I picked this up at an antique mart in Kankakee, IL for $2 with some fake flowers sticking out.. I didn’t think it was a bell at first and still not sure. It stands about 5.3 inches tall and the flute about 1.3 wide, I think it is made of sterling silver, but I can’t see any markings on it. The handle unscrews from the flute. I have some more pics if needed. If anyone could help with any insight I would greatly appreciate it – thanks!
What an interesting object! My first impression is that you might want to check with one of the silver collector groups like http://www.ascasonline.org they might recognize it.
I suspect that you have some sort of candle snuffer/finial rather than a bell. Something like a silver plated hollow candle tube, oil filled with a wick, that you would snuff and cover with this – pinning them together so that they don’t separate while not in use. Something like that.
Thanks so much Gary – I think your right. I checked out snuffers on ebay and found one with a kinda similar design though most have the long side handles but I will check with some silver groups. Thanks again –
Mystery solved! Got a response from ASSOCIATION OF SMALL COLLECTORS OF ANTIQUE SILVER it is neither a bell or nor a snuffer – it is a posey holder or tussie mussie. You can delete this topic in your forum discussion if you’d like since it turns out it’s not a bell – thanks for letting me reach out to your group members for help!
Great find and thank you for updating the results of your search!
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