Welcome to the ABA! Bell Talk Forums Small Bells Please help ID Bronze lady bell with leg clappers

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      stephaniep
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      This was my grandmother’s and I would appreciate any info anyone might have! She’s about 4 inches tall. No markings or hallmarks that I can see









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      halanb
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      This bell was probably made by Pearson-Page Co (Birmingham, England). It is shown in their 1925 catalog where it is called the “Goddess of Flowers”. Pearson-Page bells were sand-cast in brass with a two-part sand mold. Some were left unfinished, some were highly polished and lacquered, and many had a chemical patina applied as with the current example. P-P bells are not marked with the foundry name.

      Sand casting leaves a parting line with extra metal where the two halves of the mold are joined together along the sides and top of the figure. This excess material must be removed by grinding or filing, and results in a loss of detail in this area. Evidence of this may be seen in the cropped versions of photos #2 and #3 below. Note also how the lines in the top of the dress are not continuous from front to back.

      Someone tried to polish the bell at one time, but failed to remove all the polishing compound. That is the greenish material remaining in the crevices. That can sometimes be removed by scrubbing with a brush using warm water and detergent. It may help to add a little ammonia, but do not leave it in contact with ammonia for an extended period of time, and always wash and rinse thoroughly when finished.

      It is an attractive bell with the reddish-brown patina, the leg clappers are an added feature, and I would value it in the $40 – $50 range. However, it is fairly common, multiple examples might be offered on eBay for sale at the same time, and prices can vary widely.

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    • #17695
      stephaniep
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      Thank you so much!

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