Ruffles and Bonnet Bell
December 23, 2008 at 2:54 am #11025GarryParticipant
Here is a unique bell (at least to me) in my collection.
It’s a COPPER bell, the first I have come across that has any age to it.
I’m not sure why she leans to the left, but we must forgive elderly ladies for their quirks!
I believe it to have some quality, the designs are strong, right down to ridges in the scarf part of the dress around her neck. Also the bell is pierced at the ‘left’ elbow where most of the less quality ones would be solid metal there.
The creases show a typical copper oxidation (black with white areas, surrounded by a blue/green tinge – the blue green of copper goes black over time!)
I can find no markings, BUT POSSIBLY a stylized 3 on the left rear hip area of the dress. Could just be my imagination too though.
She’s 2 3/4″ high with an oblong bell 2″ at the width.
Clapper has a loop molded on it and it is held to the eye bolt by a twisted wire.
Any Ideas as to Country of Origin? Who it is? Who made it? That kind of thing?
December 29, 2008 at 5:24 am #14309raytsedMember
Hi, Garry, The lady bell is a variation of Jenny Lind. It appears to be made of brass with a high copper content. Hope this helps you! – Deb
December 29, 2008 at 2:11 pm #14310hjlongMember
This is a brass or bronze bell representing the “Swedish Nightingale”, Jenny Lind. These were sold in heavy original cast bells during her tour of the US when sponsored by PT Barnum in the late 1800s. This version looks much newer based on the light weight clapper that is attached by wire to the bell. Some of these later replicas were cast in South Korea and China patterned after the older bells.
December 29, 2008 at 10:59 pm #14311DianeMember
Hi Garry, glad to see your post(s) on one of my favorite bell types – metal figurine bells. This pretty lady is considered to be Jenny Lind – (1820-1887)
The 19th century singer referred to as ‘The Swedish Nightingale’.
Jenny Lind seems to have been a favorite of figurine bell manufacturers from the late 1800’s to the mid 1900’s. Figurine bells named “Jenny Lind” are available in a wide variety of poses, sizes and quality from quite a few manufacutures. I have posted 3 examples here from my collection – there are many more poses. You have an example of yet another version / manufactuer.
I am rather skeptical of the fact that she is completely made of copper. Only because it is rare to see fully copper figurine bells. I suspect the brass mixture might have contained more copper than usual – thus the color tinting. However maybe one of our metal content specialists may have more of a scientific answer.
Just for fun, I have posted a copy of a real picture of Ms. Lind; she was popular for both her singing and her beauty.
Here’s a bit of her history:
Johanna Maria (Jenny) Lind was born on October 6, 1820, in Stockholm, Sweden. She was only 17 years old when she sang in her first opera in Stockholm.
She was said to be the finest soprano of her time and became an opera star of immense worldwide popularity. In 1850 P.T. Barnum paid her $1000 per concert to come to America. She made her American debut at the Castle Garden Theatre in New York City. She charmed listeners with her exceptional voice, simple personality, and generosity.
Her husband, Otto Goldschmidt, was a famous German pianist who trained with Mendelssohn; they married in Boston while both were on tour in the US.
After her marriage, she appeared on the stage only at intervals and usually at concerts given for charitable causes. Though out her life she remained a great philanthropist. Her later years were spent in London where she died in 1887.
Real Jenny Lind
4inch & 3 inch version, different mfg.
6inch version with full legs as clapper
“rocking” Jenny – due to the shape of the dress will rock side to side.
January 1, 2009 at 2:01 pm #14312GarryParticipant
What an excellent reply! Thank you.
You are probably correct, a few others have made the same observation about the bell’s metal. I thought copper because it’s weight, the color, and the fact that the bell shows obvious copper oxidation.
It is indeed a nice bell and I am enjoying displaying it. It is the 3″ version, and I will be looking for the other variations now that I know they exist!
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