October 16, 2012 at 8:04 pm #12149
[attachment=0:3ub23gh0]U0293-2.JPG[/attachment:3ub23gh0] Bell Tower Sep-Oct 2004 page 31 has this identified as “maid who killed her master in Bermuda.” From what I’ve researched so far that would be Sally Bassett, and this in no way resembles others of Sally that are identified in Donna’s books.
October 16, 2012 at 9:55 pm #17172
Additional info: the clappler is square, about 2.5 inches long, tapers to about 3/8 inches wide at striker end, and is wrapped around a wire that is imbedded in the bell. It has been stamped with an old fashioned key. There is a 65 stamped by wire.
October 18, 2012 at 4:19 pm #17173GarryParticipant
I agree with you.
But I would draw your attention to page 111 of Donna’s first book on collectable bells.
Look at the dress style.
While this image is of Sairey Gamp [in the book], I think you may be looking at another character from a Charles Dickens novel. The dress styles and general bell design is very similar.
The first thing I thought of, when I saw your photo, was “Olliver” or “A Christmas tale” in the style of the clothing. Even before reading your note I was already wondering which story she was out of. So when an association is that strong for me, that’s where I would look first. Then looking at the closeness of the styles… Definitely what I am suggesting is nowhere near an absolute identification, but it hopefully is a place to start looking.
I’ll keep looking to see if I can find it. Hopefully one of the others might be able to shed some light on it. Do you have a photo of the marks you found? That would be helpful.
October 24, 2012 at 2:53 pm #17174
Garry, Yes, the dress is quite similar to Sairey Gamp. The “65” stamp is visible to the naked eye, but it disappears under a magnifying glass; so it may just be a fluke. Here are pictures of the key, 65, and back of the bell. Thank you for your interest…Ailene[attachment=2:3ewm03dv]IMG_8535.JPG[/attachment:3ewm03dv][attachment=1:3ewm03dv]IMG_8541.JPG[/attachment:3ewm03dv][attachment=0:3ewm03dv]IMG_8544.JPG[/attachment:3ewm03dv]
October 24, 2012 at 5:17 pm #17175
While searching for another bell, I came across another description of this bell in the Nov-Dec 2002 issue of The Bell Tower on page 20 in an article by George Pecor. He identifies it as an American 19th century bell.
November 1, 2012 at 1:23 am #17171GarryParticipant
Beausone, your last posting seems to dovetail with my finding.
I came across an early Baldwin Brass mark that is very similar.
Baldwin Brass is currently out of Reading, PA, USA.
I would suggest contacting them to see if they could identify it from their records, they had nothing on line and are primarily into brass Door locks and knobs now. Perhaps an early venture of theirs?
January 14, 2013 at 10:46 pm #17170
Garry, I haven’t been on for a while–doing some sewing for Christmas, etc. Hopefully, things are back to normal now. I will contact Baldwin to ask about the key symbol.
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