My Bell object for the month of JANUARY 2012
December 31, 2011 at 4:01 pm #11948
What do you think of my new door bell? Isn`t it a charming object?
It shows a typical house in an old German village with many details.
All handmade – in wood – great workmanship!
The bell is attached under the basement and has a lovely sound.
Happy NEW YEAR 2012 to all of YOU with many good bell findings.
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December 31, 2011 at 7:22 pm #16735Carolyn WhitlockParticipant
How unique! Thanks for sharing this, Manfred!
Happy New Year to you, too! Please keep posting on this forum!
February 16, 2012 at 11:40 pm #16736LynnMcSParticipant
Manfred – Thanks for sharing this bell, as well as your wonderful website!
I hope you can forgive a question from a “newbie”: under your “Bells from Different Corners of the World” page, picture 5, you show a silver bell with a lady holding a veil to her face, only one eye showing. Can you please let me know what the country of origin is, and how old it is? I ask because my nephew gave me an almost-identical bell for Christmas. (This is only my second bell; I usually collect miniatures.) We wondered whether it was Indian, Turkish, Russian…? Is the pose one of modesty, or flirtatious coyness, or does it have mystical significance? (a “third eye”, as it were.)
Anything you can tell me about your bell would be appreciated. Thank you for your time! Hoping you can help.
Lynn McS. (from Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.)
February 17, 2012 at 12:45 pm #16737
if this is the bell you are referring to I can give you the following information:
It is a Peruvian silver bell. It came to me in 1994 on a trip to Peru. In Lima they sold this type of bell in different sizes in tourist souvenir shops. Mine is about 10 cms. high and rather heavy and at that time I paid almost US $ 300 for it. The bell shows a typical Peruvian lady living in a country village looking a little shy at the outside world and possibly at us “strangers” from a faraway world. Peruvians call this bell “La Tapada” or “The Veiled One”. Silver bells in a similar style are popular in Peru since silver always has been a raw material in abundance in that part of the world.
You have a nice bell and I hope with this information you will keep enjoying it more than ever.
Finally I would like to thank you for your nice comments on my collection and website.
Greetings from Germany
February 20, 2012 at 11:58 pm #16738LynnMcSParticipant
Guten Abend, or perhaps, Guten Tag! Thank you so much for the additional background information on the bell in question, and for your very kind speed of reply. I am afraid I am tardy in my own thanks – I have been away. I will forward your remarks to the favorite nephew who gave me the bell, with the proviso that if he ever needs cash (that is, should my own bell prove to be of similar valuation), I will retroactively “ransom” it, as he is a poor college student who acquired it quite inexpensively from a thrift store, as it was initially thickly encrusted with dirt and a very black patina, which he then lovingly cleaned and polished. Have to call it sheer “beginner’s luck” for both of us!
A friend has offered to take a picture of my own bell, which is the same size as yours (3.75 inches). When it is scanned, I will post it to this discussion board to amplify this website’s trove of pictures, in case others seek similar answers to the original question and answer posted. Until then, perhaps this additional information would be of use to someone: There are some markings inside that may (or may not) read: ESTERLUND or ESTERLINE, then under it possibly PERI or PARI or DEHL, then numbers that might be 825 or 345, and some very tiny marks beneath that that seem to have a couple of MM’s in them. They are difficult to read clearly, as, at a guess, the strike of the impression was done at a slant.
Again, thank you very much for your time and expertise, and for generously sharing both. You clearly take joy in teaching, to everyone’s benefit, most especially, mine. Danke schön.
Lynn (from Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.)
February 21, 2012 at 3:37 pm #16739
thanks also for your interesting background information. I would like to add one final comment based on what you are writing. “Esterlina” is the Spanish word for “Sterling Silver” and 925 is the indication about the silver quality. The other letters in your bell could refer to the Peruvian artist.
Happy bell findings also in future.
PS: By the way …. your German is perfect!!
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