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      halanb
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      The topic arose on the Russian bell website http://www.showbell.ru/blog about Pixies and Leprechauns on bells. I sent pictures of two of the Pixie bells that I have, plus the Lincoln Imp from the cathedral in Lincoln, England.

      The pixie on the left is specifically identified as the Dartmoor Pixie. Dartmoor is in the Devon area of southwest England. He is often seen holding what appears to be a sheaf of wheat to his right ear. A similar figure may be found on many brass objects, including bells, letter openers, toasting forks, shoehorns, door knockers, etc.

      All three bells were made by the Pearson-Page company of Birmingham, England. This company made thousands of decorative brass objects, and their 1920 catalog was several hundred pages. They were nearly bankrupt during the Great Depression and were absorbed by John Jewsbury company in 1933. The reorganized company was known as Pearson Page Jewsbury and many, but not all, items were marked Peerage. The number of items produced was greatly reduced and the quality diminished. The Dartmoor Pixie and Lincoln Imp bells are of good quality and date from the first period. The pixies on the mushroom bell are of lower quality and probably date from the second period.

      I would be interested to see other bells with similar themes that readers might have.

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      halanb
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      And now, a Gnome. Sidestrike tap bell, 19 cm, 7.5″, c.1870, carved wooden figure probably from the Tyrol region of Austria. Note the right hand is broken at the wrist, not uncommon for something of this age.

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