November 28, 2009 at 3:12 am #11340
This is a very very heavy (for it’s size) 3 1/4″ by 2″ bell.
It’s very worn, so a bit difficult to see.
The nearest match I can find is a Korean Peasant Woman. It’s supposed to be a very heavy bell and she is likely to be carrying a kindling fan of wood for a fire. These bells are supposed to be made from melted down bullet casings (and I certainly can’t think of a better use for bullets than this! – my political plug! )
Like the Napoleon bell I posted, the clapper is attached by a brass bar going across the inside. It’s a very crude glob of brass for a clapper as well.
PS The reddish spots are due to the ‘red eye’ reducer of my new camera. Sorry not used to it yet, still learning how to work it.
Did I get it right?
December 19, 2009 at 9:30 pm #15518
I just checked my bell which is the same as yours,however, the clanger is double feet which are attached to each other. I am sure that if you do not have feet, someone has switched the feet . This type of clanger is very rare. I have many brass figural bells and this is very different. Peggy L.
December 20, 2009 at 11:31 pm #15519Holly BarnesParticipant
I have a bell like this as well. I think mine may be a remake as I see some inconsistancies. I do not have the “feet” clanger,mine is a brass ball.The facial features look the same.Her left arm that hangs downto her side appears to have something under it, I can not tell for sure, on the back there is a part of a sash or something that hangs down below the pigtail. Either mine isn’t quite as worn or it is different. Just thought I would add my two cents, even though it may not be worth it 😆 .
December 21, 2009 at 6:59 pm #15520
I had a closer look at the striker for this one.
If it is a replacement, it’s a very old one and well done.
The mass of metal looks like a clump of waste brass, I wonder if they simply ran out of legs and substituted for this one?
The only written reference I have found for this one is in Donna Baker’s “more collectible bells” 1999. Unfortunately she only shows the front and back view, not the clanger/striker. She suggests that it is thought to be Korean and made from bullet casings. She thinks they were made by peasants, so a blob striker makes sense. Would they take the time and trouble to make legs for it?
Perhaps yours is the replacement or unusual version while mine is more standard?
Just a thought.
December 23, 2009 at 2:54 pm #15516
after another look at your clanger, it looks a lot like mine on the bottom. Relook at the top of that, this is where you see the boots. If you do not look carefully you might think they are nothing, relook at it upside down. keep in touch. Peggy
December 23, 2009 at 4:34 pm #15517
Thanks for your feedback!
I am posting a few close ups of the clapper for you. Either I lack imagination or this is brass slag of some sort.
I see a chunk of brass vaguely oval on the bottom with a thin nose shape on the top. The front of the nose is ground smooth or cut the oval base is ground in areas around it as well.
Sorry, but I do not see the shape of a boot or boots.
What do you think?
December 29, 2009 at 3:27 pm #15515
Hi again, After the 1st I am going to reset my comuter. At that time I will send you a picture. Will keep in touch. Peggy
January 27, 2010 at 9:07 pm #15512
I promised to send pictures of the feet clanger . I do not know why anyone would replace
these to a plain clanger on purpouse as I would think that would reduce the value.
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January 27, 2010 at 9:13 pm #15513
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January 28, 2010 at 1:55 pm #15514
Hum, I wonder – does anyone else have this bell? What clapper do you have?
I look at mine and the attachment looks authentic to the piece. I look at Peggy’s and the attachment looks replaced.
I wonder if perhaps someone replaced her’s with a more expensive/fancier clapper – perhaps from a damaged bell?
Especially since this is supposed to be a bell made from recycled munitions by locals. Would they take the time to make a fancy clapper but not fancy up the outside more?
February 2, 2010 at 10:13 pm #15509BellSageParticipant
I have duplicates of many lady bells and while different clappers are often substituted by bell owners, often it’s a variation from the bell producer.
They change the clappers for a variety of reasons… they may sell more than they expected and need substitute clappers to keep the production run going, they may wish to reduce the weight slightly, they may have two production runs at different factories or different belt lines (I’ve seen dual production runs in ceramic bells, as well). The best way to know is to look at the age of the clapper and other bells of the same kind. With very old bells we may never know.
I think I have this bell. She’s tucked away somewhere, so I’ll have to search for her, but when she emerges, I’ll check the clapper and post a picture.
March 22, 2010 at 1:58 pm #15511
Just found one of these bells on ebay, up for bids with feet clangers. Found under brass bells. I hope this will clear things up Peggy.
March 29, 2010 at 1:51 pm #15510
Interesting. Just found another of these on the weekend at an antique store. It was much lighter in construction, but the clanger was very similar to mine but slightly more defined as ‘feet’. I notice that the “feet” in the other photo set posted here have a similar look to the bottom of mine as well. I wonder if perhaps, they simply were not as careful as they could be when casting that component. It would explain the rough shape of my bell and the range of quality I see in these bell clappers. It might also explain why the one I found was noticeably lighter in construction, quality control?
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