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    • #11320
      halanb
      Participant

      (at least in the rarefied atmosphere of Upper East Side New York City)

      EDWARDIAN SILVER MECHANICAL PIG-FORM BELL, MAKER’S MARK WH, LONDON, 1902

      Check your guess below:
      http://www.sothebys.com/app/live/lot/LotDetail.jsp?sale_number=N08724&live_lot_id=50

    • #15103
      Nice1todealwith
      Participant

      Wow, what a sophisticated version of the wind up pig. I’ve never seen this in silver or in a small size. Only the large rather clunky rusty or bronze looking version. Alan A.

    • #15104
      halanb
      Participant

      Three more top quality bells, two now listed on French and one on British eBay.
      Take a guess on asking price, then check the links.

      (Note: I have no financial interest in the sale of these bells,
      but thought others might like to be aware of them.)
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      MAGIE ESCAMOTEUR BRONZE SONNETTE NECESSAIRE BUREAU
      Combination desk bell and inkwell. I have never seen another like it. My rough translation:

      The Trickster
      Desktop bell
      rare object on the theme of magic
      bronze with double patina
      (brown and gilt)
      Beautiful object is a wizard (conjurer, illusionist), on the table are placed three cups a die and an egg cup
      the center cup is surmounted by a figure (John Vine), if the figure is pressed the doorbell rings
      the wizard’s hat lifts in order to hold ink … he holds in his hand a magic wand
      the bass drum and the trunk near the feet of the magician act as boxes for pen points or other objects
      chasing high quality
      base decorated with stones, adorned with gilded bronze feet
      the trumpet serves as a seal stamp, positioned at a specific spot on the base
      functional (the bell rings)
      very good condition
      circa 1870
      190 x 150 x 235 mm (7.6 x 6.0 x 9.4 in)

      30 day Buy-It-Now listing has expired, no takers:
      http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=260739204196&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT

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      SONNETTE DE COMPTOIR Fleur en Bronze Hotel Bell Cloche
      Another desk or hotel bell. (For those of us on a more modest budget.)

      Exceptional “COUNTER BELL” Bronze on marble base, Napoleon III (c. 1870). The bell is equipped with a dual mechanism up and down, operated by turning the small button-shaped flowers above, double ring … Perfect condition for use and operation. Height 14.5 cm (5.8 in).

      Listing has expired with no offers at the opening bid level.
      http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=230586329033&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT

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      EARLY DUTCH Silver GEORGIAN LADY BELL Zutphen 1757 RARE

      Figurine lady bell made of .875 silver (85 mm, 3.4 in), with maker’s marks as is standard with high silver content bells. The seller dates this bell as of 18C Dutch manufacture. Notice the protrusion in the rear of the skirt in the second photo. This bell is sometimes found with the torso reversed and the protrusion to the front. I have no idea if one might be considered the “correct” representation. Both robfromcanada and I have an example of each, though they bear 19C German maker’s marks. It would seem that these bells were made by different silversmiths, but all are constructed by the lost wax method to the highest standards.

      You got to know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em, …
      I would not have been surprised to see this bell sell in the $300-400 range.
      The actual sale price may surprise you – the result of two determined, but inexperienced, bidders going head to head. My guess is that they are silver, not bell, collectors. Since the listing has expired, I can see no possible objection to posting the results as a matter of historical record:
      http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=310296639906&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT

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    • #15099
      halanb
      Participant

      INDONESIAN BRONZE TEMPLE BELL – 18TH CENTURY

      With stylised top supports and a ring top 29 in. (74 cm.) high
      Displayed in a modern metal stand — 45 in. (115 cm.) high

      Pre-sale Estimate £1,000 – £1,500 ($1,611 – $2,417)

      Sold at Christie’s, South Kensington (London) 1 March 2011

      http://www.christies.com/LotFinder/lot_details.aspx?from=salesummary&intObjectID=5410588&sid=497a59b0-2db9-4711-9ac8-c6fc36719486
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    • #15105
      halanb
      Participant

      SIGNED ART NOUVEAU ORNATE LADY BELL

      Small figurine lady bell (bronze, 2.4 in, 6 cm), Vienna, early 20C, signed in the bronze by the artist P (Peter) Tereszczuk, with the Artur Rubenstein foundry mark. A very desirable and highly sought bell, rarely seen.
      Also found with a dark patina, sometimes inscribed Tereszczuk without the foundry mark.

      Listing has ended, sold at a reasonable price in my estimation.
      http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=150568548441&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT

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    • #15106
      halanb
      Participant

      SONNETTE DE TABLE EN ARGENT – MOULIN A VENT
      Belle clochette ancienne, sonnette de table ? d’une hauteur de 13,5 cm, diamètre à la base 5,2 cm
      Objet original composé d’une cloche (sans heurtoir) surmontée d’un chérubin nu portant un moulin à vent sur sa tête, réalisé entièrement en argent massif : poids 99 grammes (testé chez un bijoutier) + poinçons sous le moulin à identifier.

      SILVER TABLE BELL – WINDMILL
      Beautiful old bell, table bell?, height of 13.5 cm (5.4 in), diameter at the base of 5.2 cm (2.1 in).
      Original object composed of a bell (clapper missing) surmounted by a naked cherub with a windmill on his head, made entirely of silver, weight 99 grams (tested at a jeweler), and maker’s marks under the windmill for identification.

      Compare this with a similar, but slightly different version. This bell is the same size but also has a flag on the roof of the windmill, a woman leaning out a window, and a man standing at the top of the stairs. At one time it may also have had the figure mounting the stairs and carrying a sack of grain to be ground but, if so, it is now missing. The base (bell) has more elaborate decoration. Notice that the cherub is facing the windmill blades in this case, not the stairs.

      The listing has ended. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=400199857152&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT
      A bell similar to the second one sold for $210 at the 2010 ABA Convention auction.

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    • #15107
      halanb
      Participant

      BRASS LADY BELL, HOLDING A PARASOL

      Seller’s description: “Here we have a very attractive metal table bell with a Lady in Victorian (?) period dress holding a parasol. It is in very good condition with only minor wear from use and is approx 8 in (20 cm) tall.

      My comment: Possibly a marriage but, if so, well executed.

      Many lady bells are of the “genre” type, in that they represent a style, but cannot be identified as to a specific person or source which they are intended to portray. Such is not the case with the bell pictured below. The third photo shows a statue in the Barcelona Zoo, entitled La Dama del Paraigua, created for the Universal Exhibition of 1888 by Joan Roig Soler.

      The listing on UK eBay has closed: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=140519370647&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT
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    • #15108
      halanb
      Participant

      Information about this bell comes from Larissa, who is associated with both the ABA
      and the Russian bell website http://www.showbell.ru/blog/

      This is similar to the theme discussed in robfromcanada‘s article The Value of Provenance
      in the Jan-Feb 2011 Bell Tower.

      The Wiener Werkstätte (Vienna Workshop), among the great design collectives
      of the 20th Century, was founded by architect Josef Hoffmann and painter
      Koloman Moser and operated from 1903-1932. At the Wiener Werkstätte,
      artists and craftsmen worked side-by-side on a wide range of handcrafted works
      characterized by meticulous attention to form and detail. In a 1905 manifesto,
      Josef Hoffmann declared: “Our strength must lie in good proportions and
      materials well handled.” Exceptional quality and a high level of craftsmanship
      were hallmarks of the Wiener Werkstätte and an antidote to the superficial
      excesses of the late 19th Century.

      VIENNA AND THE WIENER WERKSTÄTTE
      DESIGN AUCTION TO INCLUDE IMPORTANT WORKS BY OTTO
      WAGNER, FATHER OF AUSTRIAN MODERNISM, JOSEF HOFFMANN
      AND KOLOMAN MOSER, FOUNDERS OF THE WIENER WERKSTÄTTE
      AUCTION: 3 MARCH 6 PM
      VIEWING: 22 FEBRUARY – 3 MARCH 10 am – 6 pm
      LOCATION: Phillips de Pury & Company, 450 Park Avenue, New York 10022

      Item 28 – JOSEF HOFFMANN 1870-1956
      Very rare and important unique dinner bell, model no. S 2990, ca. 1913.
      Silver, ivory. Executed by the Wiener Werkstatte, Austria. Outside edge
      impressed with 900,WIENER/WERK/STATTE,MADE/IN/AUSTRIA
      and JH. Clapper impressed with partially obscured 900 and WW.
      9 3/4 in. (24.8 cm.) high, 3 1/2 in. (8.9 cm.) diameter

      The present lot, the only known dinner bell in this specific configuration,
      represents the Werkstätte’s fundamental aim of exquisitely
      crafted, unique fabrication out of the costliest materials, as Christian Witt-
      Derring has written. A visual pun, the gadrooned and flaring body recalls the
      corolla of a bellflower, a favorite motif of the Werkstätte. Despite the bell’s
      abstracted form, its debt to nature rings clear.

      Estimate $ 70,000–90,000

      PROVENANCE Tony Subal Gallery, Vienna; Private European Collection
      EXHIBITED Austrian pavilion, Deutscher Werkbund exhibition, Cologne, 1914
      LITERATURE Die Kunst, vol. 17, Munich, 1914, p. 482; Astrid Gmeiner and
      Gottfried Pirhofer, Der …sterreichische Werkbund, Salzburg and Vienna, 1985, n.p.;
      Joann Skrypzak, et al., Design: Vienna 1890s to 1930s, exh. cat., Chazen Museum of
      Art, Madison, Wisconsin, 2003, p. 68 for a similar example.
      Josef Hoffmann’s preparatory drawing for the present lot is included.

      It is difficult to find information about this auction, so I will tell you that it was
      either withdrawn from the sale or it did not reach the opening bid.
      In either case, it was not sold.

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    • #15109
      halanb
      Participant

      Two Art Nouveau period bell pushes were recently sold on French eBay. These are not themselves bells, but push switches to activate an electrical bell at a remote location, usually for a servant in a home or a secretary in an office. They were most popular in the Art Nouveau years 1890-1920, though some persisted until the end of the Art Deco period (1940). Some are quite plain and may be purchased for a few dollars. Others are quite elaborate, often from noted designers and manufacturers in France and Germany/Austria. One variety would sit horizontally on a desk. The other would hang from electrical cords from the ceiling, often in a corner of a room and often a replacement for mechanical bell pulls. Their use was superceded by intercoms or telephones.

      Some readers will be familiar with the book by Anselm Lange, Europäische Tischglocken. He also wrote a less well known companion, Elektrische Tischklingeln, devoted to the subject of bell pushes. Both books may be found through Bookfinder (http://www.bookfinder.com/) or similar Internet services. They are often located in Germany, but international shipping is possible.

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      (1) A.CLERGET RARE SONNETTE BRONZE DORE FEMME ART NOUVEAU
      TRES JOLIE SONNETTE EN BRONZE DORE REPRESENT UNE JEUNE FEMME AU LONG CHEVEUX PERIODE TYPIQUE 1900 ART NOUVEAU SIGNE A.CLERGET.

      Very pretty Art Nouveau lady bell in gilt bronze, depicting a young woman with long hair, probably around 1900 Art Nouveau, signed A. Clerget.

      Alexandre Clerget (1856 – 1931) was a noted French sculptor, and the artist’s signature is an additional cachet to the piece. It looks like a desk type, but the keyhole on the rear shows that it was meant to hang on a wall.

      The listing has closed: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=370493082783&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT

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      (2) Ancien intérupteur ou sonnette en bronze
      Rare et original interupteur ancien fin du 19ème en bronze, bel objet de collection, dim H 8 cm.

      Rare and original antique switch, end of 19th Century, in bronze, beautiful collector’s object,
      height 8 cm (3.2 in).

      This is the hanging type, though the two cords are missing. They would run from the base,
      through the lady’s hands, and then up to the ceiling.

      The listing has closed: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=260754706397&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT
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    • #15092
      halanb
      Participant

      RARITÄT! Uralte Tischglocke, Wiener Bronze, um 1850 !!!
      RARITÄT! Uralte Tischglocke, Wiener Bronze, wohl um 1850
      Höhe ca. 10,0 cm,
      der Kopf ist mit dem Klöppel verbunden,
      der linke Arm ist beweglich und hatte wohl mal einen Gegenstand in der Hand,
      die Bemalung ist zum Teil stark abgerieben, Glocke hat einen schönen Klang,
      normale Alters- und Gebrauchsspuren.
      Ein wohl seltenes sammelwürdiges Objekt!

      RARE! Age-old dinner bell, Vienna Bronze, 1850!

      RARE! Age-old dinner bell, Vienna Bronze, probably around 1850
      Height about 10.0 cm (4 in),
      the head is connected to the clapper,
      the left arm moves, and had probably once an object in his hand,
      the paint is rubbed off some, strong bell has a beautiful sound,
      normal age and wear.
      Probably a rare mint condition object!

      This is a nodder, probably made in Vienna, though I would date it closer to 1900 than 1850. It is one of the more rare varieties of a series of nodders with an Oriental theme, mostly male, but a few females. They are occasionally seen as figurine bells, without a nodder function. They are found in plain bronze, or with a chemical patina, or painted like this one once was. This last style, often described as Vienna Bronze, is known as “cold-painted” bronze, meaning that the color was done with polychrome paint, not a hot chemical patina. This became popular around 1880, when a rising middle class was seeking decorative objects for their homes.

      The seller mentions that the left arm appears to have been holding something. Many of this series are similar in that regard, yet the original object, whatever it was, is usually missing. The seller also mentions that the left arm moves. This is not intentional. The arm can be removed from the upper sleeve to install the pivot for the nodding action. The pivot is a round pin, driven in through a hole in the left shoulder, filed in the center of the pin to a sharp V-edge facing upwards through a hole cross-drilled in the neck, and terminating in a blind hole in the right shoulder. The weight of the head is balanced by a counterweight below to provide the nodding or pendulum effect. Then the arm is inserted and is held fixed by a pin or setscrew, which has probably now been removed, broken, or loosened.

      See Part 15, below, for a discussion of the bell on the right.

      The last picture shows the shaft which is rigidly attached to the neck above, and to the piece of metal below that serves as a counterweight for the pendulum effect nodding action and as the clapper to ring the bell.

      Seller had it listed on German eBay with a Buy-It-Now price of 480 euros ($677),
      about twice what it’s worth in my opinion. No takers at that level.

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    • #15110
      birdwing
      Member

      These Indonesian Temple bells are most likely worthless copies. At least a dozen of these can be found on eBay at any given time, in a wide array of sizes and prices, with various claims that they are bonafide antiques. A glance at the poor workmanship and cheap modern stands tells you they are not. They are most likely being mass-produced in India or China and sold to uninformed collectors as old temple bells. The scammers are counting on the idea that the majority of Westerners don’t realize that authentic antique temple bells would not be allowed out of these countries in the first place. I’ve also seen these bells at places like Pier 1 Imports and various low-end furniture stores. Anyone who paid Christies over a grand for this got royally taken for a ride. It’s junk. African bells are being copied in this way also, and have been sold on eBay by crooked dealers. I know, because I bought one.

      Bradleigh Utz
      Wisconsin

    • #15111
      halanb
      Participant

      Regarding the Indonesian BronzeTemple Bell referenced above, if there are copies then there are also originals. The Christie’s catalog specified that it was mounted on a modern stand, but dated the object as 18th century. It was sold as part of a collection of approximately 2000 lots, including many Oriental items, the personal property, collection, and remaining stock of a gentleman, described elsewhere as an “affable connoisseur” with a “collection built up over a lifetime”, who, following in the family business, was an antiques dealer for over 60 years. The price paid may well have been too high, but that is the concern of the bidders. You may be correct, but I would submit that neither you nor I can judge the authenticity and provenance of this particular item from the information now available to us.
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    • #15112
      halanb
      Participant

      BRONZE / BRASS ARAB – NOMAD BELL ~ High Relief Detail

      *Bronze or Brass Bedouin / Nomad Bell with a Gold ColorTone*

      Excellent high relief detailed workmanship! Heavy bell featuring a Nomad standing on guard leaning against a palm with a dagger in hand and rifle over his shoulders. Seems to be desert scenes with horses, camels, people, tents etc. This bell has the nomad for the handle and three tiers for the bell skirt.Top with leaf pattern, middle tier has the scenes all around and bottom tier are more leaves on a scalloped type bottom. Measures 5-1/4″ tall x 3-1/8″ dia. Very thick and heavy and has a nice bold ring. Like the bell in The Collector’s Book of Bells by L. Elsinore Springer.

      Listing has ended:
      http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&_trksid=p4340.l2557&rt=nc&nma=true&item=290552366074&si=r3ieg7ioMlWMUk6%252FEAdguXpJYlw%253D&viewitem=&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWAX%3AIT

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    • #15113
      halanb
      Participant

      Old brass / bronze Eastern Lady table bell nodding head

      An old brass or possibly bronze lady table bell in the form of an eastern lady. It has a cold painted nodding head. I do not know if it is of European or Oriental manufacture but it is one of the best quality lady bells I have seen. – please see photos – Measures approx 4 3/4 inches tall.

      Another nodder, from the same series as in Part 9 above. The head and neck are cold-painted polychrome, which is often found on these bells. She is holding a sistrum, a musical instrument dating back to ancient Egypt and Iraq. The end of the pivot pin, running horizontally, may be seen below her left arm. The last picture, however, shows that instead of a rigid shaft and counterweight, it is rigged with a wire loop and standard clapper. Some of these bells seem to have been factory assembled in this manner, for whatever reason. With other bells, the counterweight was replaced at some point with a clapper. Whenever this was done, it must have been a long time ago. The clapper is curled up on the bottom loop of the wire but, when extended normally in a vertical position, it may be seen that the wear pattern on the clapper matches that of the interior of the skirt.

      This bell sold at a reasonable price: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=330550241610&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT
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    • #15114
      halanb
      Participant

      RARE GERMAN WOODEN FIGURAL OWL DESK / TABLE BELL

      This is a beautiful wooden desk or table bell designed in the form of an Owl. It was made probably in Germany circa 1900. The carved wood is in excellent condition bearing glass eyes which enhance its beauty. The clockwork mechanism is in perfect working order. It rings pushing a knob placed on the top of its head. It measures 6” high, 3 3/8” wide and 3 1/8” thick.

      This is a wind-up mechanical bell, with a hand carved wood figure from the Black Forest region of Southern Germany. They are found in various animal figures, either in wood or celluloid, all highly collectable. Note the push mechanism on the top of the head. The push button might also be the beak of an owl or the protruding tongue of a dog. This appears to be in pristine condition, one of the best that I have seen.

      Sold in the normal price range: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=320679982611&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT

      Collectors of these wood mechanical bells will sometimes purchase an item like the ones below as a companion piece. It is a mechanical clock, made by Oswald in Germany, and prices are similar. These were made later (1920 on). Some of the figures are carved wood and some are molded from a composite wood/glue material. The time is read from the positions of the rotating eyes.


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    • #15115
      halanb
      Participant

      CLOCHE – SONNETTE DE TABLE ANCIENNE EN CRISTAL

      Belle clochette ou sonnette de table ancienne d’une hauteur de 11,2 cm, base de forme
      carrée : 4,5 x 4,5 cm. Cloche réalisée en cristal de couleur grenat et prise en métal ou
      bronze représentant une hermine surmontée d’une courone.

      Beautiful antique bell or table bell, height of 11.2 cm (4.5 in), base in the form of a
      square: 4.5 x 4.5 cm (1.8 x 18/ in). Crystal bell in garnet color and made in metal or
      bronze, representing an ermine surmounted by a crown.

      This is one of the so-called Flint Glass bells. They are thought to have been made in France (some are marked as such) around 1900, but nobody really knows much about them. Most have a figural handle with a complementary theme for the clapper. Some, like this one, have a plain ball clapper. There are about 20 different designs known to exist. There is some conjecture that they were associated with Baccarat, but I know of no proof. One does know that they are rare, they are highly collectable, and they are expensive.

      The seller states that the handle is metal or bronze. The ones I have seen appear to have been made of spelter/pewter/pot metal. I would caution you that if the handle is bent, do NOT try to straighten it or it may snap off.

      Listing has expired on French eBay:
      http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=120709342587&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT

      By way of comparison, another four Flint Glass bells are shown – Rooster and Egg; Rabbit and Carrot; Cat and Mouse; Jeweled fleur de lys and Acorn-shaped clapper. The rarity increases from left to right. The Rooster slipped through relatively unnoticed on French eBay a few years and sold at a low price in the $300 range. The remainder were sold at various ABA Convention auctions for $1050, $1300, and $2150 respectively.


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    • #15117
      halanb
      Participant

      Seek and Ye Shall Find – Many of the bells offered for sale on eBay are not worth having, but a few good ones will always pop up, and quality beats quantity every time. This is a selection of high quality table bells offered so far in April 2011.

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      Antique Bronze Spanish Woman Form Bell Carved Bone Face

      Antique Bronze Spanish Woman Form Bell with Carved Bone Face. Circa 1890. 4 1/4″ tall. Later clapper. Nice sound.

      Sellers are not allowed to use the term “ivory” on eBay these days. Some use “faux ivory”, “ivorine”, or “bone”, sometimes (not in this case) give an implied wink and a nod, but the buyer must judge what it really is. Some clues may be obtained from the appearance of the bronze bell, whether it is similar to ones known to have ivory faces. Many of these were made around 1880-1900, when ivory was plentiful and inexpensive in Europe, and Art Nouveau and then Art Deco sculptors were almost begged to use it.

      However, relatively few ivory face ladies are found and they always sell for high prices. This bell also sold for a high price, though not out of line with the market. In the absence of other information, it would be wise to assume (or hope) that the buyer knew what s/he was doing.

      http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=370496354466
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      Rare SONNETTE Table Sel Poivre BUSSANG Porcelaine XIXe
      Rare SONNETTE DE TABLE datant du XIXème siècle
      Poivre et sel. En porcelaine.
      Bon état de conservation.
      Petit éclat en bordure. Couvercle absent ?
      Hauteur 14 cm, largeur 12,5 cm, poids 550 grammes.

      Rare table bell Salt Pepper BUSSANG Porcelain 19th Century
      Rare table bell dating from the 19th Century.
      Pepper and salt. Made of porcelain.
      Good state of conservation.
      Small chip in the rim. Missing the cover?
      Height 14 cm (5.6 in), width 12.5 cm (5 in), weight 550 gm.

      This is a giveaway advertising item from BUSSANG, an iron-rich sparkling mineral water from Eastern France. The company was in business from 1650-1983. It is a combination salt seller, pepper seller, and mustard pot, with a flick bell concealed in the base. It should have a cover with spoon for mustard in the top container (see 3rd picture), and might have sold at a higher price if it were complete. It was probably made around 1925, not in the 19th Century as the seller claims.

      Note that was from a pre-FDA, pre-PC period, nothing very dainty about its usage. If you want salt or pepper, reach in the side compartments, take a pinch between thumb and forefinger, and sprinkle it on your food. The mineral water was pitched to anemics (the old Geritol “iron-poor blood” crowd). The slogan “BUSSANG = SANG BU” translates to “BUSSANG = STRONG BLOOD”.

      Similar items, sometimes found as ashtrays, toothpick holders, or match holders, were also distributed by liquor companies, e.g. Pernod. Those featuring absinth brands often sell for the highest prices. I have never seen them offered anywhere but on French eBay. Buyers usually seem to be people who collect advertising memorabilia, not bells.

      http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=250802124526&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT
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      Good 19th C Grand Tour Figural Bronze Table Bell

      This is a superb Grand Tour bronze table bell, dating from the second half of the 19th century. Beautifully cast to the body with lion and human masks, and two child figures sat on the top. The little girl is crying, the boy holding her arm. The flared section of the bell is cast with scrolls and flowers. It stands 17cm high and is obviously heavy being cast from bronze. The handle is slightly bent, easily corrected, otherwise condition is very good with a superb colour.

      This, to me, is the highlight of the group, just an almost perfect figural bronze table bell. The pictures speak for themselves.

      http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=360359791664&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT
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    • #15118
      halanb
      Participant

      As I was saying before I was so rudely interrupted, first by the goofy max 3 URL limit, and then when the ABA website crashed momentarily (not the first time by any means), this is a continuation of high quality bells offered in April 2011.

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      Antique Vienna Bronze Polychrome Figural Bell c1860

      Up for your consideration is an Antique Vienna Bronze Polychromed Figural Bell, front of bell is marked with a M & M, figure of a man in a very ornately decorated pointed hat and long gown, designs on bottom edge of gown and on sleeves are snakes, same snake design on pointed cap also. We are estimating this to be from around the 1860’s but it could be earlier.
      Do not know who or what this is supposed to symbolize? Anybody know?
      Heavy elongated brass clapper, no makers marks other then the M & M on the front.
      Dimensions: 5 1/4 inches tall, bottom opening is 2 inches in diameter. Weight 7 ozs.
      There is paint loss as you can see to the face from normal handling over the 100 + years, there is some paint loss in other areas also, with most of the gilding on the bottom half still intact.
      No breaks, cracks or signs of repairs.

      This bell is similar to those in Parts 9 and 11 above, made about the same time and possibly by the same foundry, but is from a different series. It is not a nodder but easily could have been one. The question is who or what does it represent? A perhaps simplistic answer is that it sort of looks like a magician, there is an “M” on the skirt, so it must be Merlin. A more convincing assertion, to me at least, is that, because of stylistic considerations, it represents a Zoroastrian priest, a follower of Ahura Mazda. (Seller says 1860 or earlier. I would date it as 1880 or later.)

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      Bronze Punch Figural Bell Punch & Judy Belgium c1880

      Up for your consideration is an Antique Bronze Punch (of Punch & Judy fame) Figural Bell, bell is marked made in Belgium on the bottom rim. Some letter markings on side OLPOS? Dimensions: 4 1/8 inches tall, 2 inches wide at bottom, weight 8 ozs., some light rust on the clapper. No cracks or breaks, no signs of repairs.

      I include this item only because it is one of the standard Punch bell designs (some have different caps), not a particularly good copy, should more properly be classed as a figurine bell, probably made well after 1880, but will serve as an introduction to the following bell.

      In order to save a precious URL, I will tell you that it sold for $40, a rather high price for a low quality bell.

      Antique Bronze Punch Figural Bell Punch & Judy c1880

      Up for your consideration is an Antique Bronze Figural Bell, Top of handle has a Punch figure head or a Minstrel figure head. Decorated with bells and floral motifs. c1880’s. No makers marks that I can find,
      Dimensions: 4 5/8 inches tall, 2 3/4 inches wide at bottom, weight 5 ozs. the metal rod and clapper look a bit rusty, but still solid. No cracks or breaks, no signs of repairs.

      Now this one is “the real deal”, as it were, a very unusual Punch figural bell. Always look at the interior of a bell if possible. Any care taken in a seldom seen area indicates a higher quality throughout.

      If this were mine, I would first wash it and then apply a light coat of paste wax or mineral oil to bring out the sheen of the bronze. Any metal bells will benefit from the same treatment. I use “Renaissance” brand, a micro-crystalline wax polish that will not yellow over time as most household paste waxes will. Expensive, but it goes a long way on something the size of table bells.

      http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=370501925784&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT
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      VERY UNIQUE ANTIQUE OR VINTAGE BRASS HAND SCHOOL BELL

      ANTIQUE BRASS SCHOOL HAND BELL IN VERY GOOD CONDITION. I AM NOT SURE IF IT IS A SCHOOL BELL BUT DOES SOUND THE SAME. THE DIMENSIONS ARE 8 1/2 INCHES LONG, THE BELLS ARE ABOUT 4 INCHES IN DIAMETER. HANDLE IS WOOD.

      This is often called a Muffin bell because of its shape, or sometimes a Fire Alarm bell. It is based on a patent issued to Ezra Cone in 1868 and made by the Gong Bell Mfg. Co. He described it as a (double-chiming) call bell, and his patent application read:

      ” Be it known that I, Ezra G. Cone, of East Hampton, in the county of Middlesex, and State of Connecticut, have invented a new and improved Bell; and I do hereby declare that the following is a full, clear, and exact description thereof, reference being had to the accompanying drawings. My invention consists in the combination, with a suitable handle, of two gong-shaped or open-mouthed bells, provided with a suitable clapper or clappers, whereby I am enabled to produce a bell, for calling persons to their meals, having a more melodious sound than bells for the same purpose heretofore constructed.”…

      The bells were made in various diameters, but 4” is a common size.

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    • #15119
      halanb
      Participant

      Re: (Part 9) RARE! Age-old dinner bell, Vienna Bronze, 1850!

      A viewer has kindly sent a photo of another of these bells, this one complete with the missing object that the figure would have been holding. (The original photo is on the left, the new photo on the right.) It appears to be a staff with bells mounted on crossarms in three tiers. Perhaps used for a procession?

      This second bell has the face, neck, and hands painted, but the remainder is plain bronze. It was purchased over 20 years ago at the Louvre des Antiquaires, a high end antique mall just across the Rue de Rivoli from the Louvre Museum in Paris.


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    • #15095
      halanb
      Participant

      Jolie Clochette Chien et Chiots, Bronze ciselé, XIXe

      Voici une amusante sonnette de table en bronze ciselé, à belle patine, une chienne à la tête mobile allaite ses chiots, sur un coussin en forme de dôme à 4 pompons, bien ciselé. Au dessous, un battant sur dimensionné en forme de disque.
      Travail Français des dernières années du XIXe, un intéressant modèle, j’ai déjà vendu 2 fois sur ebay les chats, qui sont d’un modèle plus courant!
      Dimensions: 8cm x 6cm.
      État: bon, pas de défaut important, un peu de réglage pour améliorer le son.

      Pretty table bell, Dog and Puppies, chased bronze, 19th century

      Here is a fun table bell, engraved bronze with patina, a dog suckling her pups, moving head (nodder) on a pillow-shaped dome with 4 tassels, well chiselled. Underneath, a disc-shaped clapper.
      French work of late nineteenth century, an interesting model. I have twice previously sold on eBay the cat version, which is more common!
      Dimensions: 8cm x 6cm (3.2 in x 2.4 in)
      Condition: good, no major fault, needs a little adjustment to improve the sound.

      This bell is sometimes known as “Mama Dog”, a companion to the more frequently seen “Mama Cat”, each with puppies or kittens. See the first two photos.

      The third photo shows the rear of Mama Dog, and the fourth photo shows that it is properly rigged as a nodder with stiff shaft and counterweight.

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    • #15120
      halanb
      Participant

      (1) Jolie Clochette au Démon, Bronze Ciselé, XIXe
      Voici une amusante sonnette de table en bronze ciselé, décor de diable, démon ou faune, oreilles pointues et cornes recourbées, chevelure ornée de pampres; profond relief, bien ciselé…
      beau travail du XIXe siècle, authenticité garantie
      Dimensions: 10cm x 6,5cm
      État: bon, pas de défaut, battant d’origine.

      Pretty Table Bell of a Demon, Bronze Carved, 19th Century
      Here is a fun table bell, engraved bronze, depicting a devil, demon or animal, pointed ears and curled horns, hair adorned with vines, high relief, well crafted …
      good work of the nineteenth century, authenticity guaranteed.
      Dimensions: 10 cm x 6.5 cm (4 in x 2.6 in)
      Condition: good, no defects, original clapper.

      http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=260776359371&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT
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      (2) ANTIQUE BRONZE ART DECO DESK BELL PUSH WITH TWO DOGS!
      Unusual Little Bronze Art Deco Desk Bell Push
      With two cute dogs….the one on the left has a slight bump to his nose
      Otherwise in good condition but needs rewiring…to go on desk
      Please see all pictures.
      It measures 2″ high by 2 1/2″ across…it has ’14’ marked to base
      Very nice and unusual collectable!

      This is a desk model bell push, as opposed to the hanging types in Part 8 above.
      Note that the cord exits to the rear, away from the person seated at the desk.

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    • #15121
      halanb
      Participant

      Antique Brass Lady Bell Playing Mandolin / Instrument

      This genuine antique brass lady bell stands 3 3/4 inches tall and is in a very good condition. No damage. The line visible on the mandolin was left there during manufacture as the instrument is made in two parts (not a crack). There is no clapper nor any hook to hang one from. No maker’s marks etc.

      Greenish deposits could be remnants of investment material,
      or polish that has been allowed to dry without proper removal.

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    • #15122
      halanb
      Participant

      Sonnette alarme Napoléon III objets de bureau
      Ancienne sonnette de bureau
      pouvant servir d’alarme de porte
      d’époque XIXème siècle
      bon état – fonctionne
      Poids : 365 g Longueur : 11,5 cm

      Alarm bell, Napoleon III era (1850-70), office equipment
      Antique office bell,
      can serve as a door alarm
      from the 19th Century
      good condition – works
      Weight: 365 g (~12 oz) Length: 11.5 cm (4.6 in)

      This wind-up alarm is more intended for a hotel room, I think. The theory is that it should be placed at an angle so the sharp-pointed legs press into the floor and the sharp-pointed tongue presses against the door. The tongue will retract if the door is opened and the bell will ring. Pressing down on the tail will also activate the ring.

      Many metal bell collectors have one, and they often sell these days in the $150-200 range. They are not often seen on US eBay, but they are listed fairly often on French eBay.

      There are other devices also intended to detect intrusion. One such alarm clamps vertically to the door knob, and will ring if the knob is turned.

      This one looks fine, and was listed at a reasonable opening price, yet failed to attract a bid.
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    • #15085
      halanb
      Participant

      ANTIQUE RARE BOJ EIBAR BRASS TURTLE HOTEL DESK BELL
      Vintage BOJ EIBAR Brass Turtle Hotel Desk Bell
      In Excellent Working Condition

      Not much information supplied by the seller. Maybe you are supposed to know how it works – wind it up, press the head or tail, and it rings. I would take exception with the first two words in the heading. The U.S. Customs Office defines antique as an object at least 100 years old, which this is not. There are four similar items for sale on eBay at this time, a usual number, so I would not consider it rare.

      The inscription on the bottom shows patent numbers and that it was presumably made by a company called [BOJ] in Eibar (northern) Spain. Most of these bells have the same inscription.

      It seems like the standard version most often encountered and it sold in the standard price range.
      The new owner will probably be happy with the purchase.
      eBay listing: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=130515653162&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT

      Yet, If I were buying it for myself, I might look a slightly different version. The one above has what I call a “slab-sided” (flat) head and with relatively shallow detail on the neck. Compare it with the next picture, in which the head is more rounded and the neck has enhanced detail. You don’t see nearly as many of these, but they are around, were also made by BOJ (perhaps earlier?), and the one below sold in the same price range. Strictly a matter of personal taste – ya pays yer money and ya takes yer choice.

      The (steel) shell is decorated by a technique called Damascening, whereby gold (or silver) is inlaid into a darkly oxidized steel background. The effect is “light on dark”. It is most often associated with Toledo Spain, and the picture on the right shows many of the items for sale in tourist shops.

      The next picture shows an older version on what seems to be a heavier iron shell with crimped edge. The underneath is similar to the ones above, but I cannot make out an inscription as to where it was made or who made it.

      The final two pictures show a turtle also made by BOJ. The shell says Toledo and the bottom shows it was also made by BOJ. The style of decoration is Niello, whereby brass/silver/steel is engraved with a burin and the channels filled with a dark enamel type compound. The effect now is “dark on light”. This turtle probably could truthfully be described as rare, and it sold for just under $400.

    • #15123
      halanb
      Participant

      Jolie Clochette aux fables, Bronze argenté, XIXe
      A rare Victorian table bell, Elkington & Co.1874
      Voici une amusante sonnette de table en bronze ciselé, à belle patine argentée, décor de fables, poignée: le Renard et la Cigogne, profond relief, bien ciselé. Au dessous, des poinçons, qui seraient d’après des renseignements britaniques, de la maison Elkington et associés, le Christofle Anglais, lettre date: 1874…..
      beau travail du XIXe siècle, authenticité garantie
      Dimensions: 15cm x 7,5cm
      État: bon, pas de défaut important, le battant n’est sans doute pas d’origine

      Pretty Table Bell with Fables, Silver-plated Bronze, 19th Century
      Here is a fun table bell engraved bronze, beautiful silver plating, depicting fables. Handle represents the Fox and the Stork, deep relief, well modelled. Below, hallmarks, that are, based on British information, firm Elkington and Associates, the English version of Christofle, letter date: 1874.
      Beautiful work of the nineteenth century, authenticity guaranteed.
      Dimensions: 15cm x 7.5 cm (6 in x 3 in). Condition: good, no major defect, the clapper is probably not original.

