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    • #10715
      Gretchen
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      Please Help!! I have this wonderful small what I believe is called a figural bell that looks like a black haired maid- it’s about 2″ high and 2″ wide. she’s dressed in white with gold trim. This was my mothers. Any one have any ideas? Thanks so much.

    • #13373
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Dear Gretchen,

      Welcome to the “Bell Talk” Forum. As you can imagine, there are many kinds of figural bells. It would be very helpful to us if you could post a picture of your bell. If you do not have a digital picture to post or need help in posting, you can contact me at coordinator@americanbell.org and I will help you next week. Also, if there are any makers marks or other writing on the bell anywhere, it would be helpful to see them, too. I presume your bell is porcelain or ceramic.

      I’ll bet we have several people out there who can help identify your bell!

      Good luck!

      Carolyn

    • #13374
      Gretchen
      Participant

      Thanks Carolyn. I’ll get a pic tomorrow and if I can figure out how to send one, I sure will. I don’t beleive the bell is ceramic but rather a metal.

    • #13375
      Gretchen
      Participant

      Carolyn, I had a pic of the bell as you advised. Now, please tell me how I can send it…..

    • #13376
      Gretchen
      Participant

      Hi all – Here is (I hope) a pic of the small ‘maid’ bell I need your help with. Any advise or suggestions are very much appreciated.

    • #13377
      bobbam
      Participant

      Looks like it’s wood to me.

    • #13378
      Gretchen
      Participant

      Thanks for the thought but it is definetly metal

    • #13379
      Nice1todealwith
      Participant

      I’d have to agree that the top half is probably wooden. My guess is that is from the Art Deco period, probably 1920’s or 30’s. Same period as all the popular green painted kitchen ware with painted wood handles. This was probably a kitchen call bell or matched a kitchen set. Alan Anthony

    • #13380
      Gretchen
      Participant

      Alan, thanks for the idea. I had always thought it was entirely metal but you are right….the top is wood.

    • #13381
      Carolyn Whitlock
      Participant

      Gretchen,

      You may be interested in seeing this bell of mine. It is probably made by the same maker as yours.

    • #13382
      Gretchen
      Participant

      Carolyn…..thanks so much…that is just awesome….I’m sure these two are ‘sisters’!!! Do you have any ideas on thier background? Been trying to get info on this for years – you sure have made my day…..Gretchen

    • #13383
      Carolyn Whitlock
      Participant

      Dear Gretchen,

      I have no idea who made this bell or when or where it was made. I would guess that it was made in the first half of the 20th century, perhaps the ’30s or ’40s and I suspect it is American made but I really don’t know. I’ll bet there is someone out there who does know and I hope that person will post his or her opinion!

      When one has more than 1,500 bells, it is a given that we will never know the story on each of them! Now knowing does not spoil my enjoyment of all my bells, however!

      Are you a bell collector or is this your only one?

    • #13384
      Gretchen
      Participant

      Carolyn…this is my one and only, at least for now. This belonged to my mother – unfortunately, she never told me the story of how she got it.

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