Welcome to the ABA! Bell Talk Forums Small Bells Please help identify marked bell with "tribal" figure on top

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    • #11268
      gramsgarage
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      Hello!!
      I aquired this bee from a family friend. The bell is quite interesting!! It stands about 4″ tall and the base of the bell is 1 5/8″. It has a “tribal” figure on the top. Quite detailed, and the inside is marked: A with a circle around it followed by 71 EH #73. Any information you may have about it would be helpful!!! Thank you!!

      Chris

    • #14959
      hjlong3
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      This is an Emil Huddy bronze figural bell. The E.H. engraved inside the skirt of the bell is Emil Huddy’s trademark. The bell was cast in 1971 and was #73 in the production. Emil Huddy was an ABA member from California who died in the late 1970s. He produced a large number of high quality bronze figural bells during his productive years of the 1960s & 70s. Many had Native-American figures such as Sacajewea and Chief Joseph. One of his last bells produced was a reproduction of the Tsar Kolokol Bell for Henry McShane who sold them in the mid 1970s. Every Huddy bell is a work of art utilizing the “Lost Wax” process and is highly desirable to bell collectors. You have a beautiful bell. Treasure it and enjoy it.
      Harry Long, MD

    • #14960
      gramsgarage
      Participant

      Thank you soooo much for your knowledge on this and sharing with me!!!! The detail on this bell is quite amazing and beautiful!! If I were to sell it where would I look to do that at? What is a typical price range for these bells??

      Thank you!!
      Chris

    • #14958
      Carolyn Whitlock
      Participant

      Dear Chris,

      The ABA’s bi-monthly magazine, The Bell Tower, has a wonderful article in it written by Bill Martin entitled “Creations in Bronze: A Collection of Huddy Bells”. It is a 14 page article with 59 pictures in it! You can get a copy of the article for the cost of copying plus postage. If you click on “Main Site” at the top of this page and then click on “Bell Tower Directory” at the bottom of the left column, it will take you to the directions for how to order a copy. You will find the information about this article at the top of page 22.

      Your bell is pictured in Figure 17. It is listed under the “African Series” bells and is simply referred to as “Dancer.”

      Since I don’t have any Huddy bells, I can’t give you a clue as to the value of this bell. But, Huddy bells are considered to be higher-end collectibles. We often say that the value of a bell is whatever someone is willing to pay for it on any given day. I know that is of no particular help to you, however!

      Good luck!

    • #14961
      gramsgarage
      Participant

      Thank you Carolyn!!! How exciting I cannot wait to get a copy of the Bell Tower article and read it!!!

      Thanks again!!
      Chris

    • #14962
      hjlong3
      Participant

      I’ve seen Huddy bells sell for $200-$500. Again, the value of a bell is whatever value placed on it by the person who wants it.
      Harry Long, MD

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