      The seller describes the handle as the fable of the Fox and the Stork. In fact, it should be the Wolf and the Stork, a tale first attributed to Aesop as told by Phaedrus, then a La Fontaine poem (http://www.readbookonline.net/readOnLine/19874/). It also appears in a Guy de Maupassant story, and in various Eastern literature. The Wolf is always present, but the bird may be a Stork, a Crane, or a Heron. The last picture below shows Stefan Horota’s 1968 sculpture of the fable in Berlin’s Treptower Park.

      Basically the story is that a wolf had a bone stuck in his throat and, with gestures depicting the problem, persuaded a stork to remove it with his large beak. When the stork asked for a modest payment for the service, the wolf replied that, knowing the general nature of a wolf, the stork should accept as payment the fact that the wolf did not bite off the stork’s beak.

      Three different animal heads protrude from the bell, with fables beneath. The bell is depicted on the cover of Dorothy Anthony’s World of Bells No. 5, in a gilt version.

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    • #15124
      halanb
      Participant

      (22a-1) ANCIENNE CLOCHE EN BRONZE LE “MANDARIN”RARE!!!!!
      ANCIENNE CLOCHE EN BRONZE
      UN VIEUX MADARIN QUI TIENT UN TIMBALLE
      COMPLETE ET EN BON ETAT
      HAUTEUR/12CM

      ANTIQUE BRONZE BELL – THE MANDARIN – RARE
      ANTIQUE BRONZE BELL
      AN ELDERLY MANDARIN WHO HOLDS A TAMBOURINE
      COMPLETE AND IN A GOOD STATE
      HEIGHT 12 CM (4.8 IN)

      This is another from the group seen above in Parts 9, 14b, and 15.
      It is rigged as a standard table bell, not a nodder,
      though some nodders may also exist in the same pattern.

      It sold at a bargain price and someone got a terrific deal.
      http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=220781065841&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT

      Compare the various skirt designs that we have seen:

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      (22a-2) 1800s Figural Bulldog Head Clockwork Hotel Desk Bell
      Rare 1800s Figural Bulldog Head Clockwork Hotel Desk Bell is about 4 1/2″ ear to ear. The bulldog is made of stamped brass, has glass eyes that have been replaced (the partial glass original eye was just like the replacements). To operate the bell you wind up the clockwork mechanism and when the ears are pushed back the mouth opens slightly and the bell rings until you release the ears. Item is complete, and in fine condition (there is a small dent on top of the right eyelid).

      Note the keyhole slot in the third picture, so that it may be hung on a wall.

      The sale price was in the normal range for these popular items.
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    • #15125
      halanb
      Participant

      Two bells are covered in this section:

      (22b-1) CLOCHE DE TABLE ANCIENNE BRONZE ARGENTE L ENFER RODIN
      MAGNIFIQUE CLOCHE DE SERVICE DE TABLE DU DEBUT DU XXéme S , EN BRONZE ARGENTE
      SON DECOR EST INSPIRE DES ” PORTES DE L ENFER ” DE ” RODIN ” , observez les détails de la cloche !!
      DIM 16,8 CMS , DIAM DU DESSOUS 8,4 CMS
      CHAQUE PERSONNAGE EST DIFFERENT…….peut etre attribué à ????
      OBJET AUTHENTIQUE !!

      ANTIQUE TABLE BELL, SILVER PLATED BRONZE, RODIN’S HELL
      BEAUTIFUL TABLE BELL FROM EARLY 20 CENTURY, SILVER PLATED BRONZE.
      ITS DECOR IS INSPIRED BY RODIN’S ‘GATES OF HELL”. OBSERVE THE DETAILS OF THE BELL!
      HEIGHT 16.8 CMS (6.7 IN), 8.4 CMS (3.3 IN) DIAMETER OT THE BASE
      EACH CHARACTER IS DIFFERENT ……. PERHAPS ATTRIBUTED TO??
      AUTHENTIC OBJECT!

      (22b-2) Ancienne Cloche Messe Noire en Bronze Memento Mori bell
      Très ancienne et rare cloche de messe noire.J’affirme messe noire car je ne vois pas d’autre explication à ce thème de la mort et de l’enfer.
      Elle est en bronze.
      Une production ancienne, XIX ° siècle ou avant ………….
      Décor de la mort sur la poignée et de l’enfer avec plusieurs clochers sur le contour.Voir les détails sur photos.
      Cette cloche avait beaucoup plus de traces de blanc d’Espagne ( miror ) qui bien qu’en la faisant tremper et brossant a du mal à partir.Des années de polish! Sa patine n’est pas verte, il s’agit de l’effet du flash.
      Un prix de départ minime pour une telle curiosité.
      Afin de garantir l’authenticité.

      Old Bronze Bell, Black Mass, Memento Mori bell
      Very old and rare Black Mass bell. I say Black Mass because I see no other explanation for this theme of death and hell.
      It is bronze.
      Antique production, nineteenth century or before ………….
      Subject of death on the handle and of hell with several towers on the base. See details on pictures.
      This bell has many traces of polish that even soaking and brushing has trouble to remove. Many years of polish! Its patina is not green, it is the effect of the flash.
      A low starting price for such a minor curiosity.
      Authenticity guaranteed.

      The handles are different but the bases are the same. The first handle is Satan/Lucifer/Mephistopheles. The second handle is a death figure.

      I think the first seller’s description is more correct. It was probably inspired by Rodin’s Gates of Hell design, which itself was based on Dante’s Inferno. Rodin (1840-1917) worked on this monumental sculpture for the last 37 years of his life. Several well known figures from it, including The Thinker, were cast in his lifetime, but the entire work was not cast in bronze until 1926 in Philadelphia. Since Rodin did not begin work until 1880, there is no way that the second seller’s version of bell construction date can be correct.

      The first bell is clearly of lost wax construction of the highest order. I have seen it once or twice before.
      I have never seen the second bell previously, and the details are inferior to the first bell. The third photo, a closeup of this second bell, shows a seam and grinding consistent with sand cast production. Very curious.

      I myself would value the first bell much above the second bell, but the market has spoken.

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    • #15126
      halanb
      Participant

      (23-1) VICTORIAN ANTIQUE BRASS CRINOLINE LADY HAND BELL
      EXQUISITE VICTORIAN ANTIQUE BRASS CRINOLINE LADY HAND BELL
      Presenting an exceptional genuine antique English brass
      figural crinoline lady shaped hand held bell.
      This highly appealing antique brass bell has the most detailed and
      extensive decoration we have seen on any crinoline lady bell.
      This bell has been extremely well cast in thick brass.
      The detail is magnificent, with exquisite folds
      and extravagent fills on the ladies dress.
      The crinoline lady’s face has exceptionally fine features and
      is most appealing. The beautifully proportioned, thin waisted
      lady holds a fan in her slender fingers.
      With lovely high, jewelled hair, wide sleeves
      and an appealing floral detail to the front of her skirt,
      this piece certainly is a fine Victorian example.
      The beautifully shaped wide skirt acts as the bell,
      with the torso and head acting as the handle.
      This superb bell is presented in excellent condition, with no losses
      or cracks to the brass. This charming piece has developed a wonderful
      patina that only years of loving use can bring.
      The original donger remains in place.
      This highly appealing antique crinoline lady bell stands approx 150mms tall
      and measures approx 85mms in width at its base.
      A superb addition to any crinoline lady, Victorian period,
      antique brass or antique bell collection!

      Seems like a pretty hard sell for a common bell, usually known as Madame du Pompadour. If common, why am I featuring it here? The reason is to show that significant differences can exist between these bells.

      All the ones I have seen are sand cast, so you know you will never see the detail as on a lost wax bell. However, sand cast bells are quite acceptable if care is taken with the casting process. Less or minimal care, and you can find some really nasty examples. The first set of pictures is one of the best that can be found. The sale price was a little higher than the average, but this bell is well above average. You probably only want one, so why not get the best that you can find?

      http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=370509810036&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT

      The next set of pictures is of a bell closer to an average example. Detail is deficient, compared to the one above. It has a lot of nasty gunk that could take you hours to clean off. Yet it only sold for 8 bucks less than the one above.

      Moving further down, we arrive at places that your mother either did, or should, warn you about.

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      (23-2) ANTIQUE 19THc BRONZE DEVIL SATAN LUCIFER BELL VERY RARE
      ANTIQUE 19THc BRONZE DEVIL SATAN LUCIFER BELL IN EXCELLENT CONDITION!!!
      THIS ONE IS VERY RARE,
      ONE OF A KIND FOR SURE!!!!!!!!!!!
      IT MEASURES 6 INCHES IN HEIGHT AND 2.5 INCHES IN DIAMETER.
      THIS BELL IS VERY DETAILED AND UNIQUE!
      EXCELLENT ITEM FOR YOUR COLLECTION. GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!!!

      Probably an ONI figure, and an average example of this particular figural bell.
      RARE, sure. VERY RARE, might be stretching it a little.
      ONE OF A KIND FOR SURE!!!!!!!!!!! Hardly, considering that Manfred exhibited his copy in the previous DEVILS & DEMONS section, I have one, and I have seen other examples (though all of those had the handle rotated 90 degrees).

      Unless a prototype or figural marriage, there is no reason to believe that a metal table bell is unique. The design exists, a mold or model exists, and all foundries cast multiple copies, even if only in limited editions.

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    • #15094
      halanb
      Participant

      (24a-1) Antique Silver Figural Lady Bell
      This is a stunning looking antique collectable bell that is very ornately made.
      It measures 4 -1/2 inches tall and diameter of base is 2- 9/16 inches.
      There are 3 markings on this bell which are hard to depict but from left to right are a very ornate crown, the second is a crown with a lion under it and the third is a crown within a shield.

      The very definition of a tea bell to summon a cook or maid. It is probably silver, rather than silver-plated. I don’t recall the maker’s marks, possibly German. British silver marks are well defined and easy to translate, but until the unification of German silver marks in 1886, each city-state had their own. There is often a content designation like .800 or .840 but not necessarily near the other marks. There may not be one on this bell, or the seller may have missed it.

      A desirable bell and it sold at a reasonable, or even low, price in today’s market.

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      (24a-2) CLOCHE ARGENT MINERVE BACCHUS SONNETTE DE TABLE
      SPLENDIDE CLOCHE DE TABLE EN ARGENT MASSIF.
      Elle possède plusieurs poinçons ,au pied de l’Ange,sur le gong et la cloche.
      Elle pése 214 grammes.
      Elle mesure 13,3cm de hauteur,l’Ange mesure 8cm de hauteur,
      la cloche mesure 6,5cm de diamètre.

      SILVER BELL MINERVA BACCHUS TABLE BELL
      SPLENDID TABLE BELL IN PURE SILVER.
      It possesses several marks, at the foot of the figure, on the clapper and the bell.
      It weighs 214 grams (7.6 oz).
      It measures 13.3 cm (5.3 in) in height, the figure measures 8 cm (3.2 in) in height,
      the bell measures 6.5 cm (2.6 in) in diameter.

      Another desirable tea bell, with a Bacchic putto bearing grapes, a little larger than the one above. Most 19C French silver will have one mark for silver content and another for the maker. The seller shows pictures of the same content marks on the figure, the bell, and the clapper. The “Minerva head” mark signifies .950 in silver content, higher than the .925 British Sterling standard. A “Minerva” mark followed by a “2” indicates .800 silver content. Both of these are used for silver items which could be sold internally in France. Occasionally you may see an item destined for export only. These bear a “Mercury head” mark, always followed by a number. “1” indicates .920; “2” indicates .840; and “3” indicates .750 content. The seller states that there is a maker’s mark, but does not identify it.

      The seller’s asking price is way above the market, and there were no takers.

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    • #15127
      halanb
      Participant

      (24b-1) Very Rare Bronze Iron Maiden Figurine Bell Good Detail
      You are bidding on a very rare bell. This is the iron maiden, and she is bronze. She has good detail. There are no marks. This is in wonderful condition. This used to be really expensive, so the price is right. The height is 3 1/2″, and the base diameter measures 1 1/2″.

      Many metal bell collectors have one of these, but they are not often seen and are always snatched up.
      The Iron Maiden was a medieval torture device. The best known example was associated with Nuremberg, though that particular well publicized example (pic 3) is now known to be a later reproduction.

      I imagine the sellers were delighted with the final bid price.

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      (24b-2) STUNNING VICTORIAN NUDE LADY BRASS BELL 12 cm 218g
      We are delighted to be offering today for auction on eBay, the following item.
      STUNNING VICTORIAN NUDE LADY BRASS BELL 480 g
      Depicts a stunning example of the figural nude lady solid brass bell, very good solid brass cast .
      Height : 4 3/4 inches – 12 cm Weight : 218 g
      Condition: used – Vintage condition no damage, the bell ringing .

      This is another good figural bell. The figure is often seen on other bells as well. I think she is Leto, daughter of Titans, and mother of Apollo and Artemis by Zeus. The most interesting feature to me is that the clapper is attached with a spring, rather than wire or chain. I have seen this on other figurals, but they always have a similar style base.

      Sold at a reasonable price in my opinion.

      http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=200608764482&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT

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    • #15128
      halanb
      Participant

      ANTIQUE GEORG JENSEN STERLING SILVER DINNER BELL
      MARKED ON SIDE DESSIN HN DENMARK GEORG JENSEN STERLING 174…
      WEIGHTS 2.82 TROY OZ. MEASURES 3″ TALL X 1-5/8″….

      Since 1904, Georg Jensen has been the premier Danish silver company. Progressing through Art Nouveau, then Art Deco, and now in modern Scandanavian style, its essence has always been design. The pieces are made in sterling, not silver plate. They are expensive and highly sought.

      The seller states that the bell is “antique” but does not show the hallmark.
      The third photo shows the various marks from earliest through current.

      http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=260787129521&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT

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    • #15129
      halanb
      Participant

      (26-1) Old Mechanical Dinner Gong…heavy brass..1930’s
      Mechanical Dinner Gong…Native and Bird with Gong
      Made of heavy brass…press button and native strikes gong
      6″ wide….9-1/2″ tall No markings
      Made in the 1930’s Fine detailed castings

      An unusual and seldom seen mechanical bell. By pressing down on the button, the figure turns and strikes the gong. The seller only provided one picture, but that seems to have been sufficient.

      If you check the bid history on the item, you will notice that the buyer was very determined. In addition to the winning bid, s/he entered four higher “insurance” bids a short time apart, each time apparently rethinking what it was worth to him/her.

      http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=230625155902&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT

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      Addendum: 4 June 2011 – It is unusual to encounter a mechanical gong, like the one above. It is even more unusual to encounter a similar item in succession.

      (26-2) Rare antique brass serving/servants bell – dinner gong
      For your consideration I have a vintage brass serving or servants bell which was originally used in a hotel many years hence, most unusual as it can be operated by either side or both together.
      This item is in sound used condition with some wear and tear in keeping with it’s age and being used, it would certainly benefit from a good clean/polish – Standing approx 5″ tall and being approx 5.5″ across.

      The former gong is operated by the figure (“jack” or “jacques”) striking the face of the gong. This one is a double tap bell, operated from either side, with the clapper striking the rim of the gong.

      http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=260794459560

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    • #15131
      halanb
      Participant

      (27-1) Brass bell
      Just the sort you would see in a period drama when somebody in bed is ringing for a servant.
      8.5 cm tall x 5 cm base
      Handle is a swans neck with criss cross markings.
      Bell has different patterns and rings quite loudly.
      Original clacker.
      Very pretty

      A listing from a relatively new seller, little description in the title, and only one picture, but that is sufficient. It sold at a low price, but it is definitely not low quality. Rather, it illustrates one of the real bargains that can occasionally be found. Probably dating from around 1900, lost wax construction, excellent detail on the base. Nothing flashy, but many times better than any figurine lady bell that you would find in the same price range.

      http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=270755869953&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT

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      (27-2) ORNATE NUDE LADY WOMAN BRASS BELL VINTAGE OLDER STUNNER
      THIS IS A VINTAGE NUDE LADY BRASS BELL. THIS BELL HAS VERY ORNATE DESIGNS. THE TOP PART OF THE BELL HAS FACES OF MEN AND DOGS AND GOATS? THE BOTTOM HALF OF THE BELL HAS NUDE MEN, SOME WITH WINGS, LARGE BIRDLIKE ANIMALS WITH DOG BODIES, MORE GOATS? AND ALSO GOD LIKE MENS FACES. VERY ORNATE DESIGNS. AND OF COURSE THE NAKED WOMAN AT THE TOP (HANDLE). THIS MEASURES APPROX. 5″ HIGH. THE BOTTOM DIAM OF THE BELL IS APPROX. 2 5/8″. THIS BELL IS STUNNING.

      Another Leto figure for a handle, as in Part (24b-2). The base is the same as the Gorham “Old Florentine” though the inside picture shows that it does not carry that inscription. The original bell design was by Benvenuto Cellini and dates back to the Renaissance.

      http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=110694622872&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT

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    • #15133
      halanb
      Participant

      28a-1 Unusual 1800s SERVANT call bell BRASS or BRONZE. MUST SEE
      Very unusual, 19th century, servant call bell. Bronze or brass. Depicts, I presume, a cook holding a rolling pin. 2 utensils hanging from her apron belt. Possibly Dutch. Lovely patina. Good condition. Original clanger. 11.5 cms high.

      Seller says possibly Dutch, and I would agree with that. Probably a sand cast bell, but well finished. There are a number of these rather severe ladies, all genre figures and not identified with a particular person.

      http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=330568891389&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT

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      28a-2 BRASS LADY BELL – Rare Wizard NODDER
      Brass Lady Bell – Rare bell representing a Wizard in a robe holding his wand in the air. This bell is a nodder,
      i.e., when you ring the bell he nods his head as it is attached to the clapper. 11 cm tall.

      Compare this with the similar bells shown in Part 22a-1. This bell has the advantage that the figure is holding a staff (magic wand?), which is often missing. However, notice that the skirt patterns are very indistinct and “fuzzy”, not like the crisp renderings that we have seen previously. The seller only provided one picture.

      http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=250832026253&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT

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      28a-3 TETARD :Clochette de Table en Argent de St. Renaissance
      Magnifique et rare Clochette de Table en Argent massif de Style Renaissance , avec son décor pour partie sur fond amati composé de feuilles d’acanthe, godrons, et rinceaux cordiformes. Clochette compléte avec son grelot. Poinçons Minerve 1er Titre (.950) à 2 reprises sur le corps et un sur le grelot, et Poinçon du Maître Orfèvre Edouard TETARD. Magnigique Clochette de Table circa 1880 de très belle qualité, dense avec ses 124 grammes et dotée d’une belle sonorité. Excellent état. Hauteur de la Clochette: 10,3 cms.
      Poids de la Clochette: 124 grammes.

      Beautiful and rare solid Silver Bell Table, Renaissance-style decor with (Amati?) background composed of acanthus leaves, fluted, and heart-shaped foliage. Bell complete with a clapper. Minerva marks, first order (.950) 2 times on the body and the bell, and maker’s mark of the Master Goldsmith Edward Tetard. Magnificent Table Bell circa 1880 of very good quality, heavy with 124 grams and has a beautiful sound. Excellent condition. Height of the Bell: 10.3 cms. Bell Weight: 124 grams.

      Not much more to say. Well documented table bell in .950 silver from a known source.

      http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=150618088910&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT

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    • #15132
      halanb
      Participant

      28b-1 RARE SONNETTE COCHON METAL YEUX EN VERRE EP.19EME
      PEU COURANTE SONNETTE EN METAL LES YEUX EN VERRE REPRESENTANT UN COCHON EPOQUE 19EME LA SONNETTE FONCTIONNE. LONGUEUR 18CM. HAUTEUR 9.5CM.

      UNUSUAL METAL BELL, GLASS EYES, REPRESENTATION OF A PIG, 19TH CENTURY, THE BELL FUNCTIONS.
      LENGTH 18CM. HEIGHT 9.5CM.

      This is the same as way back in Part 1, except that was an unusual silver model, while this is the more common cast iron. Wind it up, press the snout or the tail to make it ring.

      http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=370514760267&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT

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      28b-2 Superbe très rare ancienne sonnette de comptoir hotel
      Superbe très rare ancienne sonnette de réception de comptoir d’hotel.
      Hauteur: 20 cm Largeur: 10 cm
      En bon état. Superbe travail.

      Superb very rare reception table bell for a hotel counter.
      Height 20 cm (8 in) Width 10 cm (4 in)
      In good condition. Superb work.

      A plunge type bell, which should ring on the downstroke and on the return stroke.

      http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=370514749275&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT

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      28b-3 Vintage Meriden Silverplate Figural Tap Bell C-1900
      This tap bell features a young girl holding the plunger to the bell. the bell is engraved SRD. The bell stand measures 7″ across and is 7-1/2″ tall. The bell taps rings great! The girl is very slightly loose but there are screws and nuts you can tighten up on the bottom. The piece is marked Meriden on the bottom. There are two holes on each end of the piece. Maybe there was a handle? There is no damage that I can find. Everything is in good working order. This item is antique and over 100 years old.

      Similar to the plunge bell above, but this is a simple tap bell – one tap, one ding.

      http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=320710242339&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT
      Reserve not met. My guess is that it should sell in the $400 – $500 range.

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    • #15134
      halanb
      Participant

      29a-1 CLOCHE ARGENT MINERVE BACCHUS SONNETTE DE TABLE

      See Part 24a-2 above for details. No sale the first time because of very high reserve.
      Seller relisted the bell at a reasonable starting price, attracted considerable interest,
      and we now know how the market values it at this particular time.

      http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=120741160459&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT

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      29a-2 Old Antique Bronze Victorian Table Dinner Servant Bell
      Up for auction is an Antique Bronze Victorian Sculpture Service Bell. I am not sure how old this piece is but it is lathe turned and looks to be VERY old. I have not seen another like it and the artisan who created this bell was very gifted to say the least. Notice the hand punched design on the side of the bell. On top the bell is carved as well. A hand made true work of art. It must have taken many hours to create this masterpiece! There is a small crack visible from 3 pictures below but the bell is still very solid and shows no sign of weakness. I pulled it to the side a few times and it didn’t move at all. This bronze bell has a wonderful patina and shows its age well. The ring is surprisingly loud and resonates for a long period of time. It stands about 4 1/2″ tall and the bell diameter at the bottom is about 2 3/8″ and the bell itself is well over 1/8″ thick.

      I don’t think the seller knows much about bells, is mistaken in some of the text about manufacturing method, yet is scrupulously honest in saying what s/he thinks and in providing complete and detailed pictures. This honesty may have worked against the best interest of the seller in that some of the perceived flaws may have deterred some bidders. It was listed twice before it drew the single bid that won the item. The flaws are minor and can be corrected, while the bell itself is a high quality figural. I already have one, or I would have bid myself. I hope the new owner will be happy with the purchase.

      http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=150625347722&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT

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    • #15135
      halanb
      Participant

      29b-1 WW2 1940 RAF ALERT BATTLESTATIONS BRASS BELL VERY RARE
      OFFERED FOR AUCTION WITHOUT RESERVE 1 VERY RARE RAF ALERT, WARNING, BATTLESTATIONS SOLID BRASS BELL.

      THE BELL STANDS APPROX 12INCH TALL AND THE BELL BOTTOM MEASURES APPROX 10.5 INCH ACROSS.

      THE BELL HAS A NICE ENGRAVING COAT OF ARMS AND READS AM 1940. THERE IS THE MARK GB ON THE CROWN OF THE BELL ALSO SHOWING THE ARROW ( CROWS FOOT ) MINISTRY MARK.

      THE BELL IS AS PHOTOGRAPHED AND SHOWS SIGNS OF WEAR. THERE ARE A FEW DEEP SCRATCHES IN PLACES, HOWEVER THERE ARE NO CRACKS AND IT SOUNDS MAGNIFICENT. THE BELL HAS SOME DISCOLOURATION IN PLACES. BELL HAS NOT BEEN POLISHED OR RESTORED IN ANY WAY AND SOLD AS IS.

      THIS IS A VERY RARE ITEM.

      This is also known as a Scramble Bell, used to alert pilots that an attack was imminent and they had to take off immediately. Highly collectable, expensive, and heavy. Generally sold in England, but there are some American ABA members who collect them and willingly pay the costly freight.

      http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=220803485004&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT

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      29b-2 Wiener Bronze Vienna Klingelknopf Klingel Tischklingel
      Wunderschöne, alte Wiener Bronze, antike Tischklingel mit Original Elektrik.
      Maus auf einem Buch, 6,2 cm x 5,8 cm.
      Garantiert alt und antik aus der Wiener Zeit um 1900.

      The seller used every descriptive noun he could think of in the title to attract attention,
      but is basically saying that it is a Vienna Bronze Bell Push.
      Very beautiful, old Vienna bronze, antique bell push with original electric parts.
      A mouse on a book, size 6.2 cm x 5.8 cm (2.4 x 2.2 in).
      Guaranteed old and antique from the Vienna time around 1900.

      Another table model bell push, infrequently seen, expensive. Anything attributed as “Vienna Bronze” tends to be expensive. There are many modern copies (fakes) of smaller figures around, but this is genuine. Vienna Bronze often has color applied with cold paint, rather than a hot chemical patina. From a manufacturing standpoint, I suspect labor costs were much lower and production much faster than fooling with a patina.

      http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=360376261895&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT

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    • #15086
      halanb
      Participant

      Addenda:

      An alert viewer, who knows far more about mechanical bells than I, has kindly sent the following information.

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      Re: Part 28b-1 Cast Iron Pig Bell

      The shaft leading from the head to the release mechanism in the middle is broken. You can see the place where it has been snapped off. Tail will work, but not the head.”

      Compare the picture on the left from the listing with the picture on the right submitted by this viewer.

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      Re: Part 28b-2 Hotel Counter Bell

      On the downstroke the head also snaps up and back thereby hitting the bottom bell.”

      Note the hinge that can be seen behind the collar.

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      Re: 28b-3 Meriden Figural Tap Bell

      “They are supposed to have a 1/8″ wire rod loop handle going from the hole in the base one side over the top and into the hole on the other side. A very weak solder connection, so most break off and are lost.”

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    • #15089
      halanb
      Participant

      31a-1 Muffin Man Hand Bell

      A superb example of a hand bell often referred to as a Muffin Man’s Bell as they used to walk through the streets in Victorian times selling freshly baked muffins and ringing their bell to announce their prescence much as the ice cream vans of today. It has a sweet mellow two tone ring. The brass is a wonderful colour often referred to as bell metal. It is unusual in having a white porcelaine handle as they are usually made of wood. Everything about it is in excellent original condition and it is free of any damage or repairs of any kind. It measures 8.5 inches in length excluding the hanging ring. I feel that this is a rare piece of our social history as well as a desirable and collectable item in its own right. It dates from about 1870.

      Compare this bell from England with the Ezra Cone Gong Bell from Part 14b. Obviously similar, but some differences in the shape of the bell and the internally threaded conical section protruding from the center of each bell. Is it a different version of the American Gong Bell that made its way to England, or is it a version produced over there? I would appreciate information from any reader who is familiar with this bell.

      http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=150627438853&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT

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      31a-2 BERTHOLD MULLER Figural STERLING BELL Use / Scrap 8 OZ

      Berthold Muller Sterling Silver Dinner Bell ~ Figural Roman Solder at Top
      Total height is approximately 6″ in height (staff would add another 1 & 1/2″ or so to overall height); 3 & 1/4″ x 3 & 1/4″ circular at base ~ Roman soldier along measures approximately: 2 & 3/4″ in height; 1 & 1/2″ in width (includes outstretched arms) Dime is shown to reference larger size ~ Weight is approximately: 8 NON-TROY OUNCES or about 228 grams
      ITEM DETAILS: This auction features an antique Berthold Muller sterling silver figural bell. The top portion bears a complete, 3D image of a standing Roman solider. He bears extremely fine and exquisite detail for the small size, and is holding a staff in his left hand and larger style shield rests at his right. This is so detailed, even the tiny image of his belt buckle is visible! The Roman stands amoungst curled silver pieces which leads into the large bell portion. This is somewhat non-descript (i.e. – no real detail) aside from the somewhat upraised silver pieces at the top of the base. The inside of the bell still bears the chain and clapper piece, as well. In purchasing this piece, I did have to do some research. I was not only fascinated by it, but also somewhat baffled by the markings at first. Thankfully, most of what I found did clear up my confusion. Essentially, this piece was created in Germany, but imported to England; a whole subgroup of items often termed as, “Hanau Silver.” This particular piece is hallmarked for Chester, England with a date mark of what I believe to be 1906 (“F” in script — please see pictures for this). It is also bears a few “pseudo” marks (which was not too unusual), along with a standard “925” for sterling silver. In addition to the many hallmarks seen on the side, the bell’s clapper (the piece hanging from the inner chain) is also marked with, “925,” as well. It is a truly amazing find! This piece came from the estate of a 92 year old highly distinguished lady. She was a world traveler and clearly cherished the finer things in life. I am truly honored to be able to offer the few items I was able to acquire from her estate.

      A lot of information, but most of it to the point for this top quality figural. I suspect what the seller calls “pseudo” marks are the original German markings, and then it was re-marked upon entry to England to satisfy their requirements to be offered for sale in the UK.

      http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=250848366318&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT

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      31a-3 GORHAM WOMAN FIGURAL STERLING DINNER BELL c1874 151 G

      Gorham figural sterling silver dinner bell – with woman on top holding up ring – gilt gold band around base of figure. Marked 1860 1885 with B monogram. Great condition please view photos.
      Circa 1874 – marked 290, with sterling Gorham marks and the letter G, ~5″ high, 2 3/8″ diameter, 151 gm.

      The 1860-1885 dates probably signify that it was a silver wedding present. Those and the Gorham “G” mark serve to date the piece conclusively. I will use my last allowed link in this portion, but see Part 31b below for a link to Gorham silver marks. These same symbols were also used for the silver-plated Gorham tea bells.

      http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=150626343911&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT

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    • #15091
      halanb
      Participant

      31b – Gorham Silver Marks

      The following link will show the marks used by Gorham Silver Co. from 1868 on.
      Note that the top toolbar also has links to various other marks.

      http://www.925-1000.com/Gorham_Date_Code.html

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    • #15084
      halanb
      Participant

      32a – ANTIQUE [CIRCA 1900] HAND HELD BELL TICKET PUNCH

      AN ANTIQUE CIRCA 1900 HAND HELD BRASS AND STEEL BELL TICKET PUNCH.
      STAMPED “THE BELL PUNCH AND PRINTING CO.LIM.LONDON.K3424”.
      ORIGINAL CONDITION – WHEN THE PUNCH IS OPERATED A BELL RINGS.
      ABOUT 5″ LONG.

      A utilitarian item incorporating a bell as a signal that a ticket has in fact been punched. The seller does not mention it, but it seems that the rotating discs can be set to print auxiliary information.

      http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=110713469360&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT

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      32b – BIEDERMEIER TISCHGLOCKE DAME PETER TERESZCZUK 19.JHD

      Sie bieten auf eine sehr schöne seltene Glocke!!!
      BIEDERMEIER
      “HOLLAND”
      GESICHT AUS BEIN ODER…
      “TISCHGLOCKE-HANDGLOCKE”
      FIGURLICH
      PETER TERESZCZUK?!
      ohne signatur
      “HOLLÄNDISCHE DAME MIT BLUMEN UND TASCHE”
      “MESSING-BRONZIERT”
      SCHWERE AUSFÜHRUNG
      Mit original Klöppel!
      wohl um 19.JHD.
      Maße: Hoch: 10,5 cm Durchmesser unten: 8 cm Gewicht: ca. 560 Gramm
      Sehr guter altersbedingter Zustand,siehe Foto!

      Rough translation: You are bidding on a very rare beautiful bell!
      Biedermeier, Holland, Figural Table Bell
      By PETER TERESZCZUK? (without signature)
      “DUTCH LADY WITH FLOWERS AND BAG”, Brass w/ brown patina, heavy, with original clapper, probably around 19th century. Dimensions: High: 10.5 cm bottom diameter: 8 cm Weight: 560 grams

      As I have mentioned previously, ivory-face lady figurine bells always fetch a hefty price, and this is no exception. Personally, however, I doubt that this is by Peter Tereszczuk, as the casting details do not appear to approach his usual standard. Manfred is the expert on this subject, and I hope that he will post his thoughts on this matter.

      http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=330588626481

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    • #15137
      Glockensammler
      Participant

      Hi Alan,

      yes, indeed it is a bell made in the workshop of Peter Tereszczuk. I have a similar bell in my
      collection – again without signature!!
      However I have seen the same type a couple of times in recent years and both were
      marked by Tereszcuk.

      Manfred

    • #15138
      halanb
      Participant

      33 – Addendum Re: Part 31a-2 – Berthold Muller Bell

      Our alert viewer has sent a photo of a companion to the Berthold Muller bell in Part 31a-2. The photo on the left is from the eBay listing. The photo on the right is the new submission, and flies a guidon from the pole. The viewer points out that the two knobs near the top of the pole on the eBay bell suggest that something would have been between them.

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    • #15139
      halanb
      Participant

      And now, a few silver items from Britain for your consideration: =================================================================================================

      34a Art Deco Asprey Silver Plated Bell Cocktail Shaker 1930
      An iconic art deco silver plated bell shape cocktail shaker by Asprey & Co. Fantastic design in the form of a hand bell. Classic art deco by the famous retailer Asprey & Co London. Made by Hukin and Heath for Asprey . Genuine and original 1930’s . Fully marked on the base with provisional patent and registration number. In excellent condition and fully functional . Height approx 11″.

      Frankly, this is one of the pieces that I do not understand or the prices paid for them, probably because I do not collect cocktail shakers. It would be of interest to me because of the bell shape, but for no other reason.

      http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Art-Deco-Asprey-Silver-Plated-Bell-Cocktail-Shaker-1930-/350475643627?pt=UK_Collectables_Breweriana_SM&hash=item5199f9eaeb

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      34b Antique silver plate childs rattle whistle & bells 19th
      An unusual child’s rattle. With whistle and four bells. Cast metal 19th century. Size: Length 3 1/2 inches.
      Condition: I think the item once had a handle, the mount for which is now missing.
      The mouthpiece is slightly damaged and does not sound.
      There are three very small cracks in the body which appear to be casting flaws. Slight wear to plate.

      Talk about your bells and whistles! Yes, only one whistle, but four bells, and a lady figurine.

      http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Antique-silver-plate-childs-rattle-whistle-bells-19th-/110714101911?pt=UK_Antiques_Silverware_RL&hash=item19c7132097

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      34c Superb SOLID SILVER & Faux Ivory TABLE BELL London 1900
      This sterling silver table bell has been made to a Georgian design.
      It has a barley twist ivory handle and the body is English hallmarked silver.
      The bell has its original chain and clapper, the latter is also hallmarked for sterling silver.
      Hallmarks on the bell are clear and show maker CB for Charles Boyton, Lion Passant for sterling, London assay mark and date letter e for 1900.
      The bell is in very good condition and the clapper has a wonderful resonance. The ivory handle has a thin split as seen in photo.
      Height is 5 ½ ins (14cm) and diameter of bell is 3 ¼ ins (8cm). This is a quality piece from an age of elegant dining.

