite different and attractive, aren’t they? Bell education is a good thing, isn’t it?
August 4, 2007 at 12:57 am #12823
I just found pictures of these Marty Bells on page 116 of Collectible Bells by Donna Baker. They are not specifically called Marty Bells in Baker’s book. She shows “Vermont Winter Belle”, the same bell as you call “Brown Lady” and “Little Missy”, the same bell as you call “Green Lady.”
Baker says, “Flocking provides an interesting texture for these two figurine bells. The Vermont Winter Belle is of hand cast and hand painted ceramic and wears a flocked coat. Her outfit is fashioned after nineteenth century New England dress. 7.5” high. $35-50. “Little Missy” wears a green flocked cosdtume with hip puffs tied at waist. She is also of hand cast, hand painted ceramic. 6.25″ high. $20-25.”
August 4, 2007 at 1:31 am #12824
The bells are actually chalkware, not ceramic
August 4, 2007 at 4:25 pm #12825
Lois (my wife) won a Marty Bell at the raffle at the 2005 convention in Florida. It is our second, they are very unusual and very beautiful, I don’t know who donated the bell but I thank them.
December 9, 2008 at 12:48 pm #12826
They’re really amazing bells, quite substantial (two or three times the size of many lady bells) and very detailed, lots of character. The flocking adds a whole other dimension to the texture of the clothing.
The inside is “glazed” (I think it’s actually painted) in a buffy beige color, sometimes plain, sometimes speckled, and the good-sized clapper appears to be majolica (reddish clay, probably earthenware).
Good for you for finding a whole set. It’s not easy to assemble all of them since they’ve been out of production for three decades.
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