please identify this "odd" silver bell???
January 20, 2008 at 3:49 pm #10759
I’ve searched and searched but can’t find this exact bell online. there are no markings, it has a great ring to it, what else can I say, please help. Thanks.
January 22, 2008 at 4:09 am #13445Holly BarnesParticipant
Hi, I am no expert 😆 so I could be way off, but this bell looks somewhat like the “jungfrauenbecher” or wedding cup bells. The more common ones look like a european lady (of the mid – late 1800’s) holding a swivel cup over her head. The book I have (“Collectors Book of Bells” By Elsinore Springer) says that there were numerous variations made especally in Germany. The tradition that is associated with these types of bells were drinking traditions. The bell mentioned above was drank out of by both bride and groom at the same time. Another variation has a windmill on the handle, The Groom would have to empty the cup before the arms on the windmill stopped spinning.
It is a lovely bell. Where did you get it ?
Hope this was of a little help. At least you may have learned something?
Good luck getting some more feed back. Holly B.
January 22, 2008 at 2:43 pm #13446
I have the same bell. I bought it on e-bay a few years a go. Mine has a sticker on the inside that says, “Tarnish resistant. Clean with soft, damp cloth. No silver polish. Japan.”
It has a clapper so it is not a wedding cup. I have seen pictures of this bell in my old “Bell Towers” (the official publication of the American Bell Association International, Inc.) but I didn’t take the time to read up on it when I saw it so I really don’t know what it is.
Since yours and mine are identical, I would presume they are both Japanese reproductions.
Unfortunately, I don’t have access to my “bell library” at the moment so I can’t do any research but, hopefully, someone else will tell us about this lovely lady and what she is holding!
January 22, 2008 at 2:57 pm #13447
I believe you are right about it being a reproduction. Would it have any collectible value for selling?
January 22, 2008 at 3:13 pm #13448
It is often said that the value of a bell is whatever someone will pay for it on any given day! You could list it on e-bay and see what it will bring. I don’t remember what I paid for mine but I feel quite certain that it wasn’t more than $10.
January 22, 2008 at 11:35 pm #13449hjlongMember
This bell is a bit unusual in that it has 2 wedding rings held over the woman’s head instead of the usual smaller bride’s cup on a swivel. This is a new bell and not an antique. It is a wedding cup bell, but this one is intended to have both the bride and groom drink from the common cup.
Harry Long, MD
January 23, 2008 at 12:08 am #13450
the bell does have a clapper, so would you drink from it?
January 23, 2008 at 12:24 am #13451
I have tremendous respect for Harry Long’s knowledge of bells. He very well could be right about this being a wedding cup. It wouldn’t surprise me to find out that the earlier ones did not have clappers.
February 3, 2008 at 7:08 pm #13452Rita WalkerMember
Greetings……I am quite familiar with your lovely lady figurine bell. When I was in the bell business I sold quite a few of these identical bells. Yours is mean’t to be a bell, and not a wedding cup. THE wedding cup has two drinking vessels, one that swivels, and one that is stationary. Yours has only one skirt, and I presume if it is like the ones I’m familiar with, it is fitted with a clapper. In my opinion it should not be classified as a reproduction. My reason for saying that is that as far as I’ve been able to research, this is a unique design in itself, and not a copy of any other, therefore it should not be called a repro. Yes, it was made in Japan. Hope I’ve been helpful to you.
February 3, 2008 at 10:35 pm #13453Nice1todealwithParticipant
What a great forum and source of information. I too have great respect for Harry as well as Rita, both of whom I have known for many years. Carolyn and Holly have added some valuable information as well. If anyone looks in their copy of “World of Bells No. 3” they can find the identical bell. Mother had this bell and states that it is a modern treatment of the old wedding cup bell. The two rings at the top are supposed to signify traditional wedding rings. Now, I am suddenly in the mood to go see if I still have this bell in my own collection. Alan
February 12, 2008 at 9:02 pm #13454
seems kind of odd but I have two of these bells, they are identical.
I am not a bell collector and will sell them, just can’t tell if they are antiques or reproductions.
February 13, 2008 at 3:45 am #13455Rita WalkerMember
As I believe I said in my previous posting, your LADY FIGURINE BELL is really not a reproduction, because it has its own unique design. In other words it is not a copy of another one, therefore it is not considered a “repro”. A reproduction would have to be one that copied an original. However please be assured that it would not be considered an antique either. I would estimate it to be about 20 to 25 years old at the most. Does this help you somewhat? Hope so.
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