      If you collect authenticated silver tea bells, then this is one to have as it is well documented. A glance at the silver marks shows again the fondness that Brits have for polishing silver (and brass) items. The marks would have originally been much higher relief, but they illustrate what you should look for. Some of the marks go back to the 15th Century, and can easily be found online. The initials are those of the maker, were required and registered. The Lion Passant denotes sterling (.925) silver content. The Uncrowned Leopard Head denotes London from 1822 on. The last mark is for the year of manufacture, normally running thru 20 upper and lower case letters, with the font and shield design changing every 40 years. From 1784 – 1890 there was also a Duty Mark, showing the head of the reigning monarch.

      Note that the seller uses “Faux Ivory” in the title, as required by the current goofy eBay rules, but reverts to “ivory” in the text.

      http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Superb-SOLID-SILVER-Faux-Ivory-TABLE-BELL-London-1900-/170669612548?pt=UK_Antiques_DecorativeAntiques_Collectables_EH&hash=item27bcb39e04

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      One more, for lagniappe:

      34d Antique silver bell Birmingham 1930
      A wonderful antique silver bell, the handle beautifully carved. It has hallmarks for Birmingham 1930 and the makers mark of William Base & Sons of Kenyon Street, Birmingham.
      It is heavy as it is cast silver with beautiful decoration.
      There is no mistaking its unique quality and design, which is sure to make it a treasured piece by any discerning collector. It weighs approximately 9 oz. Height 16cm & Diameter 7.5 cm
      This bell is in truly excellent condition and is sure to make an outstanding contribution to your collection.

      I include this bell as a curiosity, not a recommendation that it be purchased. Yes, it is sterling and properly marked, but to me has little appeal. The Gorham “Old Florentine” bore that inscription, was silver-plated, and made around the period 1880-1915. This appears to be an exact copy, made in 1930. I myself would prefer the Gorham, equally appealing, and much less expensive.

      I do not include a link as this is an item perpetually for sale at a hugely inflated price – £695 or $1134.

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    • #15140
      halanb
      Participant

      35a-1 Collectable Antique Brass Foot/Fire/Alarm/Door Bell
      You are bidding on a collectable antique brass bell.
      I’m not sure what it was used for possibly a fire, alarm, door or foot bell.
      The round bell section is approx 145mm (5.8in) diameter, back plate is approx 180mm (7.2in) in length, and height is approx 160mm (6.4in) at highest point, total length is approx 230mm (9.2in).
      It has what appears to be a wall or floor fixing plate and then a sort of knob which I presume was hit with either hand or foot to ring the bell. Very heavy weighs over 2 kg (4.5lb).

      This would often be known in this country as a Foot Gong,
      to be mounted under the floorboards of a vehicle and normally operated by the driver.
      (I might have placed a bid, but overseas shipping would cost more than the item itself.)

      http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=390331702459&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT

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      35a-2 ANTIQUE SILVER PLATE CALL BELL DINNER GONG COW HORN
      THIS IS A SUPERB ANTIQUE CALL BELL WITH STRIKER.
      IT IT MADE FROM OAK WITH SILVER PLATED MOUNTS AND COW HORN SUPPORTS.
      IT MEASURES 9.3/4″ X 5″ AND IT STANDS 7.1/2″ IN HEIGHT.
      IT IS IN GOOD CONDITION, GREAT ITEM.

      http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=220816392165&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT

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    • #15141
      halanb
      Participant

      35b-1 CLOCHE ETAIN ART NOUVEAU signée LEDRU SUSSE frères
      Cloche de Table ART NOUVEAU en ETAIN signée LEDRU Copyright by SUSSE Frères – Magnifique décor tout le tour, femmes nageant, poissons et Eole Dieu du vent – Manque le Battant – elle est à nettoyer, l’étain a des craquelures superficielles. Hauteur 13,5 cm – Diamètre 9,2 cm.

      PEWTER BELL, ART NOUVEAU, Signed LEDRU, SUSSE FRERES
      Table bell, Art Nouveau, in pewter, signed LEDRU, Copyright by Susse Freres.
      Beautiful decoration all around – women swimming, fish, and the God of Winds blows.
      Missing the clapper, needs cleaning, the pewter has superficial crazing/cracking.
      Height 13.5 cm (5.4 in), Diameter 9.2 cm (3.7 in).

      Created by Auguste Ledru (1860-1902), Art Nouveau sculptor. Cast by Susse Freres, one of the leading foundries in 19C France. They normally worked in bronze, though this bell is pewter. It is possible there was also a more expensive bronze version, with the pewter example a lower cost option.

      The seller mentions “superficial” cracking or crazing, but it looks more than that to me. Originally the pewter would have had a shiny surface, like silver. Over time, pewter with lead content will form a surface scale, much like rust on iron, and can chip or flake off. If mine, I would probably send it off for professional polishing by a firm that specializes in antique repair.

      http://cgi.ebay.fr/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItemnext&item=260820920431.html

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      35b-2 Lg 7″ Antique Figural Man Brass Bronze Hand Bell
      Offered for bids is a brass bell measuring 7 1/2” high. Bell is cast in the form of an man in 18thC or 19thC clothing holding what looks like a pineapple ? to his chest in his right hand & perhaps a flask or powder horn ? in his left. Condition is very good, with a rich unpolished patina. Not signed.

      In the case of American Brilliant Period cut glass bells, Al Trinidad wrote in Glass Bells, “By their handles you will know them.” In the case of early period (1907-1933) Pearson Page figural bells, “By their bases you will know them.”

      Springer (Collector’s Book of Bells) shows six bells with this base in plate 320. There is a seventh with the lady figure in picture 5 below, and there may be others. It was common for Pearson Page to swap figures on standard bases, some of which are shown in pictures 4 & 5. They were offered as plain brass, lacquered brass, and in a variety of chemical patina colors.

      These figural bells used to appear frequently, but this is the first I have seen for a while. They would sometimes sell for twice the current opening bid, though I think it is somewhat high these days and there were no takers.

      http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=380355983577&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT

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    • #15142
      halanb
      Participant

      36a-1 Old Russian Faberge silver in enamel Push Bell
      Old Russian Push Bell, silver in enamel on the lid inside stand old silver hallmark,
      master AH Faberge Designer, even with original power cords, good condition.
      There are slight traces of use and scratches enamel, in working condition and can be used as intended
      length c. 7cm, weight of silver c. 30g

      A Guilloché bell push with enameling. Guilloché is a technique of “engine turning” with a lathe, by which a very precise intricate repetitive pattern or design is mechanically engraved into an underlying material with fine detail. Enamel was often then applied to decorative items.

      Unmarked, this item might sell in the $100 – $200 range. With the inferred magic of the Faberge name,…

      http://cgi.ebay.com/old-Russian-Faberge-silver-enamel-Push-Bell-/320733753866?pt=Antiques_Silver&hash=item4aad38b20a

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      36a-2 Antique Vienna Bronze by Franz Bergman modeled as bell

      This is the depiction of an antique Vienna Bronze by Franz Bergman modeled as a table bell in the shape of a baby´s head. The Bronze is very fine and detailed crafted and is signed by Franz Bergman on the back side. The bell push is on the head of the baby. The item is in perfect condition and dated at the 19th century.

      The Bergman foundry, established in the 1880s by Franz Bergman (1830-1894) was very well known for its beautiful figures. Most Bergmans are either signed with a “B” placed within a double handled urn or the word namgreb which is Bergman spelled backwards.

      Length: 3,1″(8cm) Width: 3,1″(8cm)

      Franz Bergman and Fritz Bermann were the two best known makers of Vienna Bronze items, beginning around 1880. The bottom of the piece has the Bergman double-handled urn mark.

      http://cgi.ebay.com/Antique-Vienna-Bronze-Franz-Bergman-modeled-bell-/390250714481?pt=Antiques_Decorative_Arts&hash=item5adcc15571

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      36a-3 EX RARE VIENNA BRONZE NOUVEAU SPIDER BELL PUSH RINGER
      For your consideration is this wonderful Austrian Vienna polychromed bronze servant bell electric ringer from the early 1900’s. It has a bone pusher. It is not marked, but looks to be Vienna type in the Hagenauer line.
      Has great quality and detail. This beauty is in excellent condition with no dents, scratches, chips, fleabites, hairlines or cracks. Size: Width: 4 cm Length: 6.5 cm

      How would you like this hanging in the corner of your room? At least one person decided s/he would.

      Note: This seller has several bell pushes listed and attributes them all to the “Hagenauer” line. They could have been done by Carl Hagenauer (1872 – 1928). Better known are his sons Karl born in 1898 and Franz in 1906. The sons worked in Art Deco in the 1930s, while bell pushes were most popular during the Art Nouveau period in the 1890s. There are some Art Deco Hagenauer table bells – hard to find, expensive, and highly desirable. An example of one is shown in the third photo.

      http://cgi.ebay.com/EX-RARE-VIENNA-BRONZE-NOUVEAU-SPIDER-BELL-PUSH-RINGER-/330589018306?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4cf8a418c2

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    • #15143
      halanb
      Participant

      36b-1 LARGE VINTAGE BRASS BELL WITH REAL LEATHER STRAP
      LARGE VINTAGE BRASS BELL WITH REAL LEATHER HANDLE SRAP AND ALL ORIGINAL DETAILS
      22.5CM TALL BELL DIAMETER 10.3CM

      It is unusual to find a musical handbell, in what appears to be good condition, that is not part of a set. From the clapper retard pads and the large rivet in the leather handle, it looks as if it may be a Whitechapel bell, probably around F5. Those bells can be purchased individually, at a cost new in the $400 – $450 range. Used ones, even well worn and with missing pieces, often sell for over $100 as many collectors like to have one as an example.

      Most table bells in this size would have a bronze alloy in the range of 95% copper and 5% tin, which makes them very durable. Musical handbells are cast with an alloy more like large church bells, around 80% copper and 20% tin. This gives them a more precise tone and allows tuning, but also makes these thin wall bells very brittle. Drop one on a hard surface and it may shatter.

      http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=280714190163&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT

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      36b-2 PRAYER WHEEL,TIBETAN
      Here’s a very unique piece, a prayer wheel, you won’t find these every day.

      A prayer wheel, or Mani wheel, is a cylindrical container on a spindle handle. Traditionally, the mantra Om Mani Padme Hum is written in Sanskrit on the outside of the wheel, and printed copies of the mantra are wound round the spindle inside the container. Also sometimes depicted are Dakinis, Protectors and very often the eight auspicious symbols Ashtamangala. According to the Tibetan Buddhist tradition based on the lineage texts regarding prayer wheels, spinning such a wheel, always clockwise when viewed from the top, will have much the same meritorious effect as orally reciting the prayers.

      The seller is correct in that you won’t often find a prayer wheel like this (brass, bone, horn, decorative stones) every day at such an attractive price. However, you can easily find many for sale by searching eBay. Most are offered from China, all rather dubiously claiming to be “antique”, and offered for tens, hundreds, or even thousands of dollars. A few may be worth it, and some do sell at the ABA convention auctions for several hundred dollars, but those are ones that can be examined in person. If you want one and are buying it from pictures on the Internet, my advice would be to find one that is pleasing to you and costs no more than $50.

      http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=270785743875&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT

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      36b-3 DECORATIVE, BRONZE / BRASS HAND BELL, TABLE BELL, C1900
      A SUPERB, CAST BRASS OR BRONZE, TABLE HAND BELL, WITH FINE DECORATION, MEASURING 4 3/8″ HIGH, AND IN VERY GOOD CONDITION, WITH A CRISP RING, SOME MINOR AGE RELATED WEAR, NO SERIOUS DAMAGE, AND NO REPAIRS.

      This is a copy of the Tsar Bell (Tsar Kolokol) from the Kremlin, by one measure the largest bell ever made (20 ft high, 200 tons), though damaged in a fire before it could be installed. The bell was cast in 1735, and copies have been made since around 1850. The early ones were very precise models and highly desirable. This looks to be a somewhat inferior later copy and, in my opinion, not worth the sale price.

      http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=270785490225&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT

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    • #15144
      halanb
      Participant

      36c Examples of bells we have seen previously, for comparison purposes.

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      Carl Wagner Bronze Elk Stag Bell Original Sculpture
      Artist Carl Wagner ‘Granite Factory Originals’ Cast Bronze Elk, Stag, or Deer Bell Figurine or Sculpture.
      This is a limited edition Granite Factory Originals, Carl Wagner. Signed WAPITI on the top of the outside rim of the bell and C. Wagner 77 inside the bell’s base. 219 of 1000. Made of silicon bronze ( 95% copper, 4% silicone & 1% manganese ). Leg and hoof clapper. 5 1/2″ H.

      There were some unauthorized reproductions (fakes) made of this particular bell, though they are not signed. Carl Wagner signed and numbered the wax figure for all of his bells, though sometimes he neglected to add the name of the particular bell.

      http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=170670935315&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT

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      FABULOUS BRONZE DOG DESK BELL – WORKING
      A fabulous bronze desk bell in the form of a dog beautifully detailed with glass eyes. When the dog’s ears are depressed his mouth opens and the bell rings. This superb collectable bronze is in good working order and has a diameter of 12cm weighing 970g.

      http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=220818690806&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT

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      Sterling bell, Georg Jensen, Denmark, Parallel pattern.
      This is quite a rare pattern, also known as Relief.
      It was designed in 1931 by Oscar Gundlach-Pedersen, although this bell was made post-1945.
      In very good condition.
      Fully marked along the outside. Dimensions: 3″ tall, 1.75″ diameter. Weight: 85 gms.

      http://cgi.ebay.com/Sterling-bell-Georg-Jensen-Denmark-Parallel-pattern-/330592021324?pt=Antiques_Silver&hash=item4cf8d1eb4c

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    • #15145
      halanb
      Participant

      Rare Silver Bell Pin Cushion Birm – Levi & Salaman 1909
      A solid silver pin cushion in the form of a bell. Fully hallmarked for this renowned silversmith and complete with registration number this scarce item is perfect for the collector.
      Assay: Birmingham – Date: 1909 – Engraving: None – Maker: Levi & Salaman
      Weight: 16 grams – Measurements: Height 54mm (2.1in) x Base Diameter 44mm (1.7in)
      Condition: Some dings and scratches consistent with age. No other damages. Strong hallmarks. superb

      Not itself a bell, but a bell-shaped or bell-related item. Sterling silver with hallmarks.

      http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=160628540228&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT

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      We have seen the silver hallmarks in the left photo previously. The Maker’s Mark (initials in a cartouche), an Anchor denoting Birmingham as the place of manufacture, the Lion Passant denoting sterling silver, and a Date Mark for the year of manufacture. The seller interprets these as:
      Levi & Salaman – Birmingham – Sterling silver – 1909

      There is another mark we have not seen previously – a British registration mark. One Internet source for interpreting these registration marks may be found here:
      http://www.phoenixmasonry.org/masonicmuseum/Dating_English_Registry_Marks.htm
      By following this link you can see that the item was registered at the Patent Office in London (similar to a USA Patent Number, but used for Designs, Trade Marks, Copyrights and Patents) sometime in 1907.

      An Internet source for interpreting the silver marks may be found here:
      http://www.silvercollection.it/englishsilverhallmarks.html
      Scrolling down the page you will see a section headed “LONDON SILVER DATE MARKS” with six columns of years and the corresponding style of letter and cartouche used for that year. Scrolling down even further you will see that the letter “k” was used in 1905. Whoops! The registration number said it was registered in 1907, the seller said it was made in 1909, so whazzup with that?

      Aha! The table heading did say LONDON. Could Birmingham be different? Just below the London table is a section headed “OTHER TOWNS.” Click on Birmingham and a new page will open, pertaining only to Birmingham, and it does show that “k” was used there for 1909. Why the difference? I have no idea.

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    • #15146
      halanb
      Participant

      Part 38 – More Carl Wagner bells. On two of his bells, the Bighorn Sheep and the Longhorn Cow, he sold out of the planned first edition and made more of the same bell in a second edition.
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      38a – 1979 Carl Wagner Bronze Ram Bell Original Sculpture
      Up for auction is this limited edition of a signed & numbered bell by Carl Wagner. This inside is marked, “79′ Carl Wagner 391/2500”. The outside is marked, “Rocky Mtn. Bighorn”. This sculpture is carved in wax then a rubber mold is made, hot wax is poured & a shell is made. Molten Brozes is then poured in the shell, sand blasted, finished and polished. This art piece is made of Silicon bronze (95% copper 4% silicon 1% manganese). It is detailed with a hoof clapper, 3D effect of the ram on the side. This is used, but in great condition with no wear from normal use. This is a wonderful collectible. Approx 4 1/2″ diameter X 5 3/4″ tall.

      The first edition had a maximum size of 1000 and was marked Mountain Bighorn on the side of the bell. The second edition had a maximum size of 2500 and was marked Rocky Mountain Bighorn on the side of the bell. Other than the inscription, there are essentially no differences between the two. This is one from the second edition.

      http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=250865877677&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT

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      38b – Vintage Carl Wagner Bronze Steerhead Bell
      Offered for sale is this limited edition bronze bell by artist Carl Wagner. This was limited to 500 pieces. It is 5.25″ tall and has a horn span of 9.25″. Notice the clapper in the shape of a steer hoof.

      38c – VINTAGE CARL WAGNER BRONZE STEERHEAD BELL
      VINTAGE CARL WAGNER BRONZE STEERHEAD BELL
      A NICE COWBELL COLLECTIBLE, NUMBER 194 OF 2500.
      IT HAS A HORN SPAN OF 9″ AND 4 1/2″ ACROSS THE BOTTOM
      IT HAS A STEER LEG FOR A CLAPPER

      38b is the first edition, and reads Series of 500 on the interior, as shown in the picture.

      38c is the second edition, and unually reads Texas Longhorn on the interior. I cannot see from the picture provided by the seller if the bell is so marked. Sometimes Carl Wagner forgot to add the additional description to the interior, though all the bells are signed and have the casting number.

      The major differences between the two bells are the style of the loop handle and the location of the tag. The first edition, 38b, has a twisted loop handle and the tag in the cow’s right ear. The second edition, 38c, has a plain loop handle and the tag in the cow’s left ear.

      38b – http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=310335868269&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT

      38c – http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=220822739221&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT

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    • #15147
      halanb
      Participant

      39a – TISCHGLOCKE – BIEDERMEIER – HOLLAND – WACKLER – MESSING – UM 1800
      Sie bieten auf eine sehr schöne Glocke!!!
      BIEDERMEIER, “HOLLAND”, “TISCHGLOCKE-HANDGLOCKE”, FIGURLICH SOGENANTER WACKLER
      “HOLLÄNDISCHE TRINKFESTER HERR SITZTEND AUF EINEM TISCH”
      SIGNIERT: DONNARD DU LION? “MESSING” SCHWERE AUSFÜHRUNG
      Kopf ist mit dem Klöppel verbunden, beim Kopfwackeln bewegt sich der Klöppel.
      Mit original Klöppel! wohl um 1800
      Maße: Hoch: 11,5 cm Durchmesser unten: 6,5 cm Gewicht: ca. 450 Gramm

      Table bell – Biedermeier (style) – Holland – Brass – c. 1800
      You are bidding on a beautiful bell!
      BIEDERMEIER, “HOLLAND”, “TABLE BELL- Hand BELL”
      DUTCH GENTLEMAN DRINKING ON AN UPTURNED TABLE”
      SIGNED: Donnard LION? “BRASS” HEAVY
      Head is connected to the clapper, the head wobble moves the clapper.
      With original clapper! probably around 1800
      Dimensions: Height: 11.5 cm (4.6 in) – Bottom diameter: 6.5 cm (2.6 in) – Weight: 450 grams (16 oz)

      This is one of the old nodders that every serious metal table bell collector should have in the collection. Often described as a Scot (possibly based on the hat and whiskers), hawking a brand of pomade (greasy hair dressing), with a drum at his feet to attract the attention of a crowd. Seller says brass and from Holland, but possibly bronze and from France.

      This was a 30-day listing and near the end of that period. Buy-it-now price of 430 euros or Make Offer. Someone made an offer, got a nice discount.

      http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=330588633197&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT

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      39b – Antique old bronze hotel Bell
      I offer for sale this very rare bell, maybe a hotel table bell which is approx 19.5 cm (8 ins) high and can be seen illustrated on the frontispiece of two specialist collector publications by L.Elsinore Springer and Dorothy Malone Anthony. I know from these books that it is an Indian Princess Bell inspired by a love story written by the French author Chateaubriand. The story was published in 1801 after he had travelled in North America. Atala, the daughter of an Indian chief, fell in love with Choctas, her fathers prisoner and the chief of another tribe. She freed him and they fled. However Atala recalled a promise to her mother that she would not marry so she took her own life.
      In typical Indian pose Atala should hold two beaters so that when the upper one is tripped the lower one raises then falls to ring the bell. Unfortunately on this example the upper beater is missing but with slight adjustment the bell can still be tripped & functions correctly by hand as can be seen in the youtube video Atala bell . The bell is very old in heavy bronze (1507 gm), with some markings, Paris ( ?) & something more and I know from one antique dealer that it is very rare so it will only be shipped “to be signed for”.

      Yes, this bell is highly-sought and always sells for a high price. Yet, lost in all the “noise” are two important considerations: the upper beater is missing and needs slight adjustment. The latter is seller-talk for, “I don’t know what is wrong, have no clue how to repair it, can’t be bothered to try, maybe it can’t be repaired, but of course you could easily do it yourself.” Good luck! With a substantial discount, fine, but it escapes me why anyone would pay a premium price for a defective item.

      http://cgi.ebay.com/Antique-old-bronze-hotel-Bell-/170675585175?pt=Antiques_Decorative_Arts&hash=item27bd0ec097

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      39c – RARE Mexican Sterling Dinner Bell WILLIAM SPRATLING
      Description : Dinner / Table Bell – weighs 7.24 troy ozs.
      Maker : William Spratling.
      Pattern : Dinner Bell with three rattles and a handle of twisted open worked stems. The top of handle has a ball finial. Above each rattle is an applied figural bee.
      Marked : with the older Spratling mark WS (hard to read because part of the mark is covered up where the one rattle is attached) See Photo, It is also marked with the eagle mark (See Photo).
      Measurements : 4 5/8″ in height and measures 2 7/8″ in width.
      Monograms: none.
      Condition : Great Estate Condition – there is a tiny ding on the top of handle – very minor and just pointed out for accuracy.

      Spratling silver is eagerly sought and sells for high prices. William Spratling made silver items in Taxco in the period 1930-1945, a substantial enterprise with over 100 employees. However, the company was bankrupt and dissolved at the end of that period. The designs were later sold and continued under a similar name. Seller implies this was from the first period and may be correct, but I don’t know enough about the marks to date it.

      http://cgi.ebay.com/RARE-Mexican-Sterling-Dinner-Bell-WILLIAM-SPRATLING-/350478929467?pt=Antiques_Silver&hash=item519a2c0e3b

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    • #15098
      halanb
      Participant

      40a – +++ Tischklingel Bronze alt +++
      Eiserne Jungfrau aus Bronze als Tischglocke.
      Ob die Glocke vor oder nach 1945 ist weis ich nicht.
      Die Klingel ist ca 9,5 cm hoch und wiegt ca. 200 gr.
      Schönes und seltene Tischglocke, viel Spaß beim bieten.

      Old Bronze Tablebell
      Iron maiden as a bronze bell.
      I do not know whether the bell dates from before or after 1945.
      The bell is about 9.5 cm tall and weighs about 200 gr.
      Beautiful and rare dinner bell, offers a lot of fun.

      We have seen this bell previously in Part 24b-1 – the so-called Iron Maiden of Nuremberg.

      On that occasion, it sold for $520 and the winning bidder had placed two “insurance” bids for even higher amounts in an effort to insure that s/he was the high bidder. Now – Another time, Another place. A German seller who does not advertise on US or UK eBay and refuses to accept PayPal, thus eliminating many potential bidders.

      http://cgi.ebay.de/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItemnext&item=290597786609.html

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      40b – HEAVY CAST VINTAGE BRASS LADY BELL OF A MONK
      HEAVY CAST VINTAGE BRASS LADY BELL OF A MONK
      Height approx 13 cms (5.2 in), Weight 856 grams (almost 2 lbs).
      He has a bunch of keys attached to his belt and is holding what looks to be a bottle in each hand.

      This is one of the early Pearson Page bells from Birmingham, England, c. 1920. It is sand-cast brass, the details are never very good, but this is about the best that can be found. There are many copies of this bell, and each copy is slightly smaller that the predecessor and the details less distinct. Note the topknot on the cap in pic 4. This is generally washed out on the copies.

      http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=320740026876&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT

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      40c – ANTIQUE VICTORIAN BRONZE FISHMONGER FISH SHOP LADY BELL
      A SUPERB BRONZE LADY BELL FROM A 19th C VICTORIAN LONDON FISHMONGER / FISH SHOP
      5 1/4″ HIGH x 2 1/2″ DIAMETER
      LADY IS DRESSED IN TRADITIONAL MARKET COSTUME
      SHE IS HOLDING A DISH / BASKET FULL OF FISH
      SUPERIOR QUALITY CASTING, ABSOLUTELY AUTHENTIC
      THICK HEAVY BRONZE WEIGHS OVER 600 gms (22 oz), REPLACEMENT CLAPPER.

      Another of the early Pearson Page bells, again sand-cast brass, and again about as good as you will find for this particular item. Note the narrow blank space up the sleeve and across the shoulder in pic 4. This is the “parting line” where the upper and lower sand casting mold boxes are joined. There is always a loss of detail in this area, and often there will be no detail at all on the sleeve. This is about the best that I have seen.

      http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=250868234013&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT

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    • #15148
      halanb
      Participant

      41a – RARE ANTIQUE 18th C. ORNATE FRENCH BRASS DESK BELL
      SUPERB ANTIQUE FRENCH BRASS DESK BELL, 18th CENTURY
      A truly lovely ornate French bell, 4 1/2″ high x 3″ diameter.
      This superior antique bell is authentic, very ornate and in very good condition.
      It has fine detail & original large brass clapper.
      A beautiful sweet ring tone.

      Much more likely to be 19th Century, but a good honest desk bell, as can be seen from the care taken to finish the interior and supply a good quality clapper. There are hundreds of these figural bells for sale at any given time, so why not pick a decent one at an inexpensive price? The green material in the crevices is most likely dried polish, which can be removed without much trouble.

      http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=250868888036&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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      41b – VINTAGE ARP BELL STAMPED JB39
      THIS BELL IS IN VERY GOOD CONDITION. IT IS THE ORIGINAL BELL FROM THE PERIOD.
      IT MEASURES JUST OVER 10″ HIGH.

      This is an ARP (Air Raid Precaution) bell made for use by British Air Raid Wardens in WW2. They were made to common specifications by a number of manufacturers. Some of the bells identify the maker and year of manufacture, others do not.

      This bell is marked JB / 39. James Barwell, Bellfounder, Fiddian Foundry, Great Hampton St, Birmingham, handbells to church bells from 1842-1971. James Barwell had acquired Fiddian’s firm of ‘Steam and Water’ in 1842 and retained the trade name. JB is frequently found on the bell shoulder. Fiddian is sometimes stamped on the brass collar at the base of the wooden handle, but the seller does not mention nor the picture show if this one is so marked.

      (You might also encounter an ARP bell marked G&J. Gillett & Johnston (Croydon, Sussex, UK) has been manufacturing, installing and servicing clocks of all types, for clients around the world, since 1844. They are still in business though they no longer make bells. They manufacture, restore, and/or service dials, bells, carillons, weathervanes & coats of arms. Perhaps the firm’s most prestigious installation was for the Laura Spelman Rockefeller memorial carillon at the Riverside Church in New York City. The carillon has the largest note span of any carillon, and the largest tuned bell in the world. The Low C bourdon of that carillon weighs 20 tons.)

      http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=300587403931&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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      41c – Old WW1 trench art brass hand bell + clapper
      For your consideration I have a vintage brass “trench art” hand bell which I think dates to 1917.
      It does come with a clapper so is readily usable though I don’t think it is tuned to any key/note.

      Trench Art is the name given to items supposedly made by soldiers in the trenches of WW1 or in POW camps. You can find a large variety of such items by searching eBay. Some of the simpler examples may have been made under such conditions. However, many of them appear to have required tools that would only have been available in commercial enterprises, and were probably made for sale to the soldiers as souvenirs. Many of the items use expended brass cartridges or artillery shells as the base material.

      The 1st picture shows the bell currently offered for sale. The size is not given, but the bell may be from a 105mm artillery shell. The 2nd picture is one that was previously sent to the ABA website for identification. It appears smaller and may have used a 75mm shell. The 3rd picture shows a hand-carved wooden letter opener that indeed may have been made by a soldier. The last two pictures show vases that would require a hydraulic press and possibly metal dies.

      http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=180707480516&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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    • #15149
      halanb
      Participant

      42a – Antique Brass & Shell Mechanical Tortoise Table Bell
      A fine antique Victorian enamel painted solid Brass & shell mechanical table, hotel desk or shop counter bell in the form of a Tortoise, the mechanical bell housed under the carapace with key winder to the underside base; when the head of the Tortoise is depressed the bell rings & works very well. (c.1900)

      Another mechanical turtle bell, with celluloid shell, possibly German,
      and earlier than the Spanish ones in (Part 20).

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/390337440200?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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      42b – ANTIQUE Dutch Girl & Goose 5 1/2″ Brass Lady Bell
      BRASS LADY BELL
      MAKER ~ Unknown
      CONDITION ~ showing a good amount of patina from over the years
      SIZE ~ 5 1/2″ tall, WEIGHT ~ 2 lbs., MARKED ~ None

      A relative large and heavy lady figurine bell, with the reddish patina that many collectors favor.
      Unfortunately, there are remnants of dried polish or investment material,
      but hopefully that could be cleaned without destroying the patina.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/270799776644?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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      42c – 19thC Antique India Woman, Bronze Foot Scrubber Bell
      Antique Indian Bronze Foot Scrubbers were used by women to rub off callouses from their feet. These scrubbers usually have a crotal bell in the bottom. I was told this was so men, who might come come upon a women scrubbing her feet is warned not to enter the room. To have a man observe a women doing this is considered embarrassing. … At the top of this 19th century Bronze Scrubber is a 2” long by 1 ½” tall figural bull handle. This bull is standing on top of a 2 3/4“ long by 1 1/8“ tall reticulated base with three small stone balls inside. The overall height of this 19th century Foot Scrubber is 3” and it has acquired an old worn patina from years of use.

      This looks to be a good quality casting, but I have no reliable way of dating these bells. To a seller, “older is better” as it may fetch a higher price. You must judge for yourself, watch the market to compare with others and determine what it is worth to you.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/380361138211?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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    • #15150
      halanb
      Participant

      43a – LOVELY VINTAGE LARGE LADY BELL EDITH CAVELL 7.5 inches
      This is a really nice old large brass lady bell in the form of an historical nursing figure EDITH CAVELL.
      It stands approx. 7.5 inches in height and is 2.6 inches across the base.The bell is marked on the base as can be seen REMEMBER EDITH CAVELL. This is a large heavy brass bell [ weighing almost 1.1 kg ]. It probably dates to about 1915 – 1930 and is in pretty good condition [ no clapper ] and is nicely cast.

      Edith Cavell was a British nurse, arrested in 1915 for helping allied soldiers escape from German-occupied Belgium, convicted of treason, and executed by a firing squad. She became an immediate propaganda figure and received worldwide press coverage. Many commemorative items were produced and sold, and this bell was most likely one of them. The bell is well-known, but now infrequently encountered.

      Her story is somewhat complex, and the Wikipedia article gives an overview.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/370534128266?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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      43b – ANTIQUE DATED 1669 BRONZE RARE F.HEMONY DUTCH BELL
      antique bronze bell, dutch dated 1669, franz hemony
      words to the rim read f.hemony-me-fecit-anno-1669
      gauntlet handle, original clapper, deep natural patina, in good condition
      6 inches high 0.7kg

      This is the so-called Mailed Fist Hemony bell. More information about these bells can be found by using the search box at the upper right of these pages.

      The handle detail is well above average, but otherwise it seems to me a fairly standard example,
      and I myself would not have paid the hammer price.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/170680881865?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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      43c – ANCIENNE CLOCHE DE TABLE/SERVICE ARTICULE EN BRONZE
      Ancienne cloche de table ou de service en bronze a tête articulée,représentant une femme dansant en jouant du tambourin,hauteur 12 cm,diamètre de la base 5,5 cm,la tête remue en même temps que le marteau,tres bon état,patine bronze ancien,sort du grenier,nettoyage a parfaire.

      OLD TABLE/SERVICE BELL, BRONZE ITEM
      Old bronze table/service bell with an articulated head, representing a woman dancing while playing the tambourine, height 12 cm, base diameter 5.5 cm, the head moves along with the hammer, very good condition, patina bronze. Antique, out of the attic, needs a complete cleaning.

      Another of the Oriental nodders that we have seen previously, and the last picture shows that apparently it is properly rigged. There is also a male version with tambourine. It could be that the bell was painted and the rather nasty gunk on the surface is old primer with the metal peeking through in places. Whatever it is, the seller is correct that it needs a good cleaning.

      (I usually do not like to clean bronze, other than washing, but in this case if it were mine I would try paint remover, steel wool, a wire brush, or whatever it takes to get down to base metal. Such treatment would, of course, destroy any patina but there is really no patina here to be saved. Once cleaned, it could be left as plain metal, sprayed with lacquer to prevent oxidation, repainted, or treated with a chemical patina.)

      The somewhat nasty appearance seems to have held the sale price down.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/220832131342?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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    • #15151
      halanb
      Participant

      Back from vacation, and back to “work.”
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      44a – Rare Mechanical Hotel Service Strike Figural Bell
      You don’t see a lot of figural mechanical bells like this one come up often. It operates much different than your standard bells. To operate this , you push down on the birds tail and when you let go, it snaps back and strikes the bell.It has a nice ring. Made from either bronze or brass and sits on a dark marble stand. There are no cracks or damage to the bell and it works fine every time. Other than some scratches to the marble, it is in great condition. The size is aprox. 6 ” tall x 6 ” long x 4 ” wide.

      http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=260845435950

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      44b – Antique Bronze German / Austrian 1886 University Bell
      Late 19th Century made bell that must have been made in celebration of a German University.
      Bell base says the following around bottom of it:
      AN DAS 500 JAEHR UNIVERSITATS – JUBILAEUM 1886 ZUR ERINNERUNG
      Top of Bell says 1386 and the name Ruprecht T above scupted face on one side and 1886 with name Freidrich Baden above sculpted face on other side.
      This one is most likely a one of a kind item that is very special,
      made with heavy bronze weighing over 1 pound, 2 ounces!

      Beautiful bell with exquisite detail, but hardly “one of a kind” as the seller claims.
      It was made to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Heidelberg University,
      and hundreds or thousands were sold or given away to mark that event.

      http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=140592799231

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      44c – ANTIQUE SILVER BELL FIGURAL WOMEN LARGE MARKED 800
      UNUSUAL ANTIQUE BELL
      800 SILVER MARKED
      FIGURAL LADY PUSH DOWN AND SHE RINGS
      4.5″
      HOLDING WREATH AND FLOWERS

      Very unusual tap bell, in that the entire figurine is the “tap.”

      http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=190569574155

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    • #15152
      halanb
      Participant

      45a – VINTAGE ELECTRIC BERMUDA BELL….LOUD DING SOUND/RARE!

      Seller provides no description other than the title, but most readers will be familiar with the so-called “Bermuda” bells. The standard version is shown in Pic 1, and often sells in the $75 – $175 range. Originally made from about 1890 onwards and first intended to be mounted under the floor boards of a carriage, they later became popular with hot rods and continued to be made until the 1950s. The standard version in Pic 1 is activated by a foot-operated pushrod. Each bell has a different tone. One is struck on the downstroke, and the other on the spring-return upstroke, for a ding-dong sound.

      There was also an electrified version made in the 1950s. Pic 2 shows such a bell with electrical wires instead of a plunger. Pic 3 shows how it was operated, with a momentary solenoid, that appears to strike both bells at the same time.

      http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/VINTAGE-ELECTRIC-BERMUDA-BELL-LOUD-DING-SOUND-RARE-/190569574172?pt=Vintage_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&hash=item2c5ed4ef1c

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      45b – RARE ANTIQUE BRONZE BELL w/ LG. WINGED GRIFFIN NR
      Here is a wonderful Victorian period (late 1800s) bronze Table Bell with large detailed winged griffin on top, bell is 7 5/8 in. high x 5 ¾ in. wide, all solid bronze with old original patina, weighs 3 pounds 5 ounces, excellent condition, has very high quality long sounding ring when it’s rung, great antique bell. Not sure if it’s a large dining table or hotel bell but what ever it was used for it’s large & wonderful.

      I like this bell, but it looks to me like a marriage. The parts may date to the late 1800s, but I suspect the combination was done considerably later. The two screws detract from the composition.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/130570704884?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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      45c – Bizette Lindet; Lapin bronze argenté; clochette 1930

      Superbe clochette Art Déco signé BIZETTE (1906-1998), vers 1930/40,
      surmonté d’un lapin cubisant, rappelant les productions de Sandoz ou Lalique de cette période.
      Hauteur: 11 cm. Parfait état.

      Superb Art Deco table bell, signed BIZETTE (1906-1998), circa 1930-1940,
      topped with a rabbit eating, similar to the products of Sandoz and Lalique of this period.
      Height: 11 cm (4.5 in). Perfect condition.

      Bells from the Art Deco period are hard to find and always interesting. The sculptor was André Bizette-Lindet, and his name (Bizette) is inscribed on the base of the figure (Pic 3).

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/130569809494?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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    • #15093
      halanb
      Participant

      46a – ANCIENNE CLOCHETTE DE TABLE EN BRONZE TSAR RUSSE
      Je vends une ancienne cloche de table en bronze doré du 19eme siecle representant un tsar russe. Sujet tres rare. La cloche est en PARFAIT ETAT. Hauteur : 13 cm diametre : 6 cm

      ANTIQUE BRONZE TABLE BELL RUSSIAN TSAR
      I am selling an antique gilt bronze table bell from the 19th Century depicting a Russian Tsar. Subject very rare. The bell is in PERFECT CONDITION. Height 13 cm (5.2 in), diameter 6 cm (2.4 in)

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/150658552233?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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      46b – 19th C. German Iron Owl Desk / Door Bell
      This is an unusual late 19th century iron desk or door bell.
      In the form of an owls head, the bell rings when the beak is pressed. Marked DRGM 192197
      CONDITION In working order. Commensurate with age & use.
      The overall condition is as you would expect from an object of substantial age that has been displayed/handled/used. DIMENSIONS Diameter 13cm (5.2in)

      This is a simple tap bell, not the more elaborate form with a windup mechanisn, but still very hard to find.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/290605726353?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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      46c – PETER TERESZCZUK Antique Figural Bronze Table Bell
      This beautiful little cast bronze bell with bronze clacker depicts a Peasant costumed lady with a long ribboned bonnet, shawl and gown. The beautiful face appears to be inlaid carved bone or iv*ry. It is 4 inches tall, and is signed on the back of her skirt P TERESZCZUK FR.Dates from the late 19th Century or so. These bells by Tereszczuk are considered to be some of the finest bronze figural castings of the Art Nouveau era and are avidly collected.

      Another of the Peter Teresczuk ivory-faced lady bells, this one with the AR symbol showing it was cast by Artur Rubenstein (not the 20C pianist). Note that the seller states “iv*ry” to comply with the current ridiculous eBay Politically Correct notions.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/390344900195?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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    • #15102
      halanb
      Participant

      47a – CARL WAGNER MOUNTAIN BIG HORN BRONZE BELL 1977
      The first edition had a maximum size of 1000 and was marked Mountain Bighorn on the side of the bell. The second edition had a maximum size of 2500 and was marked Rocky Mountain Bighorn on the side of the bell. Other than the inscription, there are essentially no differences between the two. This is one from the first edition. It is 368 0f 1000. It is signed and dated .

      Another Mountain Bighorn like we saw in Part 38a. One of the unsuccessful medium range bidders in that auction waited and watched, another copy was listed for sale, and this time was successful in the desired price range.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/200650942264?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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      47b – Ancienne cloche brass cat bell, chat de collection
      Très jolie cloche pour votre collection.
      Le Chat
      Dimensions: hauteur 9 cm, base 5 cm X 4 cm, poids 185gr.

      Very pretty bell for your collection.
      The Cat
      Dimensions: height 9 cm (3.6 in), base 5 cm (2 in) x 4 cm (1.6 in), weight 185 gm (7 oz).

      Awww, isn’t she c-u-t-e??? Enough people must have thought so, as to attract 26 bids.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/280735000808?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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      47c – Rare Sonnette de Table en Argent Massif Minerve XIX °
      Superbe et Rare sonnette de table en Argent Massif Minerve
      Epoque XIX °siecle de Style louis XV . Magnifique travail de ciselure de la cloche “guirlande de fleurs”
      Hauteur 15,5cm , base 7,5×7,5 cm,diamétre de la courronne 10 cm
      Poids 366 grs BON ETAT

      Rare Table Bell in Solid Silver with 19C Minerva Mark
      Rare and beautiful bell table Sterling Silver Minerve
      Epoque nineteenth century style of Louis XV. Great job of chasing the bell “garland”
      Height 15.5 cm (6.4 in), base 7,5 x7,5 cm (3 x 3 in), diameter of the crown 10 cm (4 in).
      Weight 366 grs (13 oz) GOOD CONDITION

      Note that the actual brass bell that is rung is covered with an outer shell. The entire piece is in 95% silver, as shown by the Minerva Head marks. Depressing the central shaft cocks and fires the trigger mechanism so the clapper flies out to strike the bell once. The horizontal coil spring retracts the clapper, and the vertical coil spring returns the central shaft to its rest position.

      If you follow the link below, you will see that the bell is not offered for sale in the USA, even though the seller says s/he will ship to USA. This is because the seller does not offer to accept PayPal payment. However, if you are interested in bidding on the bell it never hurts to Ask a question to inquire if the seller will in fact take PayPal or can arrange other payment. Send the question first in English and then use Google Translate to send the same text in French.

      http://cgi.ebay.fr/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItemnext&item=350489404388.html

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    • #15130
      halanb
      Participant

      Original Schweizer Glocke von 1900. ” Rarität “
      Original alte Schweizer Glocke von 1900.
      Rundum beschriftet, mit:
      “Vom neuen Saeculo gesandt, bring Glück dir einig Schweizerland.”
      “Seid einig-einig-einig”,
      “Segen Deinem Haus Bedeute, Friede Bei Ihr Erstgeläute”.
      Randaufschrift: Fulgura Frango, Vivos Voco.
      Material glaube aus altem Eisen. Klöppel wurde erneuert.
      Höhe 13cm, Durchmesser 8,5cm.
      Eine wahre Rarität.

      Original Swiss bell from 1900. “Rare”
      Original old Swiss bell of 1900.
      Rotating inscriptions labeled with:
      “Sent by the new Saeculo (**), may it bring luck to one Switzerland.”
      “Be united-united-united”
      “Blessings upon your house, may it mean peace with your first peal.”
      Edge inscription Fulgura Frango, Vivos Voco.
      I think the material old is iron. Clapper was renewed.
      Height 13cm (5.2in), diameter 8.5 cm (3.4in).
      A true rarity.

      (**) Saeculo is a strange word, not normally used in German so a translation is unavailable, but I think it must be related to the Latin Saeculum, which in Romance languages evolved into Siecle (French), Secolo (Italian), etc. In that case it would mean Century.

      The full text around the rim should read “Vivos voco. Mortuos plango. Fulgura frango.” More on that later.

      The bell was intended as a memento of the coming century and wishes for peace and prosperity.

      An unusual feature is that the bell was cast with zinc in a three-part mold, with relatively high relief and excellent details. Zinc will reproduce a design even better than brass or bronze, though the tone is not nearly as good. One of the mold lines may be seen running vertically between the “19” and the “00” on the pictures of the German versions below. Great care was taken so it would not intersect and other details.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/280737453665?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

      The seller is correct in that this is a rare bell, at least in this particular version. Had I realized it at the time I would have attempted to purchase it. The more common version is the same base but configured for Germany, not Switzerland. The next two pictures show the reverse of the Swiss and German bells.

      There are a variety of handles used on the same bases. The next pictures show two of the German versions.
      Note that the second has partial gilt.

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      In reference to the inscriptions around the rim:
      “Vivos voco. Mortuos plango. Fulgura frango.”
      “I call the living. I mourn the dead. I repel lightning.”

      This is the motto of Friedrich Schiller’s poem “Song of the Bell”, which describes the complete construction of a church bell from planning, to casting, and then installing.

      The Wikipedia article (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Song_of_the_Bell) explains:

      The Song of the Bell (German: “Das Lied von der Glocke”) is a poem that the German poet Friedrich Schiller published in 1798. It is one of the most famous poems of German literature and with 430 lines also one of the longest. In it, Schiller combines a knowledgeable technical description of a bell founding with points of view and comments on human life, its possibilities and risks.

      As a small boy Schiller came in contact with the trade of bell founding because Georg Friderich Neubert, the son of the Ludwigsburg bell founder, was a classmate at his Latin school and the Schiller family lived only a few doors away from the casting house. It is also considered to be certain that Schiller visited the Neubert family again during his stay in Ludwigsburg 1793/94. More than ten years passed between the first basic idea for the poem and its completion. During this time Schiller closely observed the sequence of operations in a bell foundry. In the family of the Rudolstädt bell founder Johann Mayer it was related from generation to generation, “how Schiller repeatedly visited the casting works and interrogated the casting master, who was at first was not pleased about this disruption to the work, and how the pale scholar considerately took a seat at the wall in a high-backed chair in order not to disturb the work.”

      First reactions to the Song of the Bell were without exception positive. Its success was attributed to each person’s being able to find meaning in it. At a solemn meeting of the Royal Academy in Schiller Year 1859, Jacob Grimm praised “this incomparable poem, far superior to what other peoples can offer,” and declared it to be a national symbol of unity. But despite great enthusiasm for Schiller’s longest poem there was also considerable criticism. It was too emotional, too lofty, too garrulous; people criticized technical details, and over 100 parodies were written. Those of the 19th century were not critical of the original, which was greatly admired, but instead strived to make use of this very well known poem for their own ends. Many Bell parodies shifted the observations about the production process to the production of food and drinks like bread, beer and coffee.

      The next two pictures are of the cover and one on the illustrations from a published copy.

      There was a series of (six, I believe) postcards that showed various episodes that could
      be construed from the text of the poem describing construction of the bell – a type
      of reverse anthropomorphism. Four of them (Nos. 1-2-3-6) are shown below.

    • #15097
      halanb
      Participant

      49a – HAND RINGING BELL – ROBERT WELLS
      A GLORIOUS HAND RINGING BELL IN BRONZE , WITH BEAUTIFUL PETAL MARKINGS, AND R AND W. MADE BY ROBERT WELLS OF ALDBOURN, DATES 1760-1812, WITH A LEATHER STRAP.
      MEASURES 3 INCHES IN DIAMETER, NUMBER 8 STAMPED TO THE REAR. WEIGHS 337 GMS. A GOOD SOUND.

      Out of my usual area but I wanted one as an example, and purchased it after the “Ships to: Great Britain” problem was resolved. A beautiful bell, good sound, nice patina, no cracks in the metal, leather handle intact though dry and cracked. More on Robert Wells bells below.

      The following pictures are my own:

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/260848107437?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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      Wells Foundry – Aldbourne, England

      The Wells Foundry was established in 1755 by Robert I (b.1725), the only son of William Wells, a local blacksmith. Robert I ran the foundry until his death in 1781, at which time, he was working jointly with his son, Robert II (b.1756). Robert II was joined by his younger brother, James (b.1771), around 1790, and when he retired in 1798, he left James in charge. For some time, the business did very well under James, but circumstances changed, and in 1825 it went bankrupt and was sold to Thomas Mears II of the Whitechapel Foundry.

      Wells crotal bells are virtually identical to those produced by the Seller Foundry at York. It seems likely, therefore, as Butler suggests, that when Edward Seller II ceased trading and sold his equipment in 1761 and 1763, Robert Wells I acquired his patterns.

      The only initialled crotal bells currently attributed to this foundry are those marked ‘RW’, and these were probably produced even during the period when James was in sole charge.

      Seller Foundry – York, England

      The first record is of 1662, when William Seller is mentioned as having a foundry in Jubbergate. William was succeeded by his son, Edward I, who, on his death in 1724, left the foundry to his sons, Richard and Edward II. Richard only survived his father by a few months, and Edward II ran the foundry alone until his own son, John, joined him in 1733. The two men worked together until the late 1750s, when Edward II retired and it was decided to close the foundry.

      When the assets of the foundry were sold in 1761 and 1763, it is likely that Robert Wells of Aldbourne purchased the crotal bell patterns, as the products of the two foundries are virtually identical.

      Bells marked ‘ES’ are attributed to Edward Seller I or II, or possibly both.

      Butler suggests that Crotal bells marked ‘WS’ might be attributable to William Seller. If this is accepted, those marked ‘HW’ could be those of his foreman, as William’s church bells are marked with both sets of initials. Unfortunately the foreman’s name is unknown.

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      49b – Rare Antique Sterling Silver Liberty Bell Tea Ball Infuser & Stand EX! NR!
      A VERY HARD TO FIND ANTIQUE STERLING SILVER TEA BALL INFUSER FEATURING THE LIBERTY BELL..THIS FABULOUS STERLING SILVER TEA BALL COMES WITH ITS ORIGINAL STERLING SILVER STAND AND CHAIN..THIS SET WAS MADE BY THE WEBSTER SILVER COMPANY AND DATES TO THE EARLY 1900’S..THE BELL & STAND ARE IN EXCELLENT PRISTINE CONDITION!THEY LOOK AS IF THEY WERE NEVER USED..THERE ARE NO DENTS..BREAKS..CRACKS OR REPAIRS..THE BELL EVEN HAS THE FAMED ENGRAVED CRACK LINE ON THE BELL JUST LIKE THE ORIGINAL..THERE IS ENGRAVING ON THE BELL THAT READS – PROCLAIM LIBERTY THROUGHOUT ALL THE LAND AND UNTO ALL THE INHABITANTS THEREOF LEVITICUS XXV IO BY ORDER OF THE ASSEMBLY OF PENNS’Y,IN PHILA.1752..THE ITEM MEASURES 2 3/4 INCHES TALL TO THE TOP OF THE STAND AND IS 2 INCHES WIDE AND 2 INCHES FROM FRONT TO BACK..THE FIGURAL TEA BALL MEASURES 1 3/8 INCHES TALL AND IS 1 1/2 INCHES IN DIAMETER AT THE BOTTOM OF THE BELL..THE TEA BALL ALSO HAS ITS ORIGINAL STERLING CHAIN AND MEASURES 4 1/2 INCHES LONG..BOTH THE TEA BALL AND STAND ARE MARKED STERLING AND ARE HALLMARKED WITH THE WEBSTER ARROW GOING THROUGH THE W.

      A “companion piece”, not a bell, but of considerable interest to collectors in several crossover fields.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/160650791785?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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      49c – Rare encrier à pompe et sonnette d’hôtel en porcelaine de Bayeux, époque 19 ème
      Rare objet ancien double fonctions encrier à pompe et sonnette d’hôtel, réservoir en porcelaine de Bayeux avec son piètement à incorporer dans le meuble, encrier à pompe et au dessus sonnette en parfait état de fonctionnement, la cloche est décorée, cet objet rare est d’époque Napoléon III, l’ensemble est en excellent état, la porcelaine n’a aucune fèlure ni manque, cet objet est dans l’état, il a besoin d’être démonté et nettoyer, les parties en bronze sont salies,très belle pièce pour collectionneur averti, hauteur totale 17 cm, diamètre du fût en Bayeux 7 cm.

      Rare inkwell with pump and hotel bell, in porcelain from Bayeux, 19th Century.
      Rare antique object features a double inkwell pump and hotel bell, with a Bayeux porcelain tank and base. Included in the unit are the ink pump and the bell above in perfect working order. The bell is decorated. This rare item is from the Napoleon III period. The set is in excellent condition, no cracks in the porcelain or anything missing, this item is in the perfect condition. It needs to be disassembled and cleaned, the parts are dirty bronze. Very beautiful piece for a collector. Overall height 17 cm (6.8 in), diameter of 7 cm (2.8 in). Made in Bayeux.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/260852761500?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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    • #15153
      tas109
      Participant

      I am not what you would call a collector. I purchased the same 19th Century Devil/Demon Bell. I am curious on the history. Can anyone provide some background on this bell?

    • #15154
      Carolyn Whitlock
      Participant

      In response to your remark about what a bell collector is called, the most common term is Campanologist.

      Campanology (from Late Latin campana, “bell”; and Greek -λογία, -logia) is the study of bells. It encompasses the physical realities of bells — how they are cast, tuned and sounded — as well as the various methods devised to perform bell-ringing.
      It is common to collect together a set of tuned bells and treat the whole as one musical instrument. Such collections — such as a Flemish carillon, a Russian zvon, or an English “ring of bells” used for change ringing — have their own practices and challenges; and campanology is likewise the study of perfecting such instruments and composing and performing music for them.

      The next most common term is Tintinnabulist.

      tin·tin·nab·u·lum  [tin-ti-nab-yuh-luhm]
      –noun,plural-la [‐luh]
      a small, tinkling bell or a set of bells played in succession.

    • #15155
      Carolyn Whitlock
      Participant

      I agree with Alan that this is most likely an Oni bell. There is an article on Japanese Oni Bells at https://www.americanbell.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=586. The print is small but you can enlarge it by holding down your control key while pressing on the plus sign until it gets to a size that you can read. Also, if you use a search engine to look for Oni bells, you’ll find several places to further research the history of this bell.

      Carolyn

    • #15156
      halanb
      Participant

      50a – ANCIENNE ET ORIGINALE CLOCHE DE TABLE EN BRONZE POLYCHROME SONNETTE TABLE BELL
      La tête devait être polychrome mais l’usure du temps a enlevé les couleurs (il en reste encore un peu voir photo)
      Vous pouvez actionner la sonnette avec le doigt en bougeant la tête qui est mobile
      Bien sûr vous pouvez actionner normalement la cloche et la tête bouge toute seule
      Elle mesure 12,6cm de haut /5,5cm de diamètre
      La tête mesure 2,5cm de haut

      ANTIQUE ORIGINAL TABLE BELL IN BRONZE POLYCHROME
      The head should be full color, but the test of time has removed the colors (there is still a little in the picture)
      You can operate the bell with your finger while moving the head is moving, or you can normally operate the bell and the head moves alone.
      It measures 12.6 cm (5 in) in height / 5.5 cm (2.2 in) in diameter / The head measures 2.5 cm (1 in) high

      By now an old friend, another from this Asian series of nodders and figurine bells, male and female.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/120779917688?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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      50b – VICTORIAN ANTIQUE BRASS DOOR BELL BROWNS PATENT PORCELAIN BELL PUSH BRASS BELL
      Fantastic original door bell with printed porcelain push, solid brass “drum” & bell with a metal striker.
      Porcelain push is printed BROWN’S BELL PATENT
      Fantastic piece of design & a wonderfully simple single strike of the gong when pushed,
      producing a wonderful tone.
      Drum column ~ 1.1 inch thick/wide (3cm thick/wide)

      I have not seen one of these previously, but it seems to be a simple and foolproof adaptation of a tap bell. Normally on a tap bell, the bell is horizontal and the tap vertical. Pressing down on the tap causes the clapper to fly out and up, strike the bell, and return to its rest position by gravity.

      This doorbell rotates the mechanism 90 degrees. The bell is vertical and the tap horizontal. Pressing the tap causes the clapper to fly up and back, strike the bell, and return to its rest position by gravity. Note that photo 2 should more properly be rotated 180 degrees to show the usual geometry, with the rest position of the clapper in the horizontal plane.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/320760779535?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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      50c – Antique Austrian Bronze DOG Servant Bell Pusher Ringer
      This item is a early 1900’s servants bell push ringer. It has the bone push button and the inner works but no wiring. It has the little loop on the dog’s back……would make a very unusual necklace!!! Anyways, I did some research on this piece and it was probably Austrian made, hard to find and rare. This one is so nice and the dog is very detailed and measures about 3″ long.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/230675197952?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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    • #15157
      halanb
      Participant

      51a – Statue bronze de Tereszczuk sonnette électrique fillette au capuchon vers 1900
      Très élégante et rare Sonnette électrique en bronze du sculpteur Autrichien Peter Tereszczuk vers 1900
      Signée et annotée A.R
      Cette sonnette pendait à un fil qui passait dans le creux de chaque main et qui était reliée au bouton
      Peter Tereszczuk était Autrichien (1895 – 1925)
      Il a travaillé a Paris
      Cette sonnette est authentique — NO COPIE
      Hauteur avec bouton : 9,8 cm
      Largeur d’un bras à l’autre : 5,5 cm
      Très bon état.

      Bronze Tereszczuk electric bell push with a girl on top, c. 1900
      Very elegant and rare electric bell in bronze by sculptor Peter Tereszczuk Austrian circa 1900
      Signed and annotated A.R.
      This bell hung from a wire that passed in the palm of each hand and was connected to the button
      Peter Tereszczuk worked in Austria (1895 – 1925)
      This bell is authentic — NO COPY
      Height with button: 9.8 cm (3.8 in)
      Width of an arm to the other: 5.5 cm (2.2 in)
      Very good condition.

      One of Peter Tereszczuk’s daughters, frequent models for his figures.

      A seller who will ship worldwide, but who demands payment by bank transfer (difficult and expensive
      from the United States) and who refuses to yield a few percent to PayPal to enlarge his market.
      One the one hand, it depressed the sale price by 50% so where are his savings?
      On the other hand, someone in Europe got a great bargain.

      http://cgi.ebay.fr/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItemnext&item=330613847801.html

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      51b – Wiener Bronze Vienna Klingelknopf Tischklingel Hund
      Zauberhafte Wiener Bronze Tischklingel, kleiner Dackel beißt ein Kind in die Hose.
      Bronze, Original & sehr gepflegter Zustand. Gesamtlänge: 6 cm

      Vienna Vienna bronze desk bell push with a dog
      Enchanting Bronze Viennese table bell, a small dachshund bites a child in the pants.
      Bronze, original & very well maintained condition. Overall length: 6 cm (2.4 in)

      Not of the same quality as the one above, and not from a known sculptor or foundry, but an attractive item. The seller will accept PayPal and will ship worldwide, so s/he got maximum exposure.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/360395022730?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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      51c – Erotische Tischklingel, vermutlich Wien
      Sehr schöne Bronze Tischklingel, Akt mit Brustwarze als Knopf, vermutlich Wien, wunderschön und sehr ausgefallen. Guter Zustand – teilweise leicht berieben. Fotos geben die gute Qualität leider nicht wieder.

      Erotic table bell push, probably Vienna
      Very beautiful bronze table-style bell push, with the nipple as the button, probably from Vienna, very beautiful and very eccentric. Good condition – slightly worn. Unfortunately the photos do not give a true indication of the quality.

      http://cgi.ebay.de/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItemnext&item=160654011587.html

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    • #15158
      Glockensammler
      Participant

      Hi Alan,

      I would like to add two photos of similar bell pushes in my collection.
      One is also made of metal (bronze) and the second one of ivory.

      The 2nd one even bears the signature of what I believe is a French
      artist by the name of Theodore Riviere. I am not sure if he is also
      responsible for the metal made types.

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      Double click for a better view.

    • #15159
      halanb
      Participant

      52a – Circa 1890 Bear Wearing Collar w/ Bells TAP BELL France
      Manufactured by Cailar, Bayard & Cie. (1848-1934) in Paris, France. (I show a cover image of one of the company’s catalogs circa 1900, below). The bell is in working condition, but doesn’t sound good. Instead of a nice bright ring, it sounds more like the clackety-clack of something stuck in the spokes of a bicycle wheel. I have opened up the bell and the spring driven insides seem to be working fine with no missing parts, so I’m not sure why the ring isn’t more melodious. The tap bell measures 6.75″ high and weighs two pounds one ounce. I believe the bear is silver plated. There are signs of wear on the bell, where a copper color shows through in areas.

      A good, honest description of the item with a problem noted.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/120758661423?ru=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%3A80%2Fsch%2Fi.html%3F_from%3DR40%26_trksid%3Dp3984.m570.l1313%26_nkw%3D120758661423%26_sacat%3DSee-All-Categories%26_fvi%3D1&_rdc=1

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      52b – Roycroft Bell ARTS & CRAFTS metal hand hammered…..RARE PIECE!
      This bell by Roycroft I believe is copper with a brass patina.Magnet does not stick. Marked with the middle period Roycroft stamp in the tab handle. The clapper and chain are original with no damage or repairs. Measures 2 3/4″ high, 1 3/4″ in diameter.

      As far as I know, this was the only bell made by Roycroft, in the American Arts & Crafts era. They are said to be hammered copper, then finished with either a “brass wash”, a “silver wash” or a dark brown patina.

      Price is fairly standard and in the normal range.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/260859681335?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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      52c – Benin or Yoruba Brass or Bronze Bell Africa NIGERIA african ritual musical great
      OLD Benin or Yoruba bell from Nigeria. Brass or bronze. 6.5 inches high. Excellect casting, excellent quality. Pure, clean sound.

      See Al Loeffler’s article in the May-June 2011 Bell Tower. This is the type known as a Quad Face bell.

      This was one very determined bidder. If you check the Bid History, you will see that this person placed 11 of the total 14 bids. After getting in the lead near the end of the auction, s/he kept thinking and rethinking a max amount, and placed an additional 5 “insurance” bids at successively higher levels.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/270822905538?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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    • #15160
      halanb
      Participant

      53a – CLOCHE DE TABLE ANTIQUE COURONNE ROYALE EN BRONZE
      Note: I am unable to copy the description because of the way that it is stored.

      However, this bell is similar to the “Flint Glass” bells, in that the handle is similar to the ones found on that type.
      It does not have the square glass base, but probably dates from the same period, c. 1900.

      Some good friends, longtime bell collectors, have told me that the handle is the symbol of Mary of Guise, queen consort to James V of Scotland, and mother of Mary Queen of Scots.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/400245608145?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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      53b – Belle clochette de service en cristal et lièvre en bronze XVIIII ème
      Lièvre debout sur une feuille de vigne en bronze peint.
      Cloche en cristal légèrement teinté violet.
      Carotte en bronze peint.
      Date du XVIIIIème siècle.
      Hauteur 10 cm.
      Superbe sujet ,travail de grande qualité.
      En parfait état,pas de fèle ni de coups.

      Beautiful crystal service bell and bronze hare XVIIII century
      Hare standing on a fig leaf painted bronze.
      Bell crystal violet tinge.
      Carrot painted bronze.
      Date of the eighteenth century.
      Height 10 cm.
      Beautiful subject, high quality work.
      In perfect condition, no cracks or chips.

      One of the highly sought flint glass bells.

      Many bell collectors, including myself, are kicking themselves for not having bid on this great bargain.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/270825678763?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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      53c – CLOCHETTE XIXème, souvenir de Bretagne.
      11,5 cm de haut.
      Le verre est malheureusement complètement cassé.

      19th Century table bell, souvenir of Brittany.
      11.5 cm (4.6 in) high.
      Unfortunately, the glass is completely broken.

      Another of the flint glass bells. I have not previously seen this handle, but it is out of my area.

      OOPS!!!

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/140611792190?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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    • #15161
      halanb
      Participant

      54a – Rare Mechanical Hotel Service Tap Figural Bell w/ Cat Figure and Table w/ Lamp
      You don’t see a lot of figural mechanical bells like this one come up often.
      It is a very early cast bronze mechanical tap bell.
      To operate this, you push down on the very top lamp shade and the bell rings.
      It is more of a flat ring that a high pinched one. It has a nice ring.
      The cat can swivel on the top of the table. There are no cracks to any of the bronze.
      The size is aprox. 7 ” tall x 4 ” diameter

      The seller is correct, in that these are not often seen, but they are highly sought.

      It sold in the price range that I would expect.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/260862206111?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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      54b – Cloche brass bell Arlequin RARE!!!
      Exceptionnelle cloche très rare.L’Arlequin.Pièce massive.
      Hauteur:12,7cm.Poids:1.055 grms.

      Brass table bell Harlequin RARE!!!
      Exceptional bell, very rare. Harlequin. Solid piece.
      Height : 5.1 in. Weight: 38 oz.

      The figure is Pierrot, one of the characters from the Commedia Dell’Arte.
      There are many figurals where the figure is standing on the bell base.
      Less often seen are those where a figure is sitting.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/230677798201?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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    • #15162
      halanb
      Participant

      55a – Richard Fisher US Bells Bronze Door Bell
      A Richard Fisher bronze bell is handcrafted in cast bronze, it has a contemporary look and is made on
      the east coast of the good old USA. An elegant and simple door bell with a braided lanyard.
      The measurements are 2 3/4″ high by 2 3/4″ wide. Total length is 8″ from the tip of the hanger bracket
      to the knocker plus 6″ is the length of the lanyard.

      Dick Fisher has been handcrafting bells since 1970. His US Bells (Prospect Harbor, Maine) foundry specializes in cast bronze wind and door bells, dinner bells, ship’s bells, estate bells, sculpture and hardware. The bell designs are all original and encompass a variety of bells, for both indoor and outdoor use. All U.S. Bells are cast in silicon bronze at their own foundry. This is a small family run business. Dick is involved with the bells, while other family members work in pottery, wood, jewelry, and various crafts.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/Richard-Fisher-US-Bells-Bronze-Door-Bell-/270824266337?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3f0e625a61

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      55b – Paolo Soleri Cosanti Bronze Omega Seed Wind Bell Chime
      This is a handmade bronze bell wind chime made by Cosanti under the guidance of Paolo Soleri. It is called the “Omega Seed”. The wind bell is 26″ long and quite heavy with the initials P S and the Cosanti foundry mark. It has been hung out side and has a wonderful green verdigris.

      In contrast with U.S. Bells, the Cosanti and Arcosanti bell foundries and ceramic studios (Paradise Valley, Arizona) produce thousands of items per year to support the Cosanti facilities and Arcosanti project.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/270831733269?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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      55c – Tereszczuk Tischklingel Originale Wiener Bronze push servant bell ringer KAUBA

      Bronze klingel Figur, signiert mit P. Tereszczuk.
      Original Elektrokabel hängen. ( ca.: 20 cm )
      Funktion der Klingel nicht überprüft.
      Masse : ca.: 115 mm

      Push bell bronze figure, signed with P. Tereszczuk.
      Original electric cable hanging. (Approx. 20 cm (8 in))
      Function of the bell is not checked.
      Size: about 115 mm (4.6 in)

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/260866822168?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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    • #15163
      halanb
      Participant

      56 – Standard vs. Nodder

      Two bells were recently offered for sale by a dealer on French eBay, the same figure,
      one in the standard version and the other configured as a nodder. Both are bronze.
      The standard version has a gilt patina (and traces of old metal polish).
      The nodder has the remnants of polychrome paint.
      Both date from c. 1900 and were probably made in France.
      The standard version is sometimes found as a later copy in brass with inferior details.

      Though not common, there are other bells, notably some in the Oriental figures as we
      have seen previously, that may also be found in both standard and nodder versions.

      There is not much difference to be seen in the first two sets of pictures.

      The differences can best be seen in the third set of pictures. In the second and third
      pictures, note the separation between collar and neck on the left side of the picture
      and the pivot pin that slightly protrudes from the collar on the right side of the picture.

      For whatever reasons, neither bell was sold. Perhaps the initial bid prices were too high,
      though they do show the relative difference in value assigned to a standard bell and a nodder.

      Standard: http://www.ebay.com/itm/170710234592?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

      Nodder: http://www.ebay.com/itm/160663440651?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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    • #15164
      halanb
      Participant

      57a – Antique Arts & Crafts Burl & Brass Figural LIZARD BELL RARE NICE!
      UP FOR AUCTION AND WITH NO RESERVE IS A FANTASTIC CIRCA 1880 ENGLISH ARTS & CRAFTS MOVEMENT BURL WOOD & BRASS BELL FEATURING AN EXCEPTIONALLY WELL CASTED BRASS LIZARD ON A BURL HANDLE WITH BRASS MEDALLIONS AND BRASS BELL..THE FIGURAL LIZARD IS HALLOW AND CASTED FROM AN ORIGINAL LIZARD SHED SHELL..THIS WAS A COMMON PRACTICE USED IN ENGLAND DURING THE LATE 19TH CENTURY..THE BELL IS ALL ORIGINAL AND IS IN GREAT SHAPE CONSIDERING ITS AGE..THE ITEM MEASURES 10 INCHES TALL AND MEASURES 3 1/8 OF AN INCH IN DIAMETER AT THE BELL OPENING..THE LIZARD MEASURES 5 1/2 INCHES FROM NOSE TO TAIL..THE BELL HAS NO DAMAGE OR REPAIRS..IT DOES SLIGHTLY BEND WHEN STANDING UP..WE ARE SURE IT CAN BE STRAIGHTENED IF YOU DESIRE BUT IT IS ORIGINAL AS IT SITS AND NEEDS NO ADJUSTMENTS AS FAR AS WE ARE CONCERNED..THERE IS A SEPARATION NEAR THE TIP OF THE TAIL.

      An unusual bell that I have never seen before. Apparently neither have others,
      and it generated a considerable amount of interest in the bidding.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/310349955337?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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      57b – BRONZE TABLE BELL By Johan van den Eynde / Johan a Fine 1549
      BRONZE DESK BELL By Johan van den Eynde, Johan a Fine 1549 from mechelen
      cast detail of cherubs animals and grotesque motifs
      ME FECIT JOHANNES A FINE Ao 1549
      IN GOOD CONDITION WITH SOME WEAR TO THE CAST DETAIL
      11.5CM HIGH 8CM WIDE AT BASE, 297GM

      Somewhat strange bell to me, in that the lettering detail appears much better than the figures. Seller says there is “some wear to the cast detail” but I think it must have been made that way, which is not uncommon when bells are copied and recopied. Some of the Hemony-type bells show different names as the supposed maker, but this seems quite ordinary to me and I would think should sell in the $50 range. Apparently several people disagreed with me.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/170708267899?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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      57c – Timbre, sonnette de table Art Déco tripode.
      Epoque art déco
      Très bon état.
      Marquage “SANSPILLE marque déposé”.
      Longueur : 13,2 cm
      Poids : 275 g

      Art Deco table bell.
      Art Deco Era
      Very good condition.
      Marked “SANSPILLE registered trademark.”
      Length: 13.2 cm (5.4 in)
      Weight: 275 g (10 oz)

      An unusual geared mechanical bell from France.

      http://cgi.ebay.fr/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItemnext&item=150672682997.html

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    • #15165
      halanb
      Participant

      58a – Grande cloche brass lady bell RARE!!!!!!!
      Ancienne grande cloche très rare à trouver.
      Hauteur:12,2cm.Base de 7,4cm.Poids:638 grms.

      Antique large bell, very rare to find.
      Height 4.9 in; Base 3 in; Weight 23 oz.

      Not much description needed. Obviously a figurine lady bell of relatively large size, and sufficient photos to determine the condition. It is similar in design to other bells of this type, yet I have never seen this particular bell previously. If you collect lady bells, then it pays to examine each carefully.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/230687982952?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

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      58b – ANTIQUE ALLEGORICAL BRONZE BELL EXECUTION SCENE
      This bell is fresh out of the estate of a 90 year old gentleman.
      I believe it to be bronze..it is heavy at 3 pounds and has a reddish golden color to it with a beautiful patina.
      It appears very old to me…definitely antique just not sure how old. As you can see the seen of raised figures depict a group of men possibly Roman times executing men by cutting off their heads. The bell is in beautiful condition. Overall it measures 6 1/4″ tall and 5 1/2″ across the bottom. It has a strong wonderful ring to it.

      Pearson Page made bells of this design in the 1930s – 1950s, but those were relatively small in the 3″ range. This one is much larger. As the vertical seam in the third picture shows, it is a sand cast bell. I suspect it is brass with a patina, not bronze, and not really an antique, but I have no idea of the source.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/270835485687?ru=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%3A80%2Fsch%2Fi.html%3F_from%3DR40%26_trksid%3Dm570.l2736%26_nkw%3D270835485687%26_fvi%3D1&_rdc=1

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      58c – 19th C ANTIQUE GERMAN CAST IRON CLOCKWORK WINDUP TURTLE DESK / HOTEL BELL
      WONDERFUL hotel/ desk wind-up bell designed in the form of a turtle. It has a clockwork mechanism. The top highly shows its detailed shell. It is in general excellent condition. The mechanism is in excellent working order, once winded up it can be action pressing its head or its tail, loud and clear sound. Heavy cast iron. It measures 6 ¾” long, 3 ¾” widest point, about 2 ¼” high and weighs 21.80oz (618 grams).

      South America is a good source of table bells made c. 1900 as there was relative prosperity at the time and luxury goods were imported from France and Germany. We have seen these older German made turtle bells previously, but none that I recall has sold at this high a price.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/130590194109?ru=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%3A80%2Fsch%2Fi.html%3F_from%3DR40%26_trksid%3Dm570.l2736%26_nkw%3D130590194109%26_fvi%3D1&_rdc=1

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    • #15166
      halanb
      Participant

      59a – Antique Brass Bell w/Stag Deer & Antlers ~ Hoof Clapper ~ Rare!
      Approx. 5″ tall x 4-1/2″ x 4-3/8″ at the base.
      A beautiful and rare piece. Heavy! Weighs over two pounds.
      One of the points of the antler is curved and may be broken – it is a little rough.
      Unusual clapper in the shape of a hoof.
      No manufacturer’s marks.

      This eBay seller is a consignment service operating on behalf of the owner. The bell description would have either come from the owner or from what can be observed by the seller, and not much is provided.

      Many readers will recognize the design as the Carl Wagner Elk (Wapiti) bell. (See The Bell Tower, Jan-Feb 2010.) They were made in 1977, originally sold for $33, but now sometimes fetch up to 10 times that much.

      There are third party copies of the Wapiti bell known to exist, and this appears to be one of them. Carl told me that he had heard of them, but knew nothing of where or when they were made. He further stated that he signed and dated all of his work. (He did this by impressing the signature, date, and other information in the wax model before it was invested, so it would appear incised in the final bronze bell.)

      An original Carl Wagner would have “WAPITI” near the exterior rim of the bell, between the legs of the elk. This one does not. It would have the signature, date and number near the interior rim of the bell. This one does not. The seller did not mention Carl Wagner, possibly/probably had never heard of Wagner, nor did s/he claim it is a Wagner bell. Therefore, I would consider it a “copy”, but not a “fake”.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/160668804575?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

      Compare this bell with the one in Part 36c above in this posting.

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      From Part 36c:

      http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=170670935315&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT

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      59b – RARE clochette de table en VERRE – le Chat la Souris PLOMB NUREMBERG 19ème
      Etonnante et rare clochette de table de la fin du XIXème siècle.
      Le corps de la clochette est en verre épais soufflé étiré à la pince, bulle.
      La préhension représente un chat bondissant sur une souris qui forme le battant.
      Plomb de Nuremberg.
      Bon état d’usage.
      H : 10 cm

      RARE glass table bell – Cat Mouse LEAD NUREMBERG 19th Century
      Amazing and rare bell table from the late nineteenth century.
      The body of the bell is thick glass blown stretched with forceps, bubble shape.
      The handle is a leaping catabove a mouse the form of the clapper.
      Nuremberg Lead.
      Good working order.
      H: 10 cm (4 in)

      This looks like what is known as a Flint Glass bell, yet, to me (and keep in mind that this is not my primary area of interest), there appear to be some differences from a typical version. There is a more common version of the Cat & Mouse, and I have included pictures of one of them or comparison.

      – Flint Glass bells have a square base, as does this one. Usually the top has a rounded edge but then is flattened, while this one is rounded all across the top.
      – They are usually colored glass, though some in clear glass may exist.
      – The glass bell is usually convex in the center. This one appears somewhat concave – hourglass shaped.
      – The figure is normally mounted on an ornate circular plate that fits on the top of the bell. There may be a smaller plate inside the bell, and a screw eye that serves as the clapper hanger and screws both together. I can’t tell what is under the leaping cat but to me it looks more like solder or metal epoxy. Instead of a screw eye, there is just a loop of wire inside the bell.
      – Whatever it is, this is certainly an unusual version.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/350500312157?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

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    • #15167
      halanb
      Participant

      60a – Tereszczuk Tischklingel Originale Wiener Bronze push servant bell ringer KAUBA
      Sie bieten hier auf eine wunderschöne antike Original Wiener Bronze.
      Bronze klingel Figur, signiert mit P. Tereszczuk
      Klingelknopf aus Bein. Original Elektrokabel hängen. ( ca.: 20 cm )
      Funktion der Klingel nicht überprüft.
      Masse : ca.: 110 mm

      Tereszczuk table push bell, servant, original Viennese bronze bell ringer KAUBA
      You are bidding on a beautiful antique original Vienna bronze.
      Bell push, bronze figure signed by P. Tereszczuk.
      Original electric cable attached. (Approx. 20 cm, 8 in)
      Function of the bell is not checked.
      Dimensions: approx: 110 mm (4.4 in)

      Another bell push by Peter Tereszczuk, with his two little daughters as the subjects.

      Note: Karl Kauba was another Art Deco sculptor. He has nothing to do with this item, but the seller inserted it in the title in the hopes of attracting viewers.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/260876535069?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

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      60b – Beautiful & rare large brass lady bell with feet clappers, with patina
      This is a stunning 19th century brass lady bell of a medieval lady, which is heavy and large in size.
      The brass has acquired a lovely warm brown patina and on top of her head you can see the original
      soldering of the clapper attachment. The clapper consists of two feet.
      On the back of the brass there is still a registration mark (though not very legible anymore, see photo),
      which is typical of the Victorian period.
      Condition: Very good. Height: 20 cm (7.9 inch).

      This 8″ Mary, Queen of Scots, is one of the largest figurine lady bells. Most lady bells are solid above the waist and hollow below. One curious feature of this bell is that it is hollow throughout the entire figure. That presents a problem as to how the clapper would be attached. The solution was to use a tapered plug, driven into the head, with a loop at the lower end. Sometimes they will work loose and the owner may solder them, as was done here.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/280757952079?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

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    • #15168
      halanb
      Participant

      61a – Clochette de table XIX° bronze allégorie de la musique
      Cette clochette de table date du XIX°, elle est ornée d’une statuette représentant une allégorie de la musique tenant une harpe dans ses mains.
      Elle est en bon état et sonne très clair, elle mesure 12 cm de haut et 7 cm de diamètre.

      Bronze table bell, 19th Century, allegory of music.
      This table bell dates to the 19th Century, it is decorated with a statue representing an allegory of music holding a harp in her hands.
      It is in good condition with a clear ring, it measures 12 cm (4.8 in) in height and 7 cm (2.8 in) in diameter.

      The figure is Terpsichore, the Greek Muse who serves as the inspiration of dance. Her emblem or “attribute” is a lyre.

      The bell may be bronze, but the figure looks to me like pewter.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/110750321863?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

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      61b – uralte ORIGINAL WIENER BRONZE TISCHKLINGEL FIGUR, EULE AUF BUCH.
      Bronze, 5,3 x 4,3 x 3,2 cm groß, um 1900

      ORIGINAL VIENNA BRONZE TABLE BELL PUSH, CHARACTER OWL ON BOOK.
      Bronze, 5.3 x 4.3 x 3.2 cm tall, circa 1900

      Another of the Vienna bronze bell pushes, with the polychrome paint in good condition.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/320786321529?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

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      61c – Antique Cast Iron DRGM 192197 Owl Head Clock Work Bell Glass Eyes Germany
      Wonderful antique cast iron clockwork Owl head bell with glass eyes..
      5″x 4 5/8″, it can be mounted on a door or can be a counter bell.
      Great antique condition, it works great. You press his nose and it rings.

      We’ve seen a similar one in Part 46b, though that was rigged as a simple tap bell.
      One curious feature, to me at least, is that they each have the same German Registration Number.
      The current listing is the pictures on the left. They are about the same size.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/120800086170?ru=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%3A80%2Fsch%2Fi.html%3F_from%3DR40%26_trksid%3Dm570.l2736%26_nkw%3D120800086170%26_fvi%3D1&_rdc=1

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    • #15169
      halanb
      Participant

      64a – RARE UNUSUAL BRASS LADY BELL LEGS CLAPPER – LADY WITH BASKET OF FISH.
      IT’S COMPLETE WITH A LEGS CLAPPER.
      APPROX: 13 CM TALL.
      VERY GOOD USED CONDITION.

      Another of the early Pearson Page lady bells, c. 1920, brass, sand-cast. Good detail over most of the bell, somewhat weak around the mouth and chin which is not uncommon, but about as good as can usually be found. Note the parting lines, the separation between the two parts of the mold, on the interior of the bell in the last photo.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/250929279614?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

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      62b – Very old (late 1800s?) GILDED BRONZE call table desk counter bell (pitakat)
      Was originally totally gilded, but much has worn off from age. Extremely highly detailed decoration of two medallions of Caesar?, sheafs of wheat, ribbons and flowers around the base. Folded leaf handle. Great tear drop clapper has made an inside ring from use. Good sound. Good condition- no damage. 4-1/4″ high x 2-3/4″ diam.

      Excellent detail and, if I am correct, also of historical interest. I think it represents Rome and its dependence on a yearly grain import to feed the city. This was a problem and steps were taken to deal with it as early as 400 BC. Sufficient grain was not available in Italy, but had to be imported from Sicily, Egypt, and North Africa. Various politicians dealt with it, including Gaius and Tiberius Gracchus, Pompey, Clodius Pulcher, Julius and Augustus Caesar, Vespasian, and others. Many Italian farmers were forced off their land as their farms were consolidated into large estates, they had no choice but to move to Rome where finding work was difficult. “Bread and Circuses” came about with the desire to pacify the large Rome population by providing low-cost or later free grain and various entertainments.

      I have a bell with the same base, but with a sheaf of wheat for the handle. There may be other variants, but I have not encountered them. I would assume the portraits are Julius and Augustus Caesar. The sale bell is shown in the first set of photos, and my bell in the second set for comparison.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/Very-old-late-1800s-GILDED-BRONZE-call-table-desk-counter-bell-pitakat-/220887385874?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item336dea0712

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    • #15170
      halanb
      Participant

      63 – Lot 306 A RUSSIAN BRONZE, EVGENY ALEXANDROVICH LANCERAY (RUSSIAN 1848-1886).

      A bronze table bell of dome form, simulating a seamed sack, with a small boy, shovel in hand, clambering over the top and forming the handle, one side with large Cyrillic inscription ‘EL’ for Evgeny Lanceray, marked with a foundry cachet dated 1875 and Cyrillic initials Ф.Ш. for F. Chopin foundry. Height 4.25 inches (10.8 cm)

      This is a very “important” bell, sold recently by Jackson’s Auctions in Cedar Rapids IA. Thanks to fellow ABA member, Ed H., for bringing it to my attention.

      Usually known as “Boy On A Sack” it was designed by noted Russian sculptor Evgeny Lanceray and bears his initials. The marks show that it was cast by Chopin, one of the premiere 19th century Russian bronze foundries. On this bell the marks are very distinct, the best I have ever seen, while on most examples they are difficult to read or sometimes non-existent. The details on the remainder of the bell are also as good as ever encountered.

      There are some modern copies made in Russia by the VEL manufacturing company. A side-by-side comparison shows they are shoddy indeed, but they can often be purchased in the $50 range.

      See the final link below to compare this bell with the one in the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg.

      http://www.jacksonsauction.com/Nov11_catalog/LotDetail_PR.aspx?ID=307

      Hermitage Museum: http://www.hermitagemuseum.org/html_En/12/b2003/hm12_2_6.html

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    • #15171
      halanb
      Participant

      64a – CLOCHE, SONNETTE à REMONTOIR CHOUETTE; FRENCH 1900 OWL Figural MECHANICAL BELL
      Voici une belle sonnette de table en celluloïd de couleur ou en galalithe, un modèle très élaboré, en forme de tête de chouette aux plumes noires, au bec formant bouton poussoir, aux gros yeux de verre soufflé. La sonnette se remonte par dessous, est automatique, et en très bon état de marche. Quel joli modèle, un peu rare, une clochette spectaculaire, pièce ancienne, que nous garantissons.
      Dimensions: 9,5 cm et 7cm.
      Travail Français ou Allemand, sans marque, des années 1900 ou tout début XXe.
      Etat: bon, elle sonne à merveille, nous garantissons.

      TABLE BELL OWL, Figural MECHANICAL 1900 FRENCH BELL
      Here is a nice celluloid color table bell, a sophisticated model, shaped like a head of owl feathers black, the beak forming push button, the big eyes of blown glass. The bell is wound from below, is automatic, and in very good condition. What a pretty model, somewhat rare, a spectacular bell, old item, which we guarantee.
      Dimensions: 9.5 cm and 7 cm.
      French or German work, unmarked 1900s or early twentieth century.
      Condition: good, it sounds wonderful.

      Compare this mechanical bell with the ones in Part 61c. Those had the figure in cast metal, while this one is made of celluloid. These are generally thought to have been made in Germany, c. 1900. The celluloid molding is somewhat fragile , is often found damaged, but this one appears to be in top condition.

      It was offered by Danielle & Denis Cordier, now of Nimes, France, who have been selling top quality items on eBay and other sites for over ten years. Many ABA members who collect in this area will have purchased one or more bells from them. I am somewhat surprised that it did not meet the reserve price, though it was only listed on French eBay where it might not have been seen by many English-speaking potential customers.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/350508326511?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

      See Part 66a below.
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      64b – Antique lovely Art Nouveau erotic Lady bronze push bell signed Morear ? Moreau ?
      As you can see it on the several pictures, it’s an antique Art Nouveau bronze push bell .
      I sold several push bell on eBay also, but never so nice like this one.
      It has a signature , could be Morear / Moreau ?, sorry but is not clear for me.
      And it has numbers.
      Ca. 1890 /1920 approx. ( Art Nouveu period )
      Original pátina.
      5 ” or 13 cm approx.

      Yes, it is an Art Nouveau type bell push. Yes, there was a family of French sculptors of that period named Moreau, and they made many lady figures of this type. Perhaps it is the pictures or the color, but somehow this one just does not look “right” to me. The casting seems more crude than I would expect, more like it were a copy of a better made item. I am not surprised that nobody offered an opening bid.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/130603212467?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

      Second chance – Since there were no takers at $499, she has relisted the item for $900.
      Ya better jump on it, as it might be $1500 next time around!!!
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      64c – ANTIQUE 16 ” Solid Bronze Ships Bell WWII U.S. Navy USS RAIL Pearl Harbor Ship
      This is an ANTIQUE Original Solid “Bell Metal” (some call it white bronze) Bronze Ships Bell from the USS Rail (AM-26)…She has some streaking on the sides from rust running down from the mounting bracket onto the bronze…The USS Rail was a Lapwing-class minesweeper built and launched in 1918 for the United States Navy during the closing months of World War I…There is an abundance of information on this ship to be found online so check for yourself…This ship was in Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 and actually participated in the battle. She fired upon the attacking Japanese aircraft including having shot one down, as well as participated in the rescue of the brave sailors in the water , and later patrolled the channel.

      Something for the Big Bell Boys so they won’t feel neglected. Well out of my area, so I won’t make any comments other than to note that it drew considerable interest. Read the entire listing for more information.


      http://www.ebay.com/itm/ANTIQUE-16-Solid-Bronze-Ships-Bell-WWII-U-S-Navy-USS-RAIL-Pearl-Harbor-Ship-/360408877945?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item53ea0b0b79

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    • #15172
      halanb
      Participant

      65a – HAGENAUER VIENNA BRONZE GIRL w BELL / BELL PUSH RINGER
      For your consideration is this wonderful Austrian Vienna polychromed bronze servant bell electric ringer from the early 1900’s. It has a bone pusher. Unmarked but looks to be Vienna type in the Hagenauer or Bergmann line.
      Has great quality and detail. This beauty is in excellent condition with no dents, scratches, chips, fleabites, hairlines or cracks. Height: 10 cm

      The seller has been flogging a group of bell pushes for several months, all good quality, but at what seem to me to be high prices. It appears he has sold one.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/HAGENAU-VIENNA-BRONZE-GIRL-w-BELL-BELL-PUSH-RINGER-/330589732492?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4cf8aefe8c

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      65b – 1930 Elders & Fyffes ocean liner ship London-Singapore dining saloon bronze bell
      A Nautical circa 1930 Elders & Fyffes ocean liner dining saloon bronze bell with sailor’s ropework pull and mounted on a double mythical dolphin bracket with a mahogany base. It is engraved “1st Class Dining Saloon, London to Singapore, Elders & Fyffes Ltd” with logo. Elders and Fyffes operated several “A” class ocean liners with divided passenger classes including Bayuno II, Cavina II, Ariguini, Carare, and Camito from the 1920s to mid 1950s. Their most popular period was mid 1920s to mid 1930s. Elders & Fyffes’ new ships starting around 1950 served a single class of passengers.
      I purchased this from an estate auction which included a large collection of maritime antiques.
      Size: bell is 7″ dia, 5-1/2″ tall. 21″ by 8″ overall. Weighs 35 pounds.
      Condition: Fine with characteristic casting flaws in the dolphin bracket. Unpolished, old polish residue in the engravings.

      I really like this one – a utilitarian bell but with attractive design, presumably in use for many years, and good provenance.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/1930-Elders-Fyffes-ocean-liner-ship-London-Singapore-dining-saloon-bronze-bell-/360407485372?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item53e9f5cbbc

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      65c – ANTIQUE VICTORIAN SOLID SILVER & GLASS DINNER BELL, LONDON c.1902
      Antique Stunning Rare Victorian Silver & Glass dinner bell, Hallmarked English silver, London, year 1902, Maker W.C (Willian Comyns & Sons). Made in a typical Victorian Style with beautifully hand engraved details.
      In Great Condition – no damage.
      Height: 18 cm Width: 9.5 cm Weight: 222g

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/110778230787?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

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    • #15173
      halanb
      Participant

      66a – Update to Part 64a

      FRENCH 1900 OWL Figural MECHANIC BELL, SONNETTE à REMONTOIR CHOUETTE
      Here is a nice bell celluloid or galalite table bell, a sophisticated model, black owls head shaped, feathers black, the yellow beak forming push button, the big eyes of blown glass. The bell is automatic, and in very good condition. Pretty model, something rare, a spectacular bell, one century old, which we guarantee.
      Dimensions: 9.5 cm and 7 cm.
      French or German work, unmarked 1900s or early twentieth century.
      Condition: good, it sounds wonderfully, good working order, there is some traces of wear, one eyebrow has been glued, well done, that is not visible….

      The bell was relisted with a description in English and made available on US eBay.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/260902246042?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

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      66b – Vintage Brass Lady Bell in Traditional Dress – 5″
      This Vintage Brass Lady bell which stands approx. 5 ” high is in very good condition with what appears to be a horse nail for the clacker. This seems to have been in the bell for a long time so could be original. The lady in taditional dress is wearing a cross & chain and has a purse hanging from her waist and holding a fan?. She is wearing a really attractivr dress and head wear.

      Just when you think you must have seen about every lady bell out there, a new one will appear.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/380386597920?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

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      66c – old antique BRASS LADY BELL heavy solid ELIZABETHAN ENGLISH WOMAN 5″
      This is a beautiful antique heavy solid brass lady bell. She is dressed in Elizabethan style with high ruffled collar and bell-shaped skirt below very narrow waist. No marks, I think English. 5″ tall. Nice old original patina and this bell has lovely loud ring.

      Compared to the lady bell immediately above, this design is rather common. However, there are two sizes and variations within each size. The more common size is 4″ and the lady has her left hand on her waist. The less common size is 5″, like this bell, and the lady has her right hand on her waist. You will probably encounter ten of the 4″ bells for each one of the 5″ bells.

      These are from the older series of sand-cast bells by Pearson Page, c. 1920. From one bell to another, there may be considerable variation in the dress decoration patterns. I suspect that was because there were differences in the sand core patterns when created. Perhaps one carver felt more creative than another, or a single carver wished to vary the design slightly.

      In my opinion, it sold at a very reasonable price for this uncommon version.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/260899866204?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

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    • #15174
      halanb
      Participant

      67a – Tischklingel AUERHAHN Wiener Bronze original um 1900
      Klingelknopf AUERHAHN
      Originale Wiener Bronze aus der Zeit um 1900 !!!
      KEINE Replike !!!
      Ca. 6,5 x 6,8 x 4 cm
      Sehr guter Zustand !
      Mit Originalkabel

      Table bell AUERHAHN original Vienna bronze circa 1900 Bell AUERHAHN
      Vienna bronze originals from the period around 1900!
      NOT a replica!
      Approx. 6.5 x 6.8 x 4 cm
      Very good condition!
      With original wires

      Another table-type bell push from the Art Nouveau period.
      It sold in the normal price range.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/190605177664?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

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      67b – Vintage Twist Mechanical Figural Bell, Snail with Leaf, NR
      I am offering two mechanical bells this week. This one is of a snail crawling across a leaf. You twist the top to ring the bell. It is in good working order. This desk bell measures 5-1/2″ long and 3″ wide.

      This seller has sold some very expensive mechanial bells, but this one was apparently priced beyond anyone’s interest.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/320799500228?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

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      67c – Vintage Figural Mechanical Jockey Cap Desk Bell with Letter Rack, NR
      The bell sits under a jockey’s cap. The riding crop on the right pulls across to the left and moves back to the right to ring. Behind the jockey cap is a letter rack. No doubt this was a piece for used on a gentleman’s desk. The entire whole piece sits on top of a horse shoe. The piece measures 7″ by 6″ and is 4-1/2″ tall. The piece is done in brass and silverplate finish. This piece is in amazing condition. The riding crop is bent up in the back and I am not sure if that is original or has been bent up.

      As was this one.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/320799499402?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

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    • #15175
      halanb
      Participant

      Part 68 – The following show that now is a GOOD time to be a metal bell collector.
      Ten years ago all these bells would have sold for at least five times the current prices.

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      68a – RARE UNUSUAL BRASS LADY BELL – LOOOOK. 14.5 CM TALL.
      RARE
      LARGE UNUSUAL BRASS LADY BELL – VIEW PICTURES.
      IT’S COMPLETE WITH A CLAPPER.
      APPROX: 14.5 CM TALL.
      VERY GOOD USED CONDITION.

      This bell is usually identified as Marie Antoinette, dressed for rural activities (butterfly net?) at her rustic village Le Hameau at Versailles. It was made by Pearson Page in Birmingham, England, c.1920. It could use a complete cleaning to remove old remnants of polishing compound.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/250946634984?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

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      68b – NICE RARE VINTAGE ANTIQUE FIGURAL WOMAN GIRL BRASS SERVICE BELL
      UP FOR AUCTION IS A NICE RARE VINTAGE ANTIQUE FIGURAL GIRL BRASS SERVICE BELL IT LOOKS 100% BETTER IN PERSON, YOU WILL BE PLEASED.
      Q: How tall is the bell? Thanks, Denise
      A: the bell is 5″ tall

      Another of the early (c. 1920) Pearson Page bells. In their catalog this bell is called “Mistress Mills” but I have no idea who that was. A friend (ARF from Fl) always calls her the “Don’t-Mess-With-Me” lady. She has the leg clappers that many collectors like. Another bell that could use a good cleaning.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/200681833070?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

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      68c – OLD ANTIQUE BRASS LADY BELL HEAVY LOUD SEE VIDEO BOBBLEHEAD (?) PURITAN SALED
      The lovely lady is quite heavy for her petite size, almost a pound. I’ve seen lots of people shaped bells and never saw one where the head moves as part of the bell workings, but this lady does which is why I wrote that she was a BobbleHead. She’s dressed rather puritanical, wearing a hat and carrying something, maybe a child. This had a sound that far exceeds her size.
      She measures about 4.5″ tall. I don’t know the age but she had a beautiful patina that doesn’t come in 20 or 30 years, but longer than that I believe. But I think the most interesting part of her is that she moves her head when the bell rings. Very unusual and very interesting.

      The seller obviously didn’t know what s/he was describing, and the bell is at least 60-80 years older than the “Bobblehead” term.

      Many viewers will recognize her as the Mother Hubbard (w/ her dog) nodder. Not much is known about them. They seem to have first been made sometime around 1850, perhaps in France, and then for many years after that. They are found in various sizes, but always in the 4″ to 5″ range. Most are bronze, but some could be brass and some were silver plated in England by Elkington. I have heard of a sterling silver version, but have not seen one. The design details on this one are not as crisp as on better versions, but it is bronze with a natural patina (note the mottled appearance of the cap from the rear). It has remnants of polishing or investment material, but that can be hard to clean without disturbing the patina – owner’s choice. Still, it is rigged as a nodder with a proper counterweight, and someone got a bargain.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/320807059291?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

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    • #15176
      halanb
      Participant

      69a – clochette de table aux armoiries de la Bretagne
      clochette de table christal et métal argenté , Armoiries de la Bretagne hauteur 11 cm , base 4

      Table bell with the Arms of Brittany
      Table bell in crystal and silver plated metal, with the Arms of Brittany, height 4.4 in, base 2.4 in

      Another of the flint glass type bells.

      http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=140653114165

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      69b – BEAUTIFUL FIGURAL WOMAN STERLING .800 FINE SILVER DINNER BELL C. 1900 GERMAN?
      THIS ITEM IS BEAUTIFUL FIGURAL WOMAN STERLING .800 FINE SILVER DINNER BELL THAT WAS PROBABLY MADE IN GERMANY AROUND 1900. THIS BELL IS FORMED AD A WOMAN WITH HER TORSO BEING CAST AND THE HANDLE OF THE BELL. HER HAND CHASED HOOP DRESS BEING THE BODY OF THE BELL. IT MEASURES 3″ X 2″ AND IS IN EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION AND HAS NEVER BEEN MONOGRAMED.

      The seller’s description seems accurate.

      http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=140652703782

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      69c – NICE RARE VINTAGE ANTIQUE FIGURAL CHERUB LOBBY SERVICE BELL HOTEL?
      NICE RARE VINTAGE ANTIQUE FIGURAL CHERUB LOBBY SERVICE BELL. IT RINGS BY PUSHING DOWN HIS HEAD. IT LOOKS LIKE SILVER PLATE OVER BRASS. IT DOESN’T LOOK TO BE SIGNED. GREAT PATINA, IT LOOKS 100% BETTER IN PERSON, YOU WILL BE PLEASED.

      One of the mechanical bells always in demand. Pressing down on the head cocks and fires the clapper which strikes the bell one time.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/190607510952?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

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    • #15177
      halanb
      Participant

      Part 70 – The following Judaica items are not themselves bells, but include bells as decoration.
      See Springer, The Collector’s Book of Bells, pages 107-108, for more information.

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      70a – Antique Judaic Solid Silver Besamin Spice Tower with Bells circa 1930’s
      This Antique Judaic Besimin Spice Tower measures approximately 2 inches or 51 mm across the width or diameter of its base or foot and it stands 8 1/4 inches or 210 mm tall.
      The spice tower is made from solid silver with a raised relief wicker basket like central body that has a hinged door in one side and it stands on a raised step decorated circular foot, it has a gold coloured or gilded rotating flag on the top with four bells that hang from the underside of its central body and the spice tower has Not been engraved with a previous owners initials or family monogram all as photographed below, the rim of the foot has been impressed with an 800 standard solid silver mark and I estimate that this besamin spice tower was made circa 1930’s.

      These items are relatively common and usually sell in the $200 range.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/170740227313?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

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      70b – Sterling Silver 925 Large Antique Jewish Judaica Hebrew Torah Topper With Bells

      Maker: Unknown
      Item: Sterling Silver 925 Large Antique Jewish Judaica Hebrew Torah Topper With Bells
      Size: Approximately 14 1/4″ tall,
      Weight: Approximately 439.4 dwt, 683.2 grams, 21.97 ounces
      Condition: This piece is in good condition, with a patina and scuffing common with estate silver. A light dip or polish should restore it to it’s original luster. All bells are in tact.

      Maker: Unknown
      Item: Sterling Silver 925 Large Antique Jewish Judaica Hebrew Torah Topper With Bells
      Size: Approximately 9 1/2″ tall, ” diameter 3″
      Weight: Approximately 413.40 dwt, 642.83 grams, 20.67 ounces
      Condition: This piece is in good condition, with a patina and scuffing common with estate silver. A light dip or polish should restore it to it’s original luster. Missing three bells on one, One bell on the other.

      Springer calls these RIMONIM, and they adorn the uppermost handles of the Torah.
      Two sets are shown, both from the same seller.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/Sterling-Silver-925-Large-Antique-Jewish-Judaica-Hebrew-Torah-Topper-Bells-/120789472097?pt=Antiques_Silver&hash=item1c1f9d1361

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/Sterling-Silver-925-Large-Antique-Jewish-Judaica-Hebrew-Torah-Topper-Bells-/120789477742?pt=Antiques_Silver&hash=item1c1f9d296e

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      70c – Vintage Italy Judaica Jewish Very Large Heavy Torah Crown Sterling Silver 925
      Maker: Unknown
      Item: Sterling Silver 925 Large Large Torah Crown
      Size: Approximately 12″ tall, 8.5″ diameter
      Weight: Approximately 1166 dwt, 1813.1 grams, 58.3 ounces
      Notes: This item is unique, marked sterling and Italy with makers mark. Circa 1970’s-1980’s.
      Condition: This piece is in good condition, with a patina and scuffing common with estate silver. A light dip or polish should restore it to it’s original luster. All bells are in tact. Please see photos. We believe this to be a Russian Piece but are unsure.

      Sometimes a Torah Crown is used instead of the Rimonim.

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      How the Rimonim and Crown are used.
      (Following information courtesy of ARF from FL.)

      The Torah is stored in the Ark, the upper spindles adorned with the toppers or crown. For a prayer service, the Torah is carried to the stand and “undressed” – the rimonim or crown, breastplate, and mantle are placed on the stand, while the Torah and yad (pointer) are used for the service. Afterwards, the Torah is placed on the stand and re-dressed.

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    • #15178
      halanb
      Participant

      Contemporary Russian Table Bells

      A Russian company called VEL has been manufacturing table bells for about 10 years. Many of the first group were sold on eBay. They now have a second group, but not as many have reached the Western market.

      There is also at least one new source that has appeared in the past three years, possibly more than one source, most of them lady figurine bells in the 4″ – 4.5″ size. These bells are generally sold in Russia in the
      $50 – $75 price range. Some of them are now appearing on eBay, targeted to collectors in the USA and Britain. In the eBay listings, they are often described as RARE, VERY RARE, and/or ANTIQUE. They may be “rare” to Western collectors in that they have seen few of them, but they are definitely not “antique”.

      Some of the designs are interesting, though some have rather strange and exaggerated details such as impossibly thin waists and necks and oversized heads. They are said to be lost wax bronze, some are better made than others, but don’t expect something like Gerry Ballantyne or Gorham made. I have seen a number of them, and the casting details are often rather poor. Most of the pictures show full length shots, but you will find few or no closeup shots, perhaps for good reason. Samples of three are shown below.

      #1 – Very Rare Brass Collectible Antique Victorian Lady Bell *Must See*

      #2 – Very Rare Brass Collectible Antique Victorian Lady Bell *Must See*

      #3 – rare signed brass lady bell with mirror


      #1 – http://www.ebay.com/itm/Very-Rare-Brass-Collectible-Antique-Victorian-Lady-Bell-Must-See-/280784136247?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item416009e837

      #2 – http://www.ebay.com/itm/Very-Rare-Brass-Collectible-Antique-Victorian-Lady-Bell-Must-See-/280778701623?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item415fb6fb37

      #3 – http://www.ebay.com/itm/rare-signed-brass-lady-bell-mirror-/260856005737?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3cbc3ac469

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    • #15179
      halanb
      Participant

      Part 72 – Three more bargains
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      72a – Antique Meriden Silver Plate Cruet/Condiment set Circa 1890s w/ Maids Call Bell
      “Victorian” / “Edwardian”
      Meriden Silver Plate Cruet / Condiment Set
      With “Maids / Butlers” Call Bell.

      The Meriden Britannia Company was formed in 1852 in Meriden Connecticut. They were one of the original companies that joined together to form the International Silver Co. in 1898. Meriden was noted for their Heavy Silver Quadruple Plating. This Set is antique and has been well loved and used. There is a bell in the center which makes it quite unusual. The bell has a beautiful tone and looking at the wear, the Maids and Butler were called often to the table side.

      The skirt on this piece has a nice trailing Ivy pattern. Base holds Six Condiment Bottles. One stopper is missing. Both crystal stoppers have some chip damage. Screw tops fit tight. Set is very sound, sturdy and quite heavy. For it’s age, it’s in very good condition.
      Set measures approximately 15 inches high and 7 1/2 inches across and widest point.

      Please see (Hallmark) Markers Mark and edition Number 19 on Base.

      Meriden produced limited-edition silver and silver-plate items. These are clearly marked by the numbers incised into each piece.

      Common item for metal bell collectors. A few problems (missing stopper, chips) but Meriden was one of the best makers and I would have to think that this item slipped by mostly unnoticed.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/130615613057?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

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      72b – VINTAGE BEAUTIFUL ORNATE BRASS BELL ANGEL FACE / CHERUB / ANTIQUE / RARE
      UP FOR AUCTION IS THIS BEAUTIFUL BRASS BELL . THIS BELL STANDS 3 1/2 INCHES TALL AND IS ORNATELY DECORATED WITH CHERUB FACES FOUR IN ALL AND BEAUTIFULLY ETCHED , BELL IS VERY HEAVY AND SOUNDS GREAT . DONT MISS OUT ON THIS GREAT BELL YOU WONT BE DISAPPOINTED.

      Top quality lost wax figural bell, another that I think slipped by. Seller says “brass”, but pic3 gives a hint that it is actually nickel plated. See pic4 for a comparison of this bell with a bronze version. Note that the stub handle on the nickel bell is the same design as a part of the bronze handle, then inverted with a short spacer added.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/320809551248?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

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      72c – MEXICO “VICTORIA” STERLING SILVER BELL – MAKER ANA NUNEZ BRILANTI
      MEXICO “VICTORIA” STERLING SILVER BELL
      CREATED BY ANA NUNEZ BRILANTI
      The Eagle mark was instituted by the Mexican government in
      1948 which was used until ca. 1955.
      I have included a few pictures of the markings from the internet
      which is inside the bell and hard to interpret. The only thing thats
      missing on the pictures is the bell also has sterling and 139 on it.
      The bell is 3 3/4″ tall, the bottom is 1 1/2″ per square and weighs 2 ozs.

      Ana Nunez Brilanti moved to Taxco in 1940 and began making silver items. The firm continues to this day, under the direction of her grandsons. Unusual, but useful, to have this much information about a bell.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/160696077819?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

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    • #15180
      halanb
      Participant

      73a – Antique Starr Bros Bermuda Bell
      Here is a genuine rarity– an antique original Starr Brothers Bell Company Bermuda bell. These were popular on cars before WWII, but really came into their own in the late 1940s when the hot rodders adopted them as warning signals on their cars. It works entirely by mechanical means, the plunger is depressed activating the striker that hits each half of the bell in turn, giving a neat ding-dong sound. These bells were used as doorbells in Bermuda, hence the name. This one has steel bells, later ones have aluminum or brass bells that make a decidedly different sound. It has been disassembled, cleaned, lubricated, and painted. It is ready to install, generally under the floorboard with just the plunger and top plate inside the car so the bell is rung by stepping on the plunger.

      The seller has an auto background, not a bell background, and part of what he says is untrue. These bells first appeared around 1890. They were used on carriages in Bermuda, and that was the source of the common name. In the 1915 Starr Bros catalog, it is called a foot gong. Bevin also made them in the same time period. If you see a cast top name plate by either Starr or Bevin then it is an early version. Both companies later switched to a stamped plate. The ones used by hot rodders after WW2 were most often made by Sutone in Los Angeles.

      Some early ones were brass, but were often plated with nickel since they were mounted under a vehicle where they wound encounter slop thrown up by the horses or wheels. Later ones were chrome plated steel.
      I have not seen any made of aluminum.

      Even the later ones often sell in the $150 range, so an early one like this is more unusual and was a good bargain.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/370566912819?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

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      73b – Große Tischglocke, England, London 1868, 925iger Ag. Sehr selten !!
      Biete große Tischglocke aus London von 1868 in 925iger Sterlingsilber in gutem
      Zustand mit minimalen Gebrauchsspuren. Schöner, weicher u. langer Klang !!
      Der Korpus ist aufwendig mit floralen und abstrakten Motiven gestaltet.
      3 ovale Kartuschen sind mit schönen Mäander-Motiven und Blumenbuquets
      aufwendig graviert. Die 4. Kartusche für ein Besitzer-Monogramm freigehalten.
      Am unteren Rand 5-fach gepunzt mit: R.H.(Robert Hennel!?) – Löwe n.l. gehend
      Leopard (London) – Buchstabe: n – Kopf der Queen Victoria n. l.
      Maße: Dm. (unten): 10.5 cm, Höhe(ohne Stiel): 13.5 cm
      Höhe(mit schwarzem Holzstiehl): 23.5 cm. Gewicht: 462 Gramm !!
      In dieser Größe und guten Qualität sehr selten angeboten!! Sammelwürdig !!

      Large dinner bell, England, London, 1868, 925 Ag. Very rare!
      Offered great dinner bell made ​​in 1868 in London, sterling silver 925 mark.
      Good condition with minimal wear. Beautiful, soft and long sound!
      The body is elaborately decorated with floral and abstract motifs.
      Three oval cartouches with beautiful motifs and engraved flower bouquets.
      The fourth Cartridge for an owner-Monogram was not engraved.
      At the bottom hallmarked with 5-fold: RH (Robert Hennel?) – Lion passant (signifying sterling):
      Leopard (London) – Letter: N – head of Queen Victoria.
      Dimensions: Dm (bottom): 10.5 cm (4.2 in), height (without handle): 13.5 cm (5.4 in)
      Height (with black wood Stiehl): 23.5 cm (9.4 in). Weight: 462 grams!
      In this size and good quality very rarely offered! Worthy addition to a collection.

      In this case the seller’s information is correct. It is a large and rare sterling silver bell, with an unusual shape. Note the inner brass bell, as is sometimes used with these relatively thin sterling bells, for a better ring tone. There was considerable interest among the buyers, but it was still a ‘bargain’ in comparison to what would be charged by a London dealer.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/180771835379?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

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      73c – Rare Mechanical Figural Gilt Bronze Hotel or Brothel Chinaman Bell
      Scarce antique c.1880 gilt bronze figural front desk page bell in the form of a Chinaman with unique mechanical striking mechanism. A form popular with both Hotels and Brothels of the era.
      To operate you push down upon the birds tail, once released it hammers back and he strikes the bell.
      Condition: Very good overall. Minor age related wear.
      Measures approx. 6 ” tall x 6 ” long x 4 ” wide on marble base.

      The right arm is fixed. Pressing down on the bird’s tail raises the left arm which, when released, strikes the bell and rebounds slightly so as not to damp the tone. The same mechanism may be found on a figure seated on top of the bell, as with the familiar Indian Princess.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/250953308366?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

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    • #15181
      halanb
      Participant

      Contemporary Ukraine Table Bells

      When I saw the first bell on German eBay several weeks ago (asking price ~$700), I assumed it was an antique copy of a Vielle à Roue. viewtopic.php?f=6&t=4496

      The second bell was also offered for sale on German eBay (asking price ~$900).

      I have since learned from the website “forumbells.ru” that these are apparently contemporary bells made in Ukraine of sterling (.925) silver with gold plated accents, each about 10 cm (4 in) tall. I have not seen them in person, but they seem to have been well done.

      They have also been offered for sale on the Ukraine auction site “Aukro.ua”, similar to eBay with both auction and buy-it-now items, and two more lady bells have appeared. I have no idea if viewers from the USA can place a bid, or how they would arrange payment or shipping. The Google translation of the site is:
      http://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?act=url&hl=en&ie=UTF8&prev=_t&rurl=translate.google.com&sl=ru&tl=en&u=http://aukro.ua/&usg=ALkJrhg8UKJ-9W6BBqmszxlcWsCBTdLZsw

      Items on that site are priced in Ukraine Hryvnia (UAH).
      The exchange rate is about 8:1; 8 UAH = 1 USD, so divide by 8 to obtain the price in dollars.
      The asking prices in Ukraine for the four bells, respectively, are about $466, $536, $431, and $431.

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    • #15183
      halanb
      Participant

      75a – HEAVY MECHANICAL VICTORIAN BRASS TOBACCONISTS CALL BELL & MATCH SAFE STRIKER

      This is one of the largest store call bells that has the benefit of a double clanger as well as having the match safe and striker at the top. Used on the counter of a tobacconists, it is an imposing site at 8 inches tall and with a base diameter of 5 1/2 inches and a loud ring.

      There is some light pitting to the bell dome and both of the strikers are working well with their original springs underneath, operating the pinned two piece arms holding the strikers.

      The base of the bell has the name of the maker ‘Bolton & Son of Wigan’ cast into it and it would have been used originally as a cigar ashtray. The weight of the complete unit is 3 lbs.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/230719692598?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

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      75b – TABLE BELL IN A SHAPE OF MEDIEVAL WOMAN SILVER PLATE

      A TABLE BELL IN A SHAPE OF A MEDIEVAL WOMAN MADE IN SILVER PLATE
      CIRCA 1860. THE BELL IS 4 INCHES HIGH- VERY GOOD CONDITION

      The figure is normally identified as Elizabeth 1. This version with her left hand on her stomach is found in 4″ and smaller sizes. The other version with her right hand on her stomach is found in 5″ size. Both versions were made in brass by Pearson Page, sand cast, c. 1920.

      If the seller is correct with the c. 1860 date, then it would pre-date the Pearson Page items. I looks like it could be of lost wax construction (detail not interrupted on the sides), but there is no clear angle to show that. The 3rd picture is a brass version that would normally sell in the $50 range.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/TABLE-BELL-SHAPE-MEDIEVAL-WOMAN-SILVER-PLATE-/170445432830?pt=Antiques_Silver&hash=item27af56e7fe

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      75c – ANTIQUE ASIAN CHINESE GUILLOCHE ENAMEL BELL W/ NICE CARVED WHITE JADE FINIAL

      UP FOR AUCTION IS AN ANTIQUE CHINESE GUILLOCHE ENAMEL BELL CARVED WHITE JADE FINIAL.

      6 PANEL SIDED BELL WITH AMAZING ENAMEL WORK AND CARVED JADE FIGURAL FINIAL /HANDLE.

      THE BELL MEASURES 4-5/8″ TALL.

      GOOD CONDITION WITH NO MAJOR WEAR TO THE PIECE.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/ANTIQUE-ASIAN-CHINESE-GUILLOCHE-ENAMEL-BELL-W-NICE-CARVED-WHITE-JADE-FINIAL-/330658677148?pt=Asian_Antiques&hash=item4cfccb019c

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    • #15184
      halanb
      Participant

      76a – Antique Cylinder Music Box – 8 Songs – Three Bells – Fully Working Condition

      It plays 8 tunes & works very well, with levers ringing the bells and the cylinder turning without any problems
      This music box was purchased from a lady who’s Grandmother was the owner of the box, and the lady informs me that the box is over 100 years old
      I am fairly sure the box is made from Rosewood though it does have a replacement lid (that was replaced by the ladies husband fairly recently)
      The box has some wear indicative of its age, though overall it is in good condition & there are no splits in the wood
      The decoration on the front of the box looks like that of Nicole Freres
      The inside right of the box is marked with what looks like the following:
      F (or possibly T) N 37 9 R X (159)
      I am not sure what the marks represent, possibly name initials & box manufactures number
      Has levers for Change, Repeat, Stop & Play
      The box is 13″ wide, 7 1/2″ tall & 9″ in bredth & weighs 5kg

      http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Antique-Cylinder-Music-Box-8-Songs-Three-Bells-Fully-Working-Condition-/360417927151?pt=UK_Collectables_Household_RL&hash=item53ea951fef

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      76b – Antique swiss music box jeweled “bells in sight”

      Plays very well beautiful inlaid no restorations done all original.has some old worm holes gives it character.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/antique-swiss-music-box-jeweled-bells-sight-/180753720497?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2a15c2e4b1

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      76c – FINE Large 36” ANTIQUE INLAID SWISS CYLINDER & DRUMS MUSIC BOX 1880 make offer

      Composition: Inlaid Exotic Wood Swiss Music Box… Cylinders and drums
      Condition: Excellent see details on photos
      Age: Antique 19c
      Origin: Private estate collection

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/FINE-Large-36-ANTIQUE-INLAID-SWISS-CYLINDER-DRUMS-MUSIC-BOX-1880-make-offer-/190586600537?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2c5fd8bc59

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    • #15185
      halanb
      Participant

      77a – Antique Spanish Colonial Catholic Bronze Prayer Bell 1770 – Santa Fe Collection
      Here is a nice 5 1/2” Spanish Colonial Catholic prayer bell. Clapper is in place, has a great sound.
      Made of bronze. 1750-1800.

      So, whaddya think? Yes, there were certainly some bells from that period. Yes, there are known to be many reproductions sometimes passed off as older bells. The bidder must decide.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/160704553700?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

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      77b – ANCIENNE SONNETTE DE TABLE BRONZE ARGENTE BATEAU VOILIER 19 EME
      RARE ET ANCIENNE SONNETTE DE TABLE EN BRONZE ARGENTE
      elle est numèrotée 19 certainement une serie limitee je n ai trouvé que ce marquage
      En forme de bateau,le gouvernail sert de clè pour remonter la sonnerie
      Quand vous appuyez sur le Marin la sonnette se déclenche
      Elle mesure 22cm de long / 11cm de large / 20cm de hauteur /poids 1 kilo

      OLD BELL SILVER BRONZE TABLE SAILBOAT 19 CENTURY
      RARE AND OLD SILVER BRONZE TABLE BELL
      It is numbered 19 certainly a limited edition, I’ve not encountered this mark.
      Boat-shaped, the back rudder winds the bell.
      When you press on the sailer, the bell rings.
      It measures 8.8 in long / 4.4 in wide / 9 in height / weight 2.2 lb

      Another of the old mechanical bells, always in demand.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/110799595610?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

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      77c – Rare Vintage Britannia Standard 958 Silver Bell 4.5″x2.5″ 185g

      The usual British standard is Sterling Silver with 92.5% silver content, marked (925) or (.925).
      The sterling hallmark is a figure of a Lion Passant.
      The early London hallmark was a Crowned Leopard Head.

      In 1697, Parliament changed the silver standard to 95.84% (958) and called this Britannia Silver.
      The Lion Passant was replaced with a Britannia figure.
      The Crowned Leopard Head was replaced with a Lion Head Erased.
      The new standard was not popular with silversmiths, and in 1720 Parliament reverted to Sterling Silver.

      Britannia figure and Lion Head Erased.

      As you can imagine, items from this period are rare and expensive, and the marks are often hard to read. However, the Britannia silver standard remained for anyone who wished to use it, and there are later items with these hallmarks. This particular bell was made by Lionel Alfred Crichton (LAC), London, 1905. Both the clapper and the bell are so marked.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/220889673178?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

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    • #15187
      halanb
      Participant

      78a – GLOCKE mit FISCH – Werkstätte HAGENAUER Wien – WHW – werkstatte Vienna – AUSTRIA
      Lustige Glocke, massiv & schwer(!!!) ….
      mit sehr schönem Klang von der Wiener Design – Werkstaette Hagenauer Wien / WHW
      Höhe: 8,5 cm
      Durchmesser: 4,8 cm
      Zustand: grundsätzlich SEHR nett, aber Gebrauchsspuren (Kratzer)

      BELL with FISH (handle) – Hagenauer Werkstätte Vienna – WHW – Workshop Vienna – AUSTRIA
      Amusing bell, solid & hard …. (!!!)
      with a very beautiful sound, Vienna Design – Hagenauer Werkstätte Vienna / WHW
      Height: 8.5 cm (3.4 in)
      Diameter: 4.8 cm (1.9 in)
      Condition: generally VERY nice, but signs of wear (scratches)

      The following is from a 2011 exhibition in Vienna:

      The history of the Werkstätten Hagenauer began with the founding of the company by Carl Hagenauer in 1898 – marking the heyday of metalworking in the arts and crafts. At first Carl Hagenauer produced those classic Viennese bronze objects modelled after antiquity and old masters. Flowing lines and soft natural forms were typical of the works of the young entrepreneur who had been trained as a goldsmith and silversmith, chaser and belt-maker. Within a very short time Hagenauer became the leading representative of metalworking in Viennese arts and crafts.

      The next generation introduced a stylistic shift, which meant world fame for Hagenauer. The architect Karl Hagenauer had already worked as a student in his family’s company as well as for master teacher Josef Hoffmann and the Wiener Werkstätte. From then on clear geometric contours ruled supreme, and the non-functional ornament was declared obsolete. Karl Hagenauer and his younger brother Franz, who found his artistic calling in sculpture, were clearly ahead of their times in anticipating a stylistic development that later became well known as “Northern design”.

      World War 2 brought an abrupt end to the Hagenauer’s economic success and the company now had to get by with a different assortment and alternative materials. The range of products was thus expanded in the post-war eras to include funny animal figures and pleasingly designed functional objects made of wood. Following Franz Hagenauer’s death in September 1986 production continued for another year. After this one of the most successful chapters in Austria’s metal processing industry came to a halt.

      This is one of a series of bells, with animal figures as the handles, made by the Hagenauer Works c. 1930. They are chrome-plated brass, and all have the tapered clapper marked “wHw” on the end.

      A bargain price for an Art Deco bell, always in short supply.
      http://www.ebay.com/itm/360423211654?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

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      78b – Clochette de Table en Argent massif avec “CHOUETTE” 170grs ASPREY
      Exceptionnelle Chochette de Table en Argent massif surmontée d’une magnifique CHOUETTE . Poinçons de Titre anglais (pour.925) , Poinçon pour LONDRES , et Poinçon du prestigieux bijoutier ASPREY ( poinçons sur corps et grelot) .Clochette de Table de qualité remarquable ( dense avec un poids de 170 grammes !!! ) et en très bon état ,complète avec son grelot , et dotée d’une très belle sonorité ,micro-rayures d’usage .
      Hauteur de la Clochette : 8 cms
      Poids de la Clochette : 170 grammes

      Table bell in sterling silver with “OWL” 170gr ASPREY
      Table bell, exceptional sterling silver topped with a beautiful OWL. English Sterling marks (for .925) LONDON mark and hallmark of the prestigious jeweler Asprey (marks on the clapper and bell). Table Bell of remarkable quality (dense with a weight of 170 grams!) And in very good state, complete with its clapper, and has a beautiful sound, micro-scratches from use.
      Height of the Bell: 8 cms (3.2 in)
      Weight of the Bell: 170 grams (6 oz)

      Interesting design, with London hallmarks. Most of the British silver bells we have seen previously have been c. 1900. This bell was made in 1997, and shows that quality work still persists among certain makers.

      http://cgi.ebay.fr/Clochette-de-Table-en-Argent-massif-avec-CHOUETTE-170grs-ASPREY-/350519842902?pt=FR_JG_Art_Objets_XXeme&hash=item519c9c5856

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      78c – ANTIQUE BRONZE? FIGURAL CAT CHASING MOUSE DOOR BELL PUSH BUTTON
      This auction is for a a very unusual door bell button . I picked it up at a fantastic estate sale that had many Victorian period items and I’m guessing this is from that same period. What I do know is that it’s a button, looks like the type used for door bells. It has a green cord that hides the wires. The button is below the cat chasing what is either a mouse or a rat? I’ve never seen anything like it before. It looks like the cord would hang somewhere? Don’t know if it would have been used for a front door bell, hotel desk or for a bell to call a butler? Not really sure. The item is very detailed, even has whiskers on the cat. Looks like it’s made out of bronze or maybe brass? The bell section is approx. 3 3/4″ long. The cord is approx. 44″ long.

      The seller may not know what it is, but we recognize it as a hanging-type bell push, probably made in France/Germany/Austria, c. 1900. It sold at a reasonable price, though somewhat low by what would have been asked by a Continental seller.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/170757968027?ru=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%3A80%2Fsch%2Fi.html%3F_from%3DR40%26_trksid%3Dm570.l2736%26_nkw%3D170757968027%26_fvi%3D1&_rdc=1

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    • #15188
      halanb
      Participant

      79a – 1936 BERLIN OLYMPICS BELL

      Wikipedia: The Bell Tower of Berlin Olympic Stadium was a 77 metres high observation tower that was built in 1934 after plans by professor Werner March. The steel skeleton construction was covered with limestone plates.

      After the Second World War the Soviet troops accidentally set the tower’s contents on fire and it was no longer stable. Therefore the British engineers blown it up in 1947. The Olympic Bell – weighing 9.6 tons, survived the fire and remained in its place in the tower – fell 77 metres, cracked and has been unable to sound since then. In 1956 the bell was rescued, only in order to be used as a practice target for shooting with anti-tank ammunition. The old bell survives to this day and serves now as a memorial.

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      KPM BERLIN Germany 1936 OLYMPIC GAMES BELL III REICH WW2
      For sale is a porcelain bell with original wood base made by KPM Porcelain factory for the 1936 Olympic games in Berlin.
      Brandenburger Tor and German Eagle with Olympic rings, 1-16 August, 1936. 11 Olympische Spiele Berlin. Ich Rufe Die Jugend Der Welt
      Perfect condition
      Marked inside with blue sceptre sign.
      Size: Bell: h: 12 cm, d: 10 cm

      Porcelain replica sold as a souvenir at the games. (Note: The clapper is missing.)

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/KPM-BERLIN-Germany-1936-OLYMPIC-GAMES-BELL-III-REICH-WW2-/110796266120?pt=Antiques_Decorative_Arts&hash=item19cbf8da88

      Note: One of these sold for $65 at the ABA Convention in St Louis last year, where the REAL bargains are.

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      79b – 1950 BERLIN LIBERTY BELL

      Wikipedia: The Liberty Bell (in German, Freiheitsglocke) in Berlin, Germany, is a bell that was given as a gift from Americans to the city of Berlin in 1950 as a symbol of the fight for freedom and against communism in Europe, and was inspired by the American Liberty Bell. Since 1950, the bell has been located in the Rathaus Schöneberg, the former city hall of West Berlin.

      The 10-ton bell arrived from the British foundry of Gillett and Johnston to a ticker tape parade in New York City. It carries the inscription That this world under God shall have a new birth of freedom. The bell subsequently visited 21 American cities, and people in every state were encouraged to sign a “Declaration of Freedom”. 16 million signatures from American citizens were collected and are enshrined in Berlin along with the bell. The bell then traveled to Berlin, and was permanently installed in the West Berlin city hall on United Nations Day, October 24, 1950. More than 400,000 Berliners, some 100,000 of them having risked crossing the border from East Berlin, filled the square before the city hall (now John-F.-Kennedy-Platz) to witness the dedication ceremonies. General Clay gave a speech and pushed the button that started the bell ringing. Its deep tones were heard throughout East Berlin and into East Germany. The East German communist party launched a noisy demonstration several miles from the dedication site, and party propagandists denounced the Freedom Bell as a “war bell”, a “hunger bell” and a “death bell”. Communist central committee member Hans Jendretzky warned: “The rope of the death bell will become the gallows rope for those who ring it.”

      The Governing Mayor of West Berlin, Ernst Reuter (SPD), declared that Germany “will never rest or relax until freedom will shine over the countries of Eastern Europe that are at present forced to live in slavery”.

      The bell is rung daily at noon, and at midnight on Christmas Eve and on New Year’s Eve.

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      Goebel Porzellan Berliner Freiheitsglocke / Berlin / Glocke
      Berliner Freiheitsglocke – Umlaufendes Schriftband: “That this world under God shall have a new birth of freedom” – gemarkt GOEBEL, mit der blauen Marke von 1960 – 1972
      Höhe 9 cm – Durchmesser 9 cm – unbeschädigt.

      Goebel Porcelain Berlin Liberty Bell / Berlin / bell
      Berlin Liberty Bell – Circumferential inscription: “That this world under God shall have a new birth of freedom” – GOEBEL, with the blue mark of 1960 – 1972
      Height 3.6 in – 3.6 in diameter – undamaged.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/170698733229?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

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    • #15189
      halanb
      Participant

      80a – ANTIKE Tischklingel Klingel Hotelklingel verg. Messing Perlmuttschalen Marmor
      Tischklingel aus der Zeit um 1890 !!!
      Die Klingel hat einen weißen runden Marmorsockel.
      Darauf befindet sich eine durchbrochen gearbeitete goldene Messingmontierung.
      An der Montierung sind zur Verschönerung 3 Perlmuttschalen mit Randverzierung.
      Zwischen den Schalen befinden sich Weinreben.
      Der Schlegel ist ebenfalls vergoldet und läuft in eine ringförmige Handhabe aus. Der Schlegel ist auf einer Halbkugel befestigt. Verschönt ist der Schlegel durch einen halbplastischen Vogel.
      Am Marmorsockel befindet sich ein Abplatzer.
      Die Tischklingel funktioniert.
      Ausgefallenes Zier- und Sammlerobjekt !!!
      Sehr guter Zustand mit altersbedingten Gebrauchsspuren.
      Maße ca: Höhe 11,5 cm, Dm Sockel 8 cm

      ANCIENT table bell, hotel bell. Brass Mother of Pearl shells, marble base.
      Table bell dating back to 1890!
      The ring has a round white marble base.
      Then there is a pierced gold brass mounting.
      To the Mount for beautification are three pearl shells with border decoration.
      Between the shells are vines.
      The flail is also gilded and ends in a ring-shaped handle. The flail is mounted on a hemisphere. Schlegel is embellished by a semi-plastic birds.
      On marble base is a flaking.
      The table doorbell works.
      Unusual decorative and collector’s item!
      Very good condition with age-related wear.
      Approximate measurements: height 11.5 cm (4.6 in), 8 cm (3.2 in) diam base.

      These are often called a Shell Bell, Boudoir Bell, or French Slave Call Bell. All might be considered apt except for the Slave part. These bells were made in Europe, probably France, in the late 19th Century, probably 95% remained in Europe, and had nothing to do with summoning a slave servant in mid-century New Orleans.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/160712829853?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

      There are two versions of these bells. The first type uses mussel shells like the one above. The second type has pictures under glass, like those below.

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      80b – Bronze / Brass Bell ~ FRENCH PEASANT MAN ~ Unique & Rare ~ MUST SEE
      ~ French Peasant Man ~ Extremely Rare?
      Very Old!
      This auction is for the Man Only. I also have his wife only in another auction. The last of my pictures show what they would look like together.
      This bell is beautifully modeled of the head and shoulder. Realistic facial details. Said to be the artist interpretation of the couple in the famous painting called ‘The Angelus’ or ‘The Gleaners’. They are the poor peasants standing in their wheat field with their hands folded in prayer (according to the note card,)
      Whether he is brass or bronze, he is very heavy and thick walled. He measures 4″ tall x 3-1/4″ wide. Very loud ring. The clapper hangs just below the base. This bell (according to the note card) was purchased for Lois Springer and sold later by Lois Springer. Evidently shown in Hobbies magazine Dec. 1958 & Apr. 1944.

      80c – Bronze / Brass Bell ~ FRENCH PEASANT LADY ~ Unique & Rare ~ MUST SEE
      ~ French Peasant Lady ~ Extremely Rare?
      Very Old!
      This auction is for the LADY ONLY.. I also have her husband only, in my another auction. The last of my pictures show what they would look like together.
      This bell is beautifully modeled of the head and shoulder. Realistic facial details. Said to be the artist interpretation of the couple in the famous painting called ‘The Angelus’ or ‘The Gleaners’. They are the poor peasants standing in their wheat field with their hands folded in prayer (according to the note card,)
      Whether she is brass or bronze, she is very heavy and thick walled. She measures 4″ tall x 3-1/4″ wide. Very loud ring. The clapper hangs just below the base. This bell (according to the note card) was purchased for Lois Springer and sold later by Lois Springer. Evidently shown in Hobbies magazine Dec. 1958 & Apr. 1944.

      Well, okay, depends how liberal you will be with the definitions of Rare, Unique, and Very Old. I see them for sale in Europe about once a month. Probably brass, sand cast, acceptable but not great details, relatively crude finishing (note the porosity in places and the rough grinding on the clappers).

      These show what happens when two determined bidders must have something.
      I would value them at about $75 each.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/290655569289?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/290655572649?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

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    • #15191
      halanb
      Participant

      No interesting bells this week, so bell related items.

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      81a – Bronze Schildkröte Tischklingel Klingel Zierobjekt SAMMLER!!!
      Ausgefallene Tischklingel aus Bronze !!!!
      Eine tolle Klingel aus Bronze in Schildkrötenform.
      Reste der Vorrichtung zum klingeln von unten sichtbar, muss wieder hergerichtet werden. So als Zierobjekt nutzbar. Der Zustand ist sehr gut, der Kopf beweglich.
      SAMMMLERSTÜCK !!!!.
      Maße ca.: Länge 9 cm , Breite 6,2 c

      Bronze tortoise, table bell ringer, decorative object, COLLECTORS TAKE NOTE!!!
      Fancy table bell made ​​of bronze!!
      A great bronze bell in the form of a turtle.
      Remains of the device to ring visible from below, must be re-wired. It is as is an ornamental object. The condition is very good, the head still moves.
      COLLECTOR’S ITEM !!!!.
      Approximate dimensions: length 3.6 in, width 2.5 in

      Another turtle bell, but different than ones seen previously. Those were all windup mechanical bells, where this one is a bell push as may be seen in Pic 3. Note that the tail is a solid casting, so it will make electrical contact and ring only when the head is pressed. Note also the two threaded holes, which may indicate that at one time it was attached to a base.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/130629253352?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

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      82b – Brass Bell / Lady Bell Collectors! Inkwell shaped like a Welsh Lady
      These ladies were originally bells but this one has been made into an inkwell instead!
      Raise her hat to reveal the inkwell.
      Great detail.

      A common Martha Gunn bell, probably a factory conversion. Pearson Page were always on the lookout for different ways to offer their products. Many of the handles on figural bells were also used on other items.

      Fortunately this inkwell still has the porcelain liner, which are often broken or missing. In that case, the seller will claim that it is an easy replacement. Yeah, well, good luck with that!

      This item again shows that the Brits were very fond of polishing brass objects. They were less fond of making sure all the excess polish was removed. A simple wipe with a rag just won’t do it. After polishing, you need to scrub with warm soapy water and a hand brush or toothbrush.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/370577234224?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

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      81c – Large Hall Marked Silver Novelty Bell Shape Inkwell Birmingham 1937
      A large hall marked sterling silver bell shape inkwell complete with its original glass liner. Hall marks for Birmingham 1937. Good novelty silver bell of good gauge. Loaded for stability and with a faux tortoiseshell base. Inscription to front but could easily be erased or removed since it is not too deep. Large size unusual novelty bell inkwell weighing 546 grams and measuring approx 4.5″ high base dia 4″.

      Probably a gift for a 25th wedding anniversary.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/250968387485?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

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    • #15192
      halanb
      Participant

      82a – R.A.F. Commemorative Bell, from shot down enemy planes.
      Item specifics:
      Condition: Used Type: R.A.F.Bell
      Service: Air Force Era: 1914-1945
      Country/ Organization: Great Britain Conflict: World War II (1939-1945)

      A Bell, aprox 5″, Cast from metal from German aircraft destroyed over Britain 1939–1945. For the RAF Benevolent Fund. With Churchill, Roosevelt, and Stalin. With clapper.

      The base is similar to most of these RAF/Victory/Benevolent Fund bells, but the handle is a less common type. Most have a flattened oval shape to the handle with a protruding “V” on each side. This one is sometimes called a “mushroom” handle, with a protruding “V” on the circular top and a dot-dot-dot-dash pattern.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/300653763508?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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      82b – Tischklingel Gruenderzeit Um 1880-1900-Spinnrad-funktioniert-Metall Vernickelt
      Schöne Metalltischklingel als Spinnrad gestaltet.Um 1880-1900.Aus Nachlass eines Fabrikanten.Metall muss Poliert werden.

      Table or Desk bell. Circa 1880-1900, works correctly, a spinning wheel, nickel plated
      Beautiful metal table bell representing a spinning wheel. Around 1880-1900. From the estate of a craftsman. Metal needs to be polished.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/250974902820?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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      82c – Fantastic 19th Century Gilt Bronze Ormolu Hand Bell Figural Big Game Hunting
      A fantastic 19th century Victorian era bronze hand bell. Ornately cast with a figural handle and images of elephants around the bell interspaced with vines leaves and grapes. Fantstic detail and clearly a big game hunting theme. The handle being a male figure holding a gun. Gilt ormolu details against a patinated bronze background. A very nice antique bell possibily originating from the Netherlands or Germany or Austria in the late 19th century / early 20th century when big game hunting was at its height. See photos for the excellent quality and detail . In good condition but unfortunately missing the clapper but considered to be an easy replacement. The screw fixing is still in place. Approx 5.75″ high.

      An exceptional figural bell, that I wish were mine.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/350525605457?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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    • #15193
      halanb
      Participant

      Some problem children

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      82d – 1800s large brass lady bell hemony 6.5″ high very heavy old patina
      Large old brass lady bell weighs 1.4 kg and measures 6.5″ inches high. There is no clapper in her as the steel holder cast into the bell has rusted away over the years. There are tiny traces of gold or bronze gilt still on the bell that when flicked rings loud and clear. A nice addition to any vintage lady bell collection.

      Seller says first half of the 19th century. My guess is last half of the 20th century. The large Hemony bells made by Pearson Page are uniformly well done. There have been some recent copies, and this is the poorest copy that I have ever seen.

      Yes, it is about half the usual price for this bell. Is that cheap enough to ignore the deficiencies?
      Buyer’s choice.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/250984200070?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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      82e – VINTAGE, RARE, CARL WAGNER, BRONZE ELEPHANT BELL, WITH FOOT CLAPPER, #69/500
      This is a Bronze sculpture made by Carl Wagner
      Produced in 1978, signed by C. Wagner and numbered 69/500 on the underside of the bell
      This awesome bronze Elephant bell measures: 6 1/2″ tall, 6 1/4″ wide from ear to ear.
      Weighs just under 5 lbs. Very detailed and the clapper is an Elephants foot
      This is 34 years old and has Oxidation and marks on it from use.
      Carl Wagner unexpectedly passed away last year at the age of 72. So this will certainly be increasing in value.

      This is a genuine Carl Wagner bell, no problems with provenance. However, the bell is from Florida and appears to have considerable verdigris (chloride corrosion). If the buyer likes the color or is willing to accept it, then s/he got about a 25% discount on the normal price. If the buyer wishes to remove the corrosion, that can sometimes be difficult.

      The prices of Wagner bells have been falling, and sales in the past six months have mostly been in the $225 – $250 range.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/250983153876?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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      82f – RARE BRASS DOUBLE HEMISPHERE COUNTER-TOP BELL – 7″TALL – V.G. COND – VERY LOUD
      Here is a really charming and most unusual old brass counter top bell. It is mounted on a marble base and stands 7″ tall and 4 1/4″ wide. The bell is in great shape and works fine. It is actually quite loud. There appear to be two separate halves to the bell and two separate “dingers” that work on gravity as the bell is rotated on the side axis. The bell looks like it could be easily dissambled for repair or cleaning although I have not tried to do so. It is quite possible that this piece was originally silver plated as there appear to be some traces of silver left. Now there is just some patina on the brass. The marble base measures approximately 3 1/4 x 3 1/8″ and there is a 1″ chip on the bottom edge of one side. My best guess is that this bell was probably used on a hotel registration desk or someplace similiar.

      No real problems, often found in this condition, a nice bell, but somewhat overpriced in my opinion.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/260946187478?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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    • #15194
      halanb
      Participant

      83a – Alte Wiener Bronze ” Glas Glocke m.Eule und Totenkopf
      Eine sehr seltene alte Wiener Bronze mit violetter Glasglocke ,
      Auf der Glocke sitzt eine Eule auf gekreuzten Knochen um diese ist eine Schlange gewunden die in die Öffnung der Glocke kriecht und den Schädel mit einem Biss hält
      Das ganze ist ca. 10 cm hoch
      Der Zustand ist gut bis sehr gut ,bis auf Farbfehlstellen am Schädel
      Sehr seltenes Stück
      Das violette Glas ist unbeschädigt ,siehe Fotos

      Old Vienna bronze glass bell with owl and skull
      A very rare old Viennese bronze with violet glass bell
      The bell has an owl that sits on crossed bones, there is a snake for the clapper wire
      holding the eye ring of the skull clapper.
      The whole thing is about 10 cm (4 in) high
      The condition is good to very good, other than some paint loss of the skull
      Very rare piece
      The violet glass is intact, see photos

      http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=160727444210

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      83b – SUPERBE CLOCHE DE TABLE SONNETTE DE TABLE CRISTAL BACCARAT FLEUR DE LYS BLASON
      SUPERBE CLOCHE DE TABLE EN CRISTAL ROUGE
      c’est peut-être Baccarat mais elle n’est pas signée
      Sa prise est en forme de fleur de Lys avec un chien (peut-être un Blason)
      Elle est en bon état
      La cloche mesure 13cm de hauteur / 4,5cm de coté
      La prise seule mesure 5,5cm de haut / 4cm de large

      SUPER BELL BELL TABLE TABLE BACCARAT CRYSTAL LILY MOTIF
      SUPER BELL TABLE IN RED CRYSTAL
      This is perhaps Baccarat but it is not signed
      The handle is in the shape of a Fleur de Lys with a dog (perhaps a mink)
      It is in good condition
      The bell measures 13 cm (5.2 in) high / 4.5 cm (1.8 in) square
      Handle itself measures 5.5 cm (2.2 in) high / 4 cm (1.6 in) wide

      http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=110814056435

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      83c – RARE 19/20THc ANTIQUE BRONZE MECHANICAL COUNTER TWIST BELL OF HEN ON NEST FORM

      VERY RARE BEAUX ARTS ERA LATE 19THC TO EARLY 20THC MECHANICAL TWIST COUNTER SERVANTS OR HOTEL BELL. COMES FROM AN INTERESTING ESTATE COLLECTION FROM A MEXICO CITY FAMILY THAT LIVES IN SA PART OF THE TIME. THEY SAY THAT THAT BELL WAS A GIFT FROM A BUSINESS COLLEAGUE WHO TRAVELED THE WORLD. THE BELL IS OF VERY GOOD QUALITY AND AN ABSOLUTE ANTIQUE PROBABLY OF FRENCH OR AUSTRIAN ORIGIN; IT IS NOT A MODERN REPRO PIECE, OF THAT I CAN ASSURE YOU.

      THE BELL IS IN GENERALLY VERY GOOD CONDITION WITH SOME LIGHT SURFACE WEAR. THE TWIST MECHANISM WORKS LIKE A CHARM AND MAKES A RICH SOUND. ALL IN ALL, ANOTHER SPECIAL FIND BEING OFFERED EXCLUSIVELY ON EBAY

      MEASURES ABOUT 5.5″L X 4.5″T X 4″D

      http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=140695195469

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    • #15195
      halanb
      Participant

      83d – TWO CHINESE EXPORT POLYCHROME DECORATED POTTERY NODDING HEAD FIGURES

      TWO CHINESE EXPORT POLYCHROME DECORATED POTTERY NODDING HEAD FIGURES
      19TH CENTURY AND RE-DECORATED
      EACH WITH DETACHABLE WEIGHTED HEAD AND ORNATE ROBES
      11½ IN. (29 CM.) HIGH

      (TOGETHER WITH A CHINESE EXPORT POLYCHROME-DECORATED POTTERY FIGURE,
      19TH CENTURY — 9 IN. (23 CM.) HIGH)

      Sold as antique figures, but not pitched to bell collectors.

      http://www.christies.com/lotfinder/two-chinese-export-polychrome-decorated-pottery-nodding/5532013/lot/lot_details.aspx?from=salesummary&intObjectID=5532013&sid=e2692cc8-49a9-4c3e-82ff-2778df47a38e

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    • #15196
      halanb
      Participant

      84a – RARITÄT! Golfspieler/Golfball als Tischglocke, Bronze, Dunlop, wohl 50er Jahre
      Höhe ca. 9,0 cm, guter, altersüblicher Zustand, normale Alters- und Gebrauchsspuren.

      RARITY! Golfer/golf ball as a dinner bell, bronze, Dunlop, 1950s
      Height 9.0 cm (3.6 in), good old common condition, normal age and wear.

      Many metal bell collectors have one of these, or have at least seen it. The figure of a golf caddie was used to advertise Dunlop golf products. The seller believes it is from the 1950s, but this one dates back to c. 1920 and has the inscription “Dunlop 31” on front and rear. This original version is very hard to find and is almost never encountered. Copies were made in England after WW2 and have the inscription “Tubal Cain” on the rear of the golf ball. Later unmarked copies were made in the Orient and in the USA.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/300660881941?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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      84b – Huge Paolo Soleri Cosanti Arcosanti Bronze Bell Sculptured Garden Metal Windbell
      A used large and beautiful Soleri Bronze bell with an spectacular patina of golds and greens, please see photos on diferent lights to appreciate the colors on the bell and sculpture. Please see photos for the initials of P.S. for Paolo Soleri, also see logo. The bell is 5 1/4″ high by 5 1/2″ wide and the total length is 24″ from the tip of the hanger to the end of the fin.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/270908129909?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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      The 2012 ABA Convention will held in Scottsdale AZ
      from Wednesday – Saturday, June 27-30

      https://www.americanbell.org/convention/2012/index.htm

      An optional guided tour of the Cosanti facilities, including a bronze pour, will be offered on Tuesday, June 26.

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    • #15197
      halanb
      Participant

      85a – Bronze Viking Bell By John McCombie Very Limited Wonderful
      You are bidding on an awesome bronze viking bell. This was made by John Mc Combie of Pennsylvania. John has great detail in his bells, with terrific patina. This is signed on the inside, and numbered. This is 27/75, so you can see this is very limited. The clapper is the viking’s boot. This weighs two pounds. The height is 5 1/2″, and the base diameter is 3″.

      McCombie bells are rarely offered for sale, and are always in demand. The Viking bell was issued in 2001.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/160738204333?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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      85b – Set of 6 Gorham Silver Bells – The Great Women of European History
      Up for auction is a set of 6 Gorham silver plated bells featuring the great women of European history.
      The wooden bases need to be re-stained; some of the name plates have some corrosion and need to be re-glued; the bells themselves need to be polished, but I don’t know if this will bring them back to their original state since some look like pitting has begun. Nonetheless, this is still a nice set and some restoration effort can be well worth it.

      The set “Women Who Changed The Course Of History” was issued one at a time in the 1970s at an original price of $75 each. Many sets have come on the market in recent years, and a complete set may now sell in the $300 – $350 range. These bells are tarnished, but probably should clean up nicely.

      The seller had some of the bells on the wrong bases, but the two below
      (Marie de Medici & Mary, Queen of Scots) are correctly identified.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/230747290727?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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      85c – VERRY RARE JUGENDSTIL Heavy Brass Table Bell TOP
      Height, Hoog, Hauteur, : 6.10 inch / 15.50 cm.
      Diameter, Diameter, diameter: 4.52 inch / 11.50 cm.
      Color, Kleur, Couleur: brass nice original patina.
      MATERIAL: Brass.
      MARKED : No.
      CONDITION: Fantastic condition with minor signs of use.

      An unusual bell in that the lady figure is the same as the Hemony Sad-Faced Queen. The base is completely different and may have a Dutch inscription. I have never seen this bell previously.

      I had featured it in “They Gotta Be Kidding” when it was offered at $1950. The asking price has dropped several times in recent months. Someone finally made an offer that was accepted.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/150757470074?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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    • #15198
      halanb
      Participant

      86a – Seltene und schöne Messing Tischklingel mit Porzellanei, Russland?
      Sehr seltene Tischklingel / Tischglocke für Bedienstete
      stammt wohl aus einem alten Damenzimmer und womöglich aus Russland
      Die Klingel hat einen tollen hellen Klang und funktioniert einwandfrei.
      Schöne Handwerkskunst aus Messing, daß handbemalte Ei ist aus Porzellan und ebenfalls in Messing gefasst.
      Nur bei genauem Hinsehen erkennt man einen Haarriss sonst keinerlei Beschädigungen gefunden.
      Höhe gesamt ca. 13cm, Das Ei ist ca. 8cm groß und ca. 4,3cm im Durchmesser
      Die Klingel ist ca. 6,5cm im Durchmesser.

      Rare and beautiful brass table bell with Porcelain, Russia?
      Very rare desk bell / desk bell for staff, probably comes from an old ladies’ room, and possibly from Russia.
      The bell has a nice bright sound and works fine.
      Beautiful craftsmanship in brass with hand-painted porcelain egg and also made ​​of brass.
      Only on closer inspection you can see a hairline crack found no other damage.
      Total height about 13 cm (5.2 in). The egg is about 8 cm (3.2 in) tall and approximately 4.3 cm (1.7 in) in diameter. The bell is about 6.5 cm (2.5 in) in diameter.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/320848290898?ru=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%3A80%2Fsch%2Fi.html%3F_from%3DR40%26_trksid%3Dp3984.m570.l1313%26_nkw%3D320848290898%26_sacat%3DSee-All-Categories%26_fvi%3D1&_rdc=1

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      86b – Unusual Late 19th Century Japanese Lizard Decorated Table Bell
      Unusual Late 19th Century Japanese table bell with bronze lizard decorated handle.
      Beautifully crafted from a selected wooden branch/root & decorated with little bronze caps & the most beautiful cast bronze lizard.
      Condition is really excellent with lovely natural patina.
      One of the lizard’s green glass eyes is missing & a couple of the little root end caps are missing also.
      Really unusual high quality item in good working order.
      Please see detailed pictures for condition overall.
      Size: 27 cm (10.8 in) high x 7.8 cm (3 in) bell mouth diameter.
      Weight: 248.4 grams (9 oz).

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/170787598720?ru=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%3A80%2Fsch%2Fi.html%3F_from%3DR40%26_trksid%3Dm570.l2736%26_nkw%3D170787598720%26_fvi%3D1&_rdc=1

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      86c – Antique Majolica Black Child Bell
      I am selling a great old Continental piece of Majolica. It is the figure of a Black child. She is also a bell which is approximately 8 1/2″ tall. The clapper has a wooden ball but I am doubtful that it is original as the metal is shiny. The condition of this piece is very good. It is slightly rough on the edges of the dress but there are no chips or cracks. The numbers on her are 405 0 and 54. I do not know the country of origin.

      http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&_rdc=1&_trksid=p4340.l2557&item=270914975129&nma=true&rt=nc&ru=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%3A80%2Fsch%2Fi.html%3F_from%3DR40%26_trksid%3Dp3984.m570.l1313%26_nkw%3D270914975129%26_sacat%3DSee-All-Categories%26_fvi%3D1&si=r3ieg7ioMlWMUk6%252FEAdguXpJYlw%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc

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    • #15199
      halanb
      Participant

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      87a – CA 1880 PHEASANT on TREE call, table, counter, desk spring flick bell (pitakat)

      British registry mark is very obscure, but our other one shows the date of May 7, 1880, so we assume the same for this. Odd looking clapper, but we have another one of these fitted with the exact same.
      Good condition- no damage. 4-3/4″ high x 3-3/4″ diam. (approx.)

      http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&_trksid=p4340.l2557&hash=item3cc27b5ab0&item=260960901808&nma=true&pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&rt=nc&si=r3ieg7ioMlWMUk6%252FEAdguXpJYlw%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc

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      87b – CAT & 3 KITTENS bronze/brass table desk counter NODDER bell (pitakat)

      Original correct flat clapper. No marks. Good sound. Good detail. Nods but not with a great deal
      of to & fro because of the large clapper hitting the inside of the bell.
      Good condition- no damage. 3-5/8″ high x 2-3/4″ diam. (approx.)

      http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&_trksid=p4340.l2557&hash=item3cc287ff1a&item=260961730330&nma=true&pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&rt=nc&si=r3ieg7ioMlWMUk6%252FEAdguXpJYlw%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc

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      87c – Early 1900s MUNICH CHILD wall hanging electric servant bell push (pitakat)

      Depicts das Münchner Kindl of Germany. Bronze-finished spelter (white metal). Great detail.
      Pictured in Lange’s “Electrishe Tischklingeln”, pg 124. Original interior push mechanism.
      Good condition- no damage. 3-1/4″ high x 1-1/4″ diam. (approx.)

      http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&_trksid=p4340.l2557&hash=item3cc2884477&item=260961748087&nma=true&pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&rt=nc&si=r3ieg7ioMlWMUk6%252FEAdguXpJYlw%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc

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    • #15200
      halanb
      Participant

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      87d – Rare SITTING MANDARIN bronze plunge counter call table desk bell (pitakat)

      Highly detailed figure. Plunge bells operate by a steady push down on the top.
      An internal spring winds up and suddenly releases the clapper to ring the bell.
      Arms move slightly, but this has nothing to do with the operation of the bell.
      Very heavy black base looks and feels like marble, but we’re not sure.
      See Dorothy Anthony’s “World of Bells No. 4” plate 16 for another.
      Good condition- no damage. 5″ high x 4-1/2″ diam. (approx.)

      http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&_trksid=p4340.l2557&hash=item33721c3ba3&item=220957784995&nma=true&pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&rt=nc&si=r3ieg7ioMlWMUk6%252FEAdguXpJYlw%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc

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      87e – Bicentennial Bronze Liberty Bell by Whitechapel Foundry Limited Edition

      This wonderful bell was produced for the The Liberty Bell Foundation of Boston, Massachusetts by the Whitechapel Bell Foundry of London, England, the foundry which cast the original liberty bell in 1752.

      Made to the original designs of that foundry for the Liberty Bell cast there in 1752, this limited edition 1/5th scale model replica, is one of the 2,400 numbered and registered commemorative edition bells produced between 1968-1976. Approx 300 bells were produced each years which makes this one ( Number 669) circa 1970’s.

      There are two sterling silver plaques with inscriptions on the bell. the standard plaque on the front reads “Cast by theWhitechapel Bell Foundry, London, to the original design of the Liberty Bell Cast by Them on the Same Site in the Year of Our Lord 1752.”
      The other reads “Lewis B. Phrady, Francis Lewis N.Y, John Morton Philadelphia”

      The bell weighs a hefty 27 lbs, is in amazing condition and measures 15 inches high by 9 1/2 inches in diameter, on a 13 by 13 inches base.

      From the Whitechapel foundry website:
      The Whitechapel Foundry’s connection with the Liberty Bell was reestablished in 1976, the year of the US Bicentennial.

      First, there was a group of about thirty or so ‘demonstrators’ from the Procrastinators Society of America who mounted a mock protest over the bell’s defects and who marched up and down outside the Foundry with placards proclaiming WE GOT A LEMON and WHAT ABOUT THE WARRANTY?. We told them we would be happy to replace the bell – as long as it was returned to us in its original packaging.

      Concurrently (ie. from about 1968 to 1976) we also produced around fifteen full-size, twenty four hundred one-fifth size, and two hundred one-ninth size replicas of the bell for the Boston-based Limited Editions Collectors Society of America Inc.

      Finally, and most pleasingly, Whitechapel was also commissioned to cast the 12,446lb Bicentennial Bell that year, which now resides in Philadelphia with its illustrious predecessor and which bears the inscription:

      FOR THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
      FROM THE PEOPLE OF BRITAIN
      4 JULY 1976
      LET FREEDOM RING

      http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&_trksid=p4340.l2557&item=380412066994&nma=true&rt=nc&si=r3ieg7ioMlWMUk6%252FEAdguXpJYlw%253D&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWAX%3AIT&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc

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      87f – Figürliche Tischglocke
      Wien, um 1920, innen undeutl. sign., Bronze grünlich patiniert sowie Elfenbein geschnitzt, Darstellung einer jungen Rokokodame mit entblößtem Oberkörper und kurzem Haarschopf, sich lasziv im Tanz nach hinten neigend, fkt.-tüchtig, Elfenbein mit Altersspuren, H 7,5 cm.

      Figural Table Bell
      Vienna, around 1920. Green patinated bronze and ivory carved depiction of a young lady of Rococo style, stripped to the waist and short hair, dancing lasciviously in a backward leaning position.
      Ivory with signs of age, H 7.5 cm ( 3 in).

      The link below shows the auction catalog listing and the opening bid price in Euros.
      Note that there is an additional buyer’s premium of 23%.
      The auction house has not posted sales results.
      Manfred has contacted the auction house in Germany and reports that the bell did not sell.

      http://www.mehlis.eu/auktionskataloge/6512/objekte/0003208

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    • #15201
      halanb
      Participant

      Many of the bells in the previous sections have been “high-dollar” items – nice to own but expensive to purchase. It can be equally satisfying to sort through the trash and find a few treasures – bells which, in their own way, are among the best in their class but not necessarily expensive.

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      88a – Sonnette cloche de comptoir bureau / hotel chrome Art deco
      Acier tout chromé ,se remonte en tournant la cloche,sonne en appuyant sur le bouton rouge.
      Trés bon fonctionnement ,finition chrome brillant avec quelques piqures.
      Diamètre 10,5 cm. Hauteur : 5 cm

      Art Deco desk/office/hotel chrome bell.
      All chrome steel, wound by turning the bell, ringing by pressing the red button.
      Very smooth operation, polished chrome finish with a few nicks.
      Diameter 10.5 cm (4.2 in). Height: 5 cm (2 in).

      An Art Deco interpretation of a wind-up bell, with the simplified and sleek design of that period
      in which chrome was very popular (e.g., Chase Mfg items from the USA).

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/140708969295?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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      88b – ANCIENNE CLOCHE DE TABLE COMPTOIR OISEAU PERROQUET BRONZE ARGENTE ART DECO
      longueur : 9 cm diamétre : 6,2 cm bon état un peu désargenté sur la téte de l’oiseau

      OLD COUNTER/TABLE BELL, PARROT, SILVER BRONZE ART DECO
      Length: 9 cm (3.6 in), Diameter: 6.2 (2.5 in) cm, good condition, worn silver plating on the head of the bird

      Another nice Art Deco figural, often hard to find.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/320853892881?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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      88c – rare sonnette de table electrique en porcelaine GAY PERRIN 71chaussée d’Antin
      rare ancienne sonnette de table electrique en porcelaine, signée sous le socle (GAY PERRIN 71chaussée d’Antin), hauteur env 11cm ,diam socle 5,8cm env,restauration ancienne bras de la mandoline ,en bon etat d’usage

      unusual table bell electric porcelain GAY PERRIN 71chaussée d’Antin
      A rare old electric table bell push in porcelain, signed under the base (GAY PERRIN 71chaussée d’Antin), height approx 11 cm (4.4 in), approx 5.8 cm (2.3 in) diameter of the base, old repair to the arms of the mandolin, in good condition.

      Unusual to find a bell push with a porcelain figure. Note that she is standing next to a stump.
      This “triangulates” the figure, and makes it much more sturdy and shock resistant than if
      supported only by her two legs.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/251002723390?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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    • #15186
      halanb
      Participant

      89a – A WONDERFUL BRONZE DIVINATION BELL W INTERESTING DESIGN YORUBA TRIBE OF NIGERIA
      This is a wonderful 19thC divination bell from the Yoruba tribe of Nigeria.
      It has very unique and interesting form. There is a detailed face.
      The bottom of the bell has an open design.
      The patina is nicely developed. The bronze has darkened wth age. In good condition.
      The ringer is made of iron.
      We guarantee that this item has been tribally used.
      Height approx 15 cm (6 in)

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/120867849786?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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      89b – RARE – MERIDEN FIGURAL BELL – Girl Holding Plunger on Oval Base circa 1890
      A beautiful figural bell by Meriden in silverplate. A girl stands beside a bell with her hand on the plunger. When the plunger is tapped down, the bell rings – and makes a very nice, bold ring. A handle runs from one side to the other over top the girl and bell. The platform they sit on is oval in shape and is etched with a design on the front and back. The platform is footed. The girl is held on to the base by screws from underneath (one screw is missing) but she is held on by the other screw.
      Marked MERIDEN B. COMPANY in circle mark with scales on bottom. Also impressed #8
      Measures: 8 3/4 inches high x 6 1/2 inches wide x 4 inches deep.
      Excellent condition – Silver plating in excellent condition with no wear.

      We saw one of these previously in Part 28b-3, but, as robfromcanada pointed out,
      that one was missing the top loop.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/300669576060?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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      89c – MONUMENTALE CLOCHE ELEPHANT BRONZE, Paris, Sgn, XIXe. NOVELTY FRENCH HUGE BELL
      Voici une superbe clochette géante de comptoir ou de bureau, à bouton dissimulé dans le turban du cornac, en bronze fondu, joliment ciselé et gravé, à patine 2 couleurs, sur un socle ovale en marbre noir, une pièce très importante, environ 30cm x 30cm, pesant plus de 5 kilos! Bel objet Orientaliste, Epoque Napoléon III, la sonnette à remontoir, en bon état de marche, rend un son très agréable et continu, elle est signée JP Paris. C’est une pièce incroyable, un must pour collectionneurs, en vente pour 5 jours aux enchères, pas de buy it now.
      Dimensions: voir photos.
      Etat: Excellent, pas de défaut, la cloche sonne de façon très agréable…..

      MONUMENTAL BRONZE ELEPHANT BELL, Paris, Sgn, XIX. HUGE FRENCH BELL NOVELTY
      Here’s a great giant bell desk or office, hidden button in the turban of the mahout, cast bronze, beautifully chased and engraved, with two color patina on a black marble oval base, a very important piece, about 30cm x 30cm (12in x 12in), weighing over 5 pounds! Orientalist beautiful object, Napoleon III Period, wind-up bell, in good working order, makes a very pleasant and continuous ring, it is signed JP Paris. This is an incredible piece, a must for collectors, sold at auction for five days, no buy it now.
      Dimensions: see photos.
      Condition: Excellent, no defects, the bell sounds very nice …..No problems

      The mechanical bell mechanism is a standard item and used with a number of different mounts. The most common form is shown in the last two pictures, with a cylindrical base and a simple push mechanism, and usually sells in the $75 range.

      [http://www.ebay.com/itm/350541972924?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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    • #15203
      halanb
      Participant

      90a – GEORG JENSEN Solid STERLING Silver Bell
      The bell is quite plain with no fancy embossed decorations.
      The bell has been clearly hallmarked and reads as follows:- DENMARK Georg Jensen STERLING – JA 246.
      The bell measures 8.6 cm (3.5 in)to its highest point by 3.6 cm (1.5 in) in diameter and weighs 71 grams.

      Another of the Georg Jensen sterling bells, like Tiffany always in high demand,
      but probably purchased by silver collectors more than bell collectors.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/220962457977?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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      90b – Dutch Sterling Windmill Bell with Blow Pipe
      Sterling (833 standard) Dutch bell in the form of a windmill with a blow pipe to move the clock hands and windmill. 7 1/2″ tall. Dutch silver touch marks for 1925. Estate silver in superb condition with no missing or repaired parts.

      About the best I have seen in this size, complete with no missing parts,
      and with the unusual blow pipe feature.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/280837260984?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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      90c – Fabulous Antique English Figural Desk / Counter Bell – Dog & Hunting Bugle c1880
      One of the most wonderful desk bells I have had, highly sought-after, this hefty solid brass example has a clear hunting theme and would make a wonderful desk-top accessory. The bell is rung by the pressing down the lever to the side which then rings the bell, this one has the most wonderful crystal clear ring, a really good sound. The central column joining the bell to the base features a large hunting bugle topped with Oak leaves and acorns, through the centre of the bugle stands the regal looking hunting dog. Victorian in era, dating to around 1880, it remains in excellent condition. The base measuring 3 1/8″ in diameter and standing 7 3/8″ to top of finial.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/230758037568?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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    • #15100
      halanb
      Participant

      Two “bargains” and one fully priced.
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      91a – Very Very Rare Antique Vintage Old Ship Nautical or Hotel Bell The Ball Turns
      This auction is for an antique side twist style metal ship or nautical or desk/hotel bell. Measures approx. 6 1/2″ tall. Twist the either side knob and the middle, the whole round ball turns and makes the greatest sound ever.

      One of several mounting styles for this mechanical twist bell. Has some pitting but should polish and display nicely, and as the seller says “makes the greatest sound ever“. A must for any metal bell collector.

      Less than one third the price of a similar item in Part 82f.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/120872725368?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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      91b – CURIEUSE SONNETTE CLOCHE DE TABLE BRONZE DOREE
      Fonctionne par appui sur le chapeaux de la lampe a pétrole
      Objet dans son jus (voir photo)
      Hauteur : 17 cm – Diamètre table : 8 cm
      ( Objet en bel état d’origine et de qualité )

      UNUSUAL TABLE BELL, GOLDEN BRONZE
      Works by pressing the caps of the oil lamp
      Object with patina (see photo)
      Height: 17 cm (6.8 in) – Diameter table: 8 cm (3.2 in)
      (Item in good original condition and quality)

      Less than half the price of a slightly inferior version in Part 54a.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/110836504079?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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      91c – Rare Victorian Sterling Silver Novelty Table Bell Horse Racing Jockey Cap 1892
      Superb Victorian sterling silver novelty table bell, fully hallmarked for 1892.
      This is a lovely silver table bell in the form of a horse racing jockey’s cap.
      The silver cap has a fluted round ball button to the top which turns to ring the bell.
      The dome of the cap has five bands with pierced leaves and flowers – these bands allow the sound of the ringing bell to come out of the cover.
      The cap has a peak to the front with a rosette.
      The bell is mounted onto an oval black leather base with four silver horse shoes mounted at each side.
      The bell is 5-3/8 inches / 137 mm x 4-1/8 inches / 103 mm and it stands 3-1/4 inches / 82 mm high.
      The silver has hallmarks – lion passant, anchor for Birmingham, letter s for 1892 and maker’s mark H&T for Hilliard & Thomason.
      The bell is fully working and is in excellent condition with no dents. damage or repair.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/170794093062?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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    • #15206
      halanb
      Participant

      92a – ANCIENNE SONNETTE DE TABLE EN BRONZE NAPOLEON III
      Ancienne sonnette de table Napoléon III en bronze
      Fontionne
      Hauteur 20 cm

      OLD BELL TABLE BRONZE NAPOLEON III
      Antique bronze table bell from the period of Napoleon III (c. 1850-1870)
      Works satisfactorily
      Height 20 cm (8 in)

      Another of the mechanical bells where the top figure is a plunger to cock and fire the clapper.

      A relatively low price for one of these items.
      http://www.ebay.com/itm/290679720410?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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      92b – ANTIQUE 800 ITALIAN SILVER KINGDOM OF SARDINIA
      1824-1872 HAND HELD BELL

      800 silver Italian silver small hand held bell.
      The bell is hallmarked with the cross of St Maurice & Lazarus (800/1000 purity),
      and the dolphin mark for kingdom of Sardinia Genoa assay office used 1824 – 1872.
      The bell is in very good condition.
      The bell is about 8 cm (3.2 in) tall, and 4.7 cm (1.9 in) in diameter.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/251010431258?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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      92c – FINE STERLING SILVER INKSTAND WITH TWO INKWELLS AND BELL. 35 Oz. 15 in LENGTH

      DESCRIPTION: FINE STERLING SILVER INKSTAND WITH TWO INKWELLS AND BELL. THE INKSTAND IS GREAT AND VERY DECORATIVE. LEGS AND THE BASE IS DECORATED WITH VEGETAL MOTIFS. HAS TWO INKWELLS WITH COVER AND A BIRD UP. IN THE CENTER THERE IS A FIGURE OF A CHILD HOLDING THE BELL. GOOD CONDITION, BUT WITH HANDLE BELL A LITTLE TWIST. NO DINGS, NO DENTS, NO SCRATCHES.

      HALLMARKS:
      – 925 INSIDE IN A RECTANGLE IS THE MARK IN SPAIN FOR SOLID SILVER, 925 FINENESS. M1 ON TOP OF THE RECTANGLE, IS THE MARK OF ASSAYER THAT HAS CERTIFIED DE SILVER. M = MADRID. 1 = NUMBER OF LICENSE. PERIOD 1985 – TODAY.
      – GH IS SIVERSMITH MARK, GARRIDO HERMANOS. DATE: POST 1985.

      MEASURES: LENGTH………. 40 cm / 15.74 inch
      HEIGHT…….. 26.5 cm / 10.43 inch
      WIDTH……….. 24 cm / 9.44 inch

      WEIGHT: 1014 grams / 35.76 ounce / 32.60 troy ounce

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/300675329300?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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    • #15204
      halanb
      Participant

      93a – Good Antique Muffin Man Loud Call Hand Bell Brass Treen
      Antique. Late Victorian period, a Muffin vendors call hand bell.
      The brass bell formed in two half’s, each with a large center boss.
      The handle turned, light in colour wood.
      Fitted with brass collar, and brass finial, which is fitted with its suspension ring.
      Length 8.75″. Bell diameter 4″. Weight 608 grams.
      The bell when swung, rings VERY VERY LOUD.
      Condition: In superb original condition, no damage.

      The bells often have a slightly different tone, but are struck at the same time by the double clapper as may be seen in the second picture. There were some of these made in England, but this one looks like the one designed by Ezra Cone and made by Gong Bell Mfg Co in East Hampton Conn. See Part 14 for more information.

      These often sell on US eBay in the $150 – $250 range.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/190650280407?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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      93b – 19th c Antique Bronze Brass Iron MERIDEN HOTEL ROLLER DESK BELL w/ marble base
      This metal turning globe hotel desk bell measures approximately 6 ½” tall and 5″ wide from knob to knob. To operate you turn one of the knobs, the globe spins and the bell makes a wonderful rolling chime sound. This piece is weathered and aged with a nice patina. The condition is old and as you can see it tilts a bit and doesn’t rest flat because the bottom metal ring is slightly bent. There is a hairline crack along with some fleabites to the stone base. Still it would be a nice piece to your collection.

      This is similar to the bell in Part 91a, but with a cast iron mounting bracket. The seller says it is “weathered and aged with a nice patina“, while I would characterize it as “rusty and scruffy” and in urgent need of some TLC. However, that is not hard to do.

      First, unscrew the two knobs and remove the bell, which will also unscrew. The knobs and bells will be chrome or brass, and can be polished. Second, unscrew the nut below the marble base to separate the ring and metal mounting plate. Be careful with the ring, as old cast iron can be rather fragile and could break if dropped or bent. Scrub the ring and remove any rust. Once cleaned, it can be oiled, coated with stove polish, or painted. Polish the mounting plate if it is chrome/brass, or treat it the same as the ring if it is iron. It should reassemble so it is vertical and centered on the marble base.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/190649858540?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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      93c – Green Transparent Glass Bell with Metal Circus Elephant Handle Made in France
      Up for auction is this very unusual transparent green glass bell that is topped by a hand painted circus elephant and that was made in France. The bell has a pine cone clapper. I believe based on the painting, construction and glass that this was made in the 1920s-30s. I have no way of knowing for certain though. The bell stands 3-1/2″ tall to the top of the elephant. It is 1-3/4″ across. The paint appears to be old and original to the piece. It is in excellent condition with no chips or cracks.

      On flint glass bells, the top figure and clapper are often coordinated. I don’t understand how an elephant and pine cone are associated, though a friend says he has one with the same combination.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/150776291962?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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    • #15207
      halanb
      Participant

      No interesting figural or figurine bells that I have found right now. The following are some wall-mounted bells, sometimes known as a Gate Bell or Monastery Bell. These larger ones often have a framework made of wrought iron and sheet metal construction. Smaller ones, of the types 94b and 94c, are often cast brass.

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      94a – ANTIQUE VICTORIAN WROUGHT CAST IRON RING OF BRASS BELL MECHANICAL WHEEL DOORBELL
      This rare antique victorian Ring of Bells was originally used to announce guests outside of a door before traditional doorbells. There is a handle that is used to make the wheel turn and ring the bells. It is very heavy wrought and cast iron. It is very large just shy of 28″ and the wheel itself without the bells is 11″ across.This is the largest one I have found online. There are 12 matching brass bells with only one missing ringer. There is a little surface rust on the interior of some of the bells that should polish out. Weight 7 lbs.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/270933290974

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      94b – ANTIQUE VINTAGE DINNER DOOR BELL GARDEN GATE BELL IRON BRASS JOINTED MAN DRAGON
      This is a great iron and I believe the bell is brass (but not sure) dinner-door-or garden gate bell. I purchased it at a mansion estate auction. There is like a demon or dragon head under the bell. The man’s arm is jointed so when you pull the metal rod his arm moves as though he is ringing the bell. It is such a beautiful work of art. I don’t now if the pulling rod with the hoop on the end is what was made for this bell but this is exactly how I bought it. The bell rings very loud. There is old black tape on the hoop puller ??? There is some pitting & rust that I tried to show in the photos so it would need to be cleaned up and repainted or you may like it just the way it looks now. I had much reservations about selling this because it truly is a work of art. It is VERY HEAVY. The measurements are about 7 1/2″ wide by 21″ tall (NOT COUNTING THE PULL ROD & HOOP) and 9″ deep.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/110834630558

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      94c – Antique Spanish Revival Arts & Crafts Wrought Iron Bell with Monk and Flowers
      This large wrought iron wall bell Circa 1930s measures 25″ tall including the chain, and juts out 14″ from the wall. The back plate measures 16.5″ and the entire piece weighs approximately 6 – 7 Lbs. There is some rust on sections as shown, and it could use a cleaning. I am unsure as to whether it has ever been painted or repainted.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/170793743535

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    • #15208
      halanb
      Participant

      95a – Cloche verre souvenir Bruxelles Belgique verrerie objets de vitrine
      Ancienne cloche en verre souvenir de Bruxelles d’époque fin XIXème siècle, bon état.
      Poids : 107 g
      Largeur : 6,5 cm
      Hauteur : 10,5 cm
      Garanti authentique, nous ne vendons pas de faux.

      Brussels Belgium souvenir glass bell glass objects of vertu
      Old glass bell, souvenir of Brussels from the period late nineteenth century, good condition.
      Weight: 107 gm (4 oz)
      Width: 6.5 cm (2.6 in)
      Height: 10.5 cm (4.4 in)
      Guaranteed authentic, we do not sell fakes.

      An interesting souvenir bell, c. 1900.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/400259316937

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      95b – Jolie sonnette de table ancienne couleur bronze et noire numérotée
      JOLIE SONNETTE DE TABLE ANCIENNE PEUT ETRE EN BRONZE ???
      HAUTEUR 14 CM
      NUMÉRO 781
      FONCTIONNE

      Pretty antique table bell, bronze and black, numbered.
      PRETTY ANTIQUE BELL TABLE, PERHAPS BRONZE??
      HEIGHT 14 CM (5.6 IN)
      NUMBERED 781
      WORKS PROPERLY

      Hard to tell just what it is from the first two pictures. The third picture shows it is an ordinary tap bell, with a harp that screws into the rounded base. Some simple adjustment to the harp should make the bell and base fit together more correctly than in the second picture.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/170802874386?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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      95c – CARL WAGNER LIMITED EDITION DALL RAM BRONZE MUG #142/1000 COPYRIGHT 1978
      UP FOR AUCTION IS A VERY NICE LIMITED EDITION CARL WAGNER BRONZE MUG…IT HAS A RAISED DALL RAM HEAD SCULPTED INTO THE MUG….VERY NICE DETAIL…IT IS BRONZE AND HAS A NICE WOODEN HANDLE…COPYRIGHTED 1978….#142/1000 LIMITED EDITION…MUG HEIGHT IS 4 1/4″…HANDLE HEIGHT IS 6″…FRONT TO BACK WIDTH IS 7″…3″ OPENING ON MUG….THE DETAIL IS EXCEPTIONAL…

      A companion piece to the popular Carl Wagner bronze bells, one of which also featured a Dall Ram. There were only about 20 different bells, all of which had animal figures, but there were 40-50 different mugs.
      Some of the mugs used the same animal figures as the bells. A few had additional animal figures not used on the bells, like the Cougar in picture 4. Some of the mugs had human figures, like the Skier in picture 5. There were also a few bronze thimbles (~1.5 in), very hard to find, like the Coyote in picture 6.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/150775442310?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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    • #15209
      halanb
      Participant

      96a – Original : Porte Montre à Sonnette et baguier du 19ème siècle
      Le porte montre avec sonnette est formé de deux coupelles en porcelaine peinte à décor de grisaille sur monture en métal doré.
      Une sonnette est fixée en dessous avec un balancier actionnant la sonnette.
      Le porte montre est en bon état, il y a un éclat à l’intérieur de la coupelle ovale.
      Largeur 17cm
      Profondeur 12,4cm
      Hauteur 16,4cm
      Poids 0,250kg

      Original: Bell with holders for watch and rings, from the 19th century
      The bell is formed with two porcelain bowls decorated with painted grisaille on gold metal frame.
      A bell is attached below with a lever to strike the bell.
      The item is in good condition, there is a glow inside the oval dish.
      Width 17cm (6.8in)
      Depth 12.4 cm (5in)
      Height 16.4 cm (3.4in)
      0.250 kg (9 oz) weight

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/260987315645

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      96b – Super interessante Tischglocke/Türglocke in Form einer Eule.
      Ein super schönes Sammlerstück und sehr selten zu bekommen.
      Messing mit Glasaugen.
      Höhe ca. 6 cm.
      Größe ca. 12,5 cm x ca. 12 cm.
      Leider hat jemand die Feder überzogen.
      Wenn sie sehr vorsichtig aufgezogen wird fängt sie an zu Klingeln.
      Läst sich sicherlich mit etwas Geschick reparieren.
      Eingeschaltet wird sie am Schnabel.
      Sie funktioniert als Tischglocke um die Frau heranzuholen oder als Türglocke,
      für den Besuch.

      Super interesting dinner bell / bell in the form of an owl.
      A super nice collectible and very rare to get.
      Brass with glass eyes.
      Height about 6 cm (2.5 in).
      Size approx 12.5 cm x 12 cm (5 in x 4.8 in).
      Unfortunately, someone has covered the spring.
      If it is pulled very gently it begins to ring.
      Nuisance repair may require some skill.
      The switch is the beak.
      It functions as a dinner bell to zoom in on the woman or as a door bell
      for the visit.

      There seem to be quite a few of these offered for sale recently, often with a Buy-It-Now price anywhere from $599 to $1599. A knowledgeable mechanical bell collector, Robfromcanada, warns that many of them are low quality reproductions, so Buyer-Beware. This appears to me to be one of the older ones, and sold at a relatively low price.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/170814526353

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      96c – FRENCH FLINT GLASS with bronze DEVIL figural handle and coordinated clapper
      The bell is square shaped green glass and probably made in France in the 19th century. The handle is a bronze Devil that is hand-painted and stands on a decorative metal disc. The coordinated metal clapper is in the shape of a pitchfork. The bell measures 4″ high and 1 3/4″ across.
      This piece is in excellent condition with no chips or cracks !

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/140730450823

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      96d – Rarest 19thC French Flint Lavender Glass/Sterling Bell-Chicken & Egg-Baccarat?
      You are viewing a fine and rare 19thC French flint lavender glass bell featuring a chicken handle and an egg clapper. The chicken seems to be enamel over silver. The clapper has the chicken leg coming down and holding an egg. The bell measures approximately 4.5″ tall and 2.25″ wide. The bell is unmarked except for the word “sterling” on the top of the bell. The bell is in excellent estate condition and has no chips, cracks, fleabites,etc.

      This is probably the most common of the flint glass bells. It was listed for less than one day, and sold with a Buy-It-Now.

      I have already used the allowed number of 3 links, but you can search eBay for item# 230771573938

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    • #15210
      halanb
      Participant

      97 – Saint Peter’s bell – Retrospective
      See also, L. Elsinore Springer, The Collector’s Book of Bells, pp100-101.

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      ALL BRASS BELL 5 1/4″ Tall Angels Saints Cupids Dolphins Intricate Roman
      * With an intricate raised design featuring saints, angels, cupids, and dolphins with swirling tails, this all-brass bell has a complex Roman look.
      * The bell from bottom to the top of its finial is 5 1/4″ tall. It has a 2 1/2″ clapper that makes a sonorous ring vs a soprano ping. The chime has a pleasant resonance.
      * This bell could use some additional careful polishing especially on the inside near the top, as shown in Image #4. Without any dents, nicks or scratches, it is in excellent condition.
      * With its elegance and religious theme, this bell will make a great Mother’s Day gift for any special mother in your life, whether she is your own, a grandmother, aunt, or even special neighbor! Or, it will be a fine thank-you gift for your host or hostess for including you at their Easter Dinner!

      Clearly, the seller has no clue what it is, but it is a Saint Peter’s bell in the usual form. There would have been a small cross on the top for a total height of 5.5″ but, like most of these bells as found, it has been broken off. This is the most common size, but they may occasionally be found from 4.5″ to 7.5″.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/300687247766

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      There is a version with an underplate, as shown in the next two pictures. The plate has what appears to be a dove in the center. Springer makes a big deal about “the fallen dove“, but a respected Church scholar has no idea what she was talking about.

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      The next set of pictures show two versions of the bell, each missing the cross. The version with the four cupids and more elaborate Pope’s Tiara is always the better of the two.


      (Photos courtesy of Carolyn Whitlock)

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      Several more versions are sometimes found.

      The first version with bell ropes in place of the tiara is the most elaborate and least seldom seen, and is found in two styles. In the first style the center of the ropes is hollow (notice that you can see light through it), while in the second style the center is solid. I suspect the second was a copy of the first, often a little smaller and with slightly inferior detail.

      The second version (no cupids) has a large cross. This particular copy appears reasonably well done, but often these are junk and not worth having.

      The third version (no cupids) has what appears to be something like a bottle opener on the top. The details are simplified and quality can vary widely.

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    • #15211
      halanb
      Participant

      98a – Antique French Figural Porcelain & Bronze Servant Maid Buzzer Service Call Bell
      Beautiful, figural servant call bell designed to sit table side for the lady or gentleman of wealth and taste to call for service. By pushing the button I assume that would activate a buzzer and Mr. French would come to your aid. The piece is in remarkable condition with no damage. It measures about 3 3/4” in height. Makers plate on the bottom Made in France Boler 237 Rue L Honore. Base is also stamped Made in France.

      A table-style bell push with porcelain figure, somewhat similar to the one in Part 88c.
      Relatively inexpensive for a bell push and an unusual item to add to a collection.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/160772612334

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      98b – VINTAGE ORIGINAL RICHARD FISHER BRONZE WIND BELL /W MAHOGANY WOOD FIN
      FOR SALE VINTAGE ORIGINAL RICHARD FISHER BRONZE WIND BELL WITH MAHOGANY WOOD FIN HUNG ON THE BRONZE ANCHOR. THE BELL HAS A VERY NICE RING TONE.
      THE BELL IS 2-1/4″ AND THE FULL LENGTH OF THE WIND BELL HANG IS 10″. THE BELL HAS SCRATCHES WARE,AND OXIDATION FROM THE OUTDOOR WEATHER. HAS A EYELET HOLE AT TOP TO HANG FROM STRING, WIRE,BRACKET OR A NAIL. HAS RICHARD FISHER STAMP AS I SHOW IN PHOTOS. EVERY THING IS BRONZE EXCEPT FOR THE WOOD FIN. THE WOOD FIN HAS FADED FROM THE WEATHER. THE WIND BELL WORKS AND SOUNDS GREAT. WILL SOUND NICE ON YOUR OUTSIDE PORCH, PATIO, GARDEN AREA OR POOL AREA.

      A Richard Fisher wind bell from U.S. Bells, a small, family-run enterprise in Prospect Harbor, Maine (usbells.com). Dick Fisher has been casting bronze bells, wind bells, and bell sculpture for over 40 years. Visitors are welcome.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/170812384720

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      98c – ww2 mess bell ? german or raf trench art doodlebug plane bomb? peenemunde

      Not sure which side made this – its some sort of desk ornament or mess bell on a bevelled wooden base – a brass bell mounted on an old rifle round with a wood made doodlebug flying bomb on brass take of rails attached to a brass plaque that simply reads – 1943 peenemunde -.
      The wood base measures 15 inches in length – the brass bell is held in place by the rifle bullet whitch itself is fixed into a square base –
      The brass rails are curved over and fixed into a mount to one end – the other end is fixed into a plate.
      The wooden doodlebug is all wood with metal supports for the thrust section.

      An item that fits the Trench Art category. Wikipedia definition:

      Trench art is commonly defined as any decorative item made by soldiers, prisoners of war or civilians, where the manufacture is directly linked to armed conflict or its consequences.

      Example of huge quantities of shell cases available. Common articles that this includes are decorated shell and bullet casings and items carved from wood and bone.

      To the uninitiated, all Trench Art, by definition, was made by a soldier sitting in a trench in France during the First World War, in the midst of a bombardment. To the cynics, it was all made in the 1920s by enterprising French and Belgian citizens. The reality is, naturally, a mix of these extremes, and everything in between, and spans conflicts from the Napoleonic Wars to the present day.

      Although the practise flourished during World War I, the term ‘trench art’ is also used to describe souvenirs manufactured by service personnel during World War II. Some items manufactured soldiers, prisoners of war or civilians during earlier conflicts have been retrospectively described as trench art.

      This depicts a V-1 flying bomb, also known as a Buzz Bomb or Doodlebug, developed by the German Luftwaffe at Peenemünde Airfield during WW2.

      http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ww2-mess-bell-german-raf-trench-art-doodlebug-plane-bomb-peenemunde-/251027670119?pt=UK_Collectables_Militaria_LE&hash=item3a726a4467

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    • #15205
      halanb
      Participant

      99a – TRAMP ART COOL METAL ART PIECE WITH WORKING BELL
      Extremely awesome Tramp Art figurine.
      A ton of great art work done by this artist.
      One of the coolest pieces I have ever seen.
      Much work went into this great piece. The details are amazing.
      6″ tall.
      Working bell!

      Tramp Art is somewhat similar to Trench Art (see above).
      The glamorous definition would have a tramp creating items in a hobo jungle. A more realistic definition would place it as a branch of Folk Art – relatively simple items, sometimes whimsical like this item, created outside the ‘fine art’ circles, often made of inexpensive or salvaged materials. Metal items, like this bell, were often a composite of small plumbing or electrical fixtures, nuts, bolts, horseshoe nails, sheet metal, etc.
      If copper/brass, they are soldered together; if iron, they are brazed together.

      You don’t see these very often with a bell motif, but they are fun to collect.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/251033915213

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      99b – Sonnette de table bronze crabe

      Curieuse sonnette de table en forme de crabe. Bronze. France. Fin XIX ème siècle.
      Le mécanisme est grippé. Dimensions : 17, 5 X 14, 5 cm.

      19th Century bronze desk bell in the form of a crab. The bell mechanism does not function.
      French. Measures 17.5 x 14.5 cm (7 x 5.8 in).

      Note: the English translation was provided by the seller, who says “the mechanism does not function”.
      Literally, I think this would be “the mechanism is jammed”, which might mean something slightly different.

      In any case, it is an unusual mechanical desk bell with an interesting design, and one that would not
      be found in many collections. I suspect it is brass, not bronze, but that would make no difference.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/320880643505

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      99c – Very rare French bronze Chinese Monk Mandarin moving head hit gong hotel bell
      Very rare antique French bronze hotel bell
      You move the head and that movement allows to hit the gong
      Excellent definition
      18 cm (7.2 in) 12 cm (4.8 in) approx. marble base included
      Showing normal wear

      The listing includes a link to a Youtube video that demonstrates how it works.
      (Pull the head to the rear and a hammer strikes the back of the gong.)

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/130674669923

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    • #15212
      halanb
      Participant

      Finally, a group of ‘standard’ figurine lady bells and a group of figural bells.
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      100a – cloche bronze vieille femme et son chien
      Belle cloche en bronze représentant une vieille femme et son chien épagneul papillon. Les détails sont précis et vifs.
      La tête a été réalisée à part et s’insère dans le haut du corps
      Poids 444 gr.
      11 cm de hauteur
      Il manque le battant.

      bronze bell old woman and her dog
      Beautiful bronze bell of an old woman and her dog Papillon. The details are precise and vivid.
      The head was cast separately and fits into the upper body
      Weight 444 gr (16 oz).
      Height 11 cm (4.4 in)
      It lacks the clapper.

      Many viewers will recognize the so-called Old Mother Hubbard nodder. The counterweight is missing,
      not uncommon, but it was a relative bargain Buy-It-Now for an alert bidder.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/160779405639

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      100b – RARE LARGE ANTIQUE VINTAGE SOLID BRASS LADY FIGURE BELL marked AVE
      RARE LARGE ANTIQUE VINTAGE SOLID BRASS LADY FIGURE BELL marked AVE.
      A fabulous large Original Vintage Solid Heavy Brass Bell in the form of a lady.
      At the base are some markings which look like REGITERED THE AVE.
      It is complete and has no damage and no restoration. A great piece. Size 19.3cm height (7.7 in).

      Not much information, and some of it incorrect. The base is marked “REMEMBER EDITH CAVELL”. Many bidders probably either knew this or were attracted by the unusual height.

      Edith Louisa Cavell (4 December 1865 – 12 October 1915) was a British nurse and patriot. She is celebrated for saving the lives of soldiers from all sides without distinction and in helping some 200 Allied soldiers escape from German-occupied Belgium during World War I, for which she was arrested. She was subsequently court-martialled, found guilty of treason and sentenced to death. Despite international pressure for mercy, she was shot by German firing squad. Her execution received worldwide condemnation and extensive press coverage.

      To be fair, she was also a useful propaganda figure for the allies, both to inspire British soldiers and to encourage the USA to enter the war. Souvenir items, like this bell, were rushed into production.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/320882979453

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      100c – Rare Hanau Sterling Silver Figural Bell…Hessian Nobleman in Ceremonial Dress
      The bell depicts an 18th Century Hessian Nobleman wearing his ceremonial dress.
      The bell is made of heavy gauge .925 sterling silver . The bell’s details are quite spectacular.
      Hallmarks are clearly visible. There is the English import mark, ca.1897, and that of Berthold Muller.
      The maker’s mark is for B. Neresheimer and Sohne…prestigious Hanau silversmiths.
      Neresheimer is considered to be the finest and most collectible of Hanau silversmiths.
      Certain of their works sell for tens of thousands of dollars in prestigious auctions.
      The bell is approximately 3.1/4″ tall and 1.7/8″ in diameter at its base.
      The weight is 88 grams of thick gauge sterling.
      The bell’s condition is excellent. The ringer is original. Its sound is superb.

      Pertinent information, but also somewhat of a hard sell for this small 3″ bell.
      I was doubting that it would sell at this price, but it did attract one bid at the end.
      (Okay, not really a lady bell – a guy in a dress, but that’s his problem.)

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/260997652341

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    • #15213
      halanb
      Participant

      100d – CLOCHE EN BRONZE EPOQUE NAPOLEON 3
      Trés belle cloche de table en bronze, époque Napoleon 3?
      Trés beau travail et trés jolie.
      Scéne galante et scéne de vie antique avec des petits personnages
      Finement travaillé. Elle mesure 14cm. Je n’ai pas vu de signature.

      BELL BRONZE AGE NAPOLEON 3
      Very nice bell bronze table, period of Napoleon 3?
      Very nice work and very pretty.
      Gallant scene and scene of ancient life with little characters
      Finely worked. It measures 14cm (5.6in). I have not seen a signature.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/170820215332

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      100e – cloche bronze doré mascaron tête homme roses fruits
      superbe cloche en bronze ciselé à motifs de mascarons, fruits, et roses. Prise en forme de tête d’homme, un marchand.
      poids 194 gr. 8,8 cm de hauteur totale. Diamètre de la base :7,2 cm
      la prise présente un jeu et tourne
      la cloche n’est pas parfaitement circulaire.

      gilt bronze bell grotesque human head pink fruit
      beautiful bronze bell carved patterns with masks, fruit, and roses. Shaped plug head man, a merchant.
      weight 194 gr (7 oz). height 8.8 cm (3.5 in). Diameter of base: 7.2 cm (2.9 in)
      the base design repeats
      the bell is not perfectly circular.

      I have not seen this bell previously.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/180858324551

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      100f – cloche en bronze de style gothique,inscriptions:METZ-BOUR-FONDEUR
      superbe clochette en bronze de style gothique,inscriptions sur la clochette:METZ-BOUR-FONDEUR,écusson de lorraine,beau travail de fonderie
      clochette a manche sans battant,diamètre a la base:10.cm hauteur15cm,
      modèle réduit d’une cloche d’église,enseigne de la fonderie collection

      bronze bell gothic, registration: METZ-BOUR-FONDEUR
      beautiful bronze bell Gothic inscriptions on the bell: METZ-BOUR-FONDEUR, crest of Lorraine,
      great job casting, bell missing a clapper, diameter at the base: 10 cm (4 in) height 15cm (6 in),
      scale model of a church bell, teaching model of a foundry collection

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/290695428415

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    • #15214
      halanb
      Participant

      More figurine lady bells.
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      101a – RARE UNUSUAL BRASS LADY BELL – LEGS CLAPPER.
      IT’S COMPLETE WITH A LEGS CLAPPER.
      APPROX: 10 CM (4 IN) TALL.
      VERY GOOD USED CONDITION.

      I don’t recall seeing this bell previously, probably sandcast brass. Notice the weak facial and hair/hat details, nose somewhat spread all over her face, not just the usual ‘nose bump’, possibly a casting flaw.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/251034976468

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      101b – Tischglocke aus Metall in Form einer Frau mit Handtasche, Handarbeit, Unikat
      Sie bieten auf eine außergewöhnliche Tischglocke aus Metall, offensichtlich Eisen.
      Der Klöppel ist der Schuh der Dame.
      Um dieses Foto 2 zu schießen musste ich ihr unter den Rock sehen und bitte dies zu entschuldigen ;o)
      Am Saum des Rockes findet sich die Punzierung des Künstlers (Foto 3).
      Höhe: ca. 20 cm
      Rockdurchmesser: ca. 11,5 cm
      Zustand: gebraucht, tadellos erhalten, Vitrinenware

      Dinner bell made ​​of metal in the form of a woman with a handbag, handcrafted, unique
      We offer an exceptional dinner bell made ​​of metal, apparently iron.
      The clapper is the shoe of the lady.
      For this photo shoot I had to look under her skirt and I apologize for this: o:)
      At the hem of the skirt will be the hallmark of the artist (Photo 3).
      Height: 20 cm (8 in)
      Skirt diameter: 11.5 cm (4.6 in)
      Condition: used, perfectly preserved, showcase merchandise.

      Interesting bell, rather large, and unusual material, but a rather high opening bid. Unfortunately it was offered by another German seller who will not accept PayPal or ship outside of Germany. Shortsighted, in my opinion, as I think that eliminates about 80% of his potential customers.

      (I can no longer access the original listing that expired with no bids. It now only shows a relisting.)

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/110862296507

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      101c – Tischklingel Dienerruf Glocke Silber Silberklingel Rokokodame 19. Jhd. SAMMLER
      Die Klinge ist aus Silber und mehrfach gepunzt, siehe Fotos.
      Sie ist in Form einer Rokokodame mit weiten ausgestellten Rock gestaltet. Die Oberfläche ist mit feinen ornamentalen Elementen reliefiert.
      Sehr feine Ausarbeitung, keinerlei Beschädigungen, leicht angelaufen.
      Der Klöppel ist vorhanden.
      Ausgefallenes Zier- und Sammlerobjekt !!!
      Sehr guter Zustand mit altersbedingten Gebrauchsspuren.
      Maße ca: Höhe 8,5 cm, Breite 6 cm, Gewicht 125,2 Gramm

      Silver table bell, rococo, 19th century lady bell – COLLECTORS
      The bell is made of silver and hallmarked on several occasions, see photos.
      It is designed in the form of a Rococo lady with long flared skirt. The surface is in relief with fine ornamental elements.
      Elaborate work, no damage, slightly tarnished.
      The clapper is present.
      Unusual decorative and collector’s item!
      Very good condition with some signs of wear.
      Dimensions approx: Height 8.5 cm (3.4 in), width 6 cm (2.4 in), weight of 125.2 grams

      We saw this bell way back in Part 2, with similar hallmarks.

      I said then that I would expect a sale price in the $300 – $400 range, but it sold for an incredible $1700.
      I have since learned it was returned to the seller, relisted with a different description, and only sold for $200.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/190662058533

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    • #15215
      halanb
      Participant

      Back to mechanical bells.
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      101d – ANTIQUE RARE ORNATE BRASS WITH TRIPLE NICKEL BELLS SLEIGH MASCOT
      YOU ARE BIDDING FOR A RARE ANTIQUE BRASS WITH TRIPLE NICKEL BELLS SLEIGH MASCOT.
      THIS WAS ATTACHED TO THE FRONT OF THE HORSE DRAWN SLEIGH.
      EACH OF THE BELLS HAS THE ORIGINAL TRIPLE CLAPPERS, RINGING LOUDLY WITH A GOOD TONE.
      ON THE TOP IS A HORSE HAIR PLUME {RED WHITE AND BLUE VERY PATRIOTIC}.
      WOULD LOOK GREAT ON THE FRONT OF A NARROWBOAT FOR THE QUEENS JUBILEE THIS YEAR!!
      THIS IS A GREAT RARE ITEM, 10″ X 9″ FROM THE TOP OF THE WOOD BASE TO THE BASE OF THE HORSE HAIR.

      Outside my usual area and I don’t know normal prices,
      but I wish I had bid on this very attractive item myself.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/200741476357

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      101e – Lrg Antique Aesthetic Period Bronze Key-Wind Desktop Counter Bell
      This heavy Bronze Bell measures 5” in diameter by 5” tall and is decorated with Medallion heads and a classic Aesthetic design. The spring is still in strong condition, however the toggle, which catches the spring, is not grabbing. If the high bidder does not have someone who can fix this, I do. (Just contact me after the auction and I will get you a quote on what it will cost to restore this bell.)

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/130675936530

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      101f – RARE SOLID SILVER TABLE BELL BIRMINGHAM 1907 TURTLE / TORTOISE SILVER BODY
      A RARE SOLID SILVER TABLE BELL
      IT WAS MADE IN BIRMINGHAM ENGLAND IN 1907
      THE SHELL IS SOLID SILVER
      THE MAKER’S MARK HAS BEEN BADLY STRUCK SO THAT THE FIRST LETTER ARE MISSING
      AND ONLY THE ” & Co ” WORDS ARE READABLE.
      I DO KNOW THAT GRAY AND CO WERE MAKERS OF THIS TYPE OF TABLE BELL.
      IT IS RARE BECAUSE THE HEAD HAS A HALL- MARK, MAKING IT SOLID SILVER ALONG WITH THE TAIL.
      IT MEASURES 6 INCHES LONG
      THE BASE IS METAL AS ARE ALL THE INSIDE WORKINGS
      IT WORKS BY WINDING THE KEY UNDERNEATH AND THEN PUSHING DOWN THE TAIL.
      IT HAS A GOOD STRONG SOUND.

      No marks for the mechanism, possibly German. You would normally expect
      that pressing down the head would also activate the ring.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/260997568727
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    • #15216
      halanb
      Participant

      102a – Two Fine Qing Chinese Enamel Items. A Silver on Copper Bell and a Beautiful Dish
      Two beautiful Chinese enameled items. They date to the late nineteenth or early twentieth century.
      The bell is beautiful and the tray is beautiful and they are in great condition. The bell measures 5″ high
      and the tray measures 4″ wide.

      Outside my usual area and I cannot comment on this bell, but I include it to have one of these popular items represented. Note that there is a bonus feature – an enamel dish.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/190667887468

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      102b – ANTIQUE WIND-UP FIGURAL TURTLE W/SHELL TABLE OR HOTEL BELL GOLD INLAY WORK
      OFFERING THIS VERY OLD ANTIQUE FIGURAL WIND-UP TURTLE TABLE OR HOTEL BELL MADE OF METAL WITH GOLD INLAY WORK. BY THE WORK ON THE SHELL I WOULD GUESS THIS IS SPANISH MADE PROBABLY TOLEDO. HAS NO MAKERS MARK SO THIS PRE DATES THE ONES THAT DO. THIS SHOWS GREAT SIGNS OF AGE AND IS IN GOOD WORKING ORDER. YOU WIND IT UP AND YOU CAN PRESS EITHER THE HEAD OR TAIL OF TABLE TO OPERATE. MEASURES ABOUT 4 1/2″ LONG X 2″ TALL. IT IS MISSING TWO SCREWS AS YOU CAN SEE IN MY PICTURES.

      Unusual in that:

      (1) the shell sits much higher than ones we have previously seen, but it seems to have been attached as originally intended, and

      (2) it sold for a lower price than most of these.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/230777445648

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      102c – Antique Metal Figural Figurine Figure CRAB Hotel Desk Bell
      Item in good condition for the age nice condition as seen original item, crab missing back leg probably came off in a crab trap…. really now this is a most unique item I have never seen another, it does work when pressed to shut off you have to pull lever up as seen below in the video I have included, as it neat piece, could use a little tlc, may be a missing bit in front but I have no idea what it was.
      Approx 2 1/2″ tall x 5″ wide.

      We saw one one of these in Part 99b. That one either had the mechanism jammed or entirely missing.
      This one seems to have a (mostly) working mechanism, but has some missing parts.
      Maybe one day we will encounter one in pristine condition?

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/350558193602

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    • #15090
      halanb
      Participant

      103a – Brass Oast House Hop Kiln Lady Bell Table Bell Ornament Vintage

      This brass bell in the form of an old Oast House comes in excellent condition and would make a great addition to any bell or brass collection. Its stamped The Old Oast House and weighs 145g unboxed.
      It measures approx 3.25 inches (8.5cm) high x 1.75 inches (4.5cm) wide.

      An oast, oast house or hop kiln is a building designed for kilning (drying) hops as part of the brewing process. They can be found in most hop-growing (and former hop-growing) areas and are often good examples of vernacular architecture. Many redundant oasts have been converted into houses.

      They consist of two or three storeys on which the hops were spread out to be dried by hot air from a wood or charcoal-fired kiln at the bottom. The drying floors were thin and perforated to permit the heat to pass through it and escape through a cowl in the roof which turned with the wind. The freshly picked hops from the fields were raked in to dry and then raked out to cool before being bagged up and sent to the brewery. The Kentish dialect word kell was sometimes used for kilns (“The oast has three kells.”) and sometimes to mean the oast itself (“Take this lunchbox to your father, he’s working in the kell.”). The word oast itself also means “kiln”.

      The earliest surviving oast house is that at Cranbrook near Tunbridge Wells which dates to 1750 but the process is documented from soon after the introduction of hops into England in the early 16th century. Early oast houses were simply adapted barns but, by the early 19th century, the distinctive circular buildings with conical roofs had been developed in response to the increased demand for beer. Square oast houses appeared early in the 20th century as they were found to be easier to build. In the 1930s, the cowls were replaced by louvred openings as electric fans and diesel oil ovens were employed.

      Some people collect bells that depict buildings/monuments/structures.
      This would be an interesting addition to such a collection.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/320888671332?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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      103b – Superb Antique Danish Solid Silver & Rosewood Table or Service Bell dated 1919

      Superb Antique Danish Solid Silver & Rosewood Service or Table Bell by Grann & Laglye of Copenhagen

      This Antique Danish Service or Table Bell measures approximately 2 1/2 inches or 63 mm across the width or diameter of its lower body and it stands 4 3/4 inches or 121 mm tall to the top of its handle.

      The bell is made from 826 standard solid silver in a circular shape with a raised relief decorated lower rim with a step decorated body and it has silver mounted rosewood handle that has a ball shaped finial on the top, the bell has a brass internal ball and it has been engraved with a previous owners initials or family monogram, it weighs 112.3 grams and the upper body has been impressed with a full set of Danish 826 standard solid silver marks that include the assay masters mark C.F.H of Christian F. Heise along with the Copenhagen silversmith or makers mark of Grann & Laglye, it also has the three tower Copenhagen town mark that has the date number 19 for 1919.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/380432350978?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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      103c – GRANDE CLOCHE EN BRONZE FEMME XIXeme
      Belle cloche de table en bronze d’une hauteur de 165 mm et d’un poids de 1,3 kg représentant une forte femme les mains dans les poches , portant une coiffe et arborant une croix , objet sans doute d’europe du nord .

      LARGE BRONZE LADY BELL, XIX CENTURY
      Beautiful bronze table bell with a height of 165 mm (6.6 in) and a weight of 1.3 kg (2.9 lb), representing a strong woman with her hands in her pockets, wearing a headdress and a cross, without doubt a person from Northern Europe.

      The third picture shows a similar bell from the Anselm Lange auction in 2004.
      That bell sold for 1140 euros.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/140741305378?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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    • #15088
      halanb
      Participant

      103d – Sonnette de table, de comptoir, d’hôtel, métal nickelé ou chromé, ancienne, ours
      Cette magnifique sonnette, en fonte nickelé (ou chromé?) sans doute pour le support, et métal nickelé (ou chromé?) plus léger pour la partie sonnette est en très bon état (deux petits écrous arrière manquant dont un remplacé, tout petit jeu dans le rivet du support de sonnette), elle est fin XIXe.
      Le mécanisme est en très bon état.
      Hauteur totale 18,5 cm, diamètre socle 9,5 cm, hauteur ours 8,5 cm
      La sonnerie très claire, qui s’obtient en faisant tourner l’écrou de devant, fait penser à une sonnerie 2 tons de vélo.
      Le nickelage est usé par endroit, traces de rouille très superficielles. Il reste quelques très légères traces de peinture, ce qui donne à penser que cet ours a été peint en blanc.
      Aucun choc.

      Table bell for desk or hotel, chrome or nickel plated metal, old, in the shape of a bear
      This beautiful bell, cast nickel (or chrome?) for the support figure. Lighter bell for the part is in very good condition (two small screws missing on the back, and a little play in the rivet support for the bell), from the late nineteenth century.
      The mechanism is in very good condition.
      Overall height 18.5 cm (7.4 in), base diameter 9.5 cm (3.8 in), 8.5 cm (3.4 in) height of the bear.
      A clear ringing can be obtained by rotating the nut from the front, reminiscent of a two-tone bike bell.
      The nickel plating is worn in places, very superficial rust. There are a few very slight traces of paint, which suggests that this bear was painted white.
      No damage.

      http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&_trksid=p4340.l2557&item=221006268264&nma=true&rt=nc&ru=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fsch%2Fi.html%3F_from%3DR40%26_nkw%3D221006268264%26_rdc%3D1&si=r3ieg7ioMlWMUk6%252FEAdguXpJYlw%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc

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      103e – ANTIQUE METAL SERVANT/CALL BELL METAL WITH GLASS SETS A BEAUTY RARE
      SERVANT/ CALL BELL ANTIQUE. APPROX.4 1/2 INCHES TALL, APPROX. 3 INCH ACROSS THE BOTTOM. GOOD CONDITION MAY WANT TO CLEAN A LITTLE. YOU TURN THE TOP AND IT MAKES A GENTLE RING, SOUNDS KIND OF LIKE AN OLD FASHION TELEPHONE RING. WORKS FINE. THIS IS A REAL BEAUTY WITH 15 GLASS SETS AND I SEE NO CHIPS, SEVERAL DIFFERENT COLORS.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/330720249822?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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      103f – Fantastic Victorian Solid Silver Table Servants Bell 1877 Twist Action Rare
      A rare twist action Victorian silver table or servants bell. Hall marked silver construction with a decorative silver outer case with hall marks for Birmingham 1877 . Queens head hall mark. Makers mark S/S Smith & Son Strand London. Highly decorative with flowers leaves swirls and swags on the pierced outer silver shell. Twist action knob to top that makes the bell ring. Rare type of mechanism , normally found as push button types. Exceptional quality and decoration. In good working order and highly desirable. A great antique bell and a relic high society Victorian life. Approx Approx 3.75″ wide at base and 2.5″ high.

      Note the hallmarks in the third picture, with one we may not have seen previously (second from the left).
      From 1784 – 1890, British sterling silver items had to display a Duty Mark (to show that a tax had been paid to the crown) with the head of the reigning monarch, in this case Victoria.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/350558623881?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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    • #15217
      halanb
      Participant

      104a – ART DECO ANN TEAK WOODEN LADY BELL GIRL / LADY FIGURINE BELL SCANDINAVIAN
      Very unusual wooden bell girl (instead of bell boy) figurine, with a brass bell inside the dress.
      The figurine is marked ANN TEAK, I think is Scandinavian but I am not sure.
      The figurine is about 18.5 cm (7.4 in) tall, and 9.8 cm (4 in) in base diameter.
      One arm has some scratches, and dent on the underneath, which you can’t see once on display, some scratches on the dress, otherwise the item is in good condition, no chips or cracks.

      Ya gotta remember, in spite of our infatuation with bells, it’s just stuff, and ya oughta have some fun.
      To me, this is a fun item. Apparently nobody agreed with that, at least to the point of purchasing it
      (I already have one), but that’s okay – to each his own.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/251048088327?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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      104b – super FIGURAL ANTIQUE HOTEL DESK BELL figurine boat devil NICE RINGER
      item description: very beautiful antique hotel or table bell with a stylish figurine in a boat with devils head
      manufacturer: unknown
      origin: france
      production date: 1880-1920
      materials: metal
      condition: good condition, normal signs of wear for this bells, see pictures
      marks: no mark
      measurements: just over 8 inch high

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/330723467165?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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      104c – Very rare Tiffany & Co sterling silver bell tower France Van Day Truex vintage
      First I want to disclose this piece needs repair, 3 of its 6 arms have come loose, an easy repair. No other damage, no dents, no dings, no deep scratches. This piece is very rare, designed by the late Tiffany design director Van Day Truex, he was also former head of Parsons College, a very famous design school. This bell is designed after a series of church bell towers in Provence, France. Several different bells were made in all different sizes. These bells were diplayed in two Tiffany Blue Books, 1971-72 & 1982-83. This bell is marked under one arm “TIFFANY & CO STERLING” and is about 5.5 inches tall and 4 inches in diameter at the bottom.

      For any Tiffany or Georg Jensen silver item, half the price will be for the name. If you’re okay with that,
      then you can usually get a very fine, and in this case very unusual, bell.

      The seller discloses that the item needs repair, but then states that the repair will be easy. Another case that makes me wonder why, if the repair is so easy, the seller either did not do it or have it done?

      http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&_trksid=p4340.l2557&item=260975849712&nma=true&rt=nc&ru=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fsch%2Fi.html%3F_from%3DR40%26_nkw%3D260975849712%26_rdc%3D1&si=r3ieg7ioMlWMUk6%252FEAdguXpJYlw%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc

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    • #15218
      halanb
      Participant

      105a – Bronze/Brass Lady bell Frog Queen
      The size of the bell – 4 inches and 2.5 inches wide at the base.

      One picture and a minimal description, yet apparently sufficient to attract several bidders.

      This is another of the new bells coming from the former Soviet Union.
      The ones from Ukraine are all good quality.
      The ones from Russia, like this one, are from a variety of sources and more of a mixed bag.
      This bell is attractive and seems well cast. Many of the other new lady bells are poorly made, so buyer beware. Many of them are falsely advertised as “rare” and sometimes as “antique”, neither of which is true.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/261015619273?ru=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fsch%2Fi.html%3F_sacat%3DSee-All-Categories%26_from%3DR40%26_nkw%3D261015619273%26_rdc%3D1

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      105b – RARE ANTIQUE AUSTRIAN BRONZE & ENAMEL BELL – CAT
      ANTIQUE AUSTRIAN BRONZE TABLE BELL IN THE FORM OF A CAT AND HER KITTENS, SEATED UPON A CUSHION. THE CAT HAS LONG HAIR AND ITS HEAD NODS, WHICH IN TURN OPERATES THE DONGER WITHIN THE BELL. THE CATS TAIL ACTS AS A HANDLE.THE BELL DOME AS WELL AS THE CATS FACE IS COLD PAINTED. MEASURES 4.5 INCHES HIGH, IN VERY GOOD ANTIQUE CONDITION

      Another of the Mama Cat bells that we have seen previously. They are bronze and sometimes with a gilt finish. Some are partially painted, but this one has the most paint of any that I have seen.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/120908782826?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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      105c – 1880’s Gamewell Fire Alarm Telegraph Oak Case Fire Alarm Gong Bell Original Key

      This beautiful and very rare Telegraphic Fire Alarm Bell is complete with an internal mechanism that would have been activated by a telegraph or electrical signal. There is a wind up mechanism with origional key, that once activated by the signal, would cause the clapper to ring the 6″ exposed brass bell. The Box has a hinged door on the front with a glass panel which opens to reveal the internal mechanism and allows the operator to wind-up the gong mechanism. This door has a keyed lock at the left hand side, sorry no key for the door.

      Up for auction is a VERY Rare and original, 1880’s, Gamewell Fire Alarm Telegraph Co. Oak Wall Mount Telegraphic Alarm Bell with 6 inch brass Bell. This outstanding piece of early, telegraphic fire alarm equipment measures approx. 7 1/2″ wide by 15 1/4″ long and 4 1/4″ deep at the upper molding. The Alarm Box features a mounted, manufacturer’s plate at the top which reads “Gamewell Fire Alarm Telegraph Co / New York”

      Gamewell Manufacturing, a Massachusetts company, built and installed the first municipal electric fire alarm system in Boston using telegraph wires in 1852. I believe they were the largest manufacturer of this type of equipment, but they did have competitors like Moses Crane and Harrington. This is a combination electrical-mechanical device. Mechanically, it is a large windup bell. The electrical part is a trip device that allows the bell to be rung when a switch is closed some distance away.

      Pic 4 shows the square shaft by which the key can wind the coil spring clockwise, with a brass ratchet gear underneath. A pawl at upper right prevents the ratchet from unwinding. When power is applied to the green solenoids, they retract the pawl and allow the spring to unwind.

      Pic 5 shows that the bell is struck with an internal hammer. A pivot device at lower left is driven by the spinning ratchet and both pushes the hammer against the bell and then retracts it.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/180822100160?ru=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fsch%2Fi.html%3F_from%3DR40%26_nkw%3D180822100160%26_rdc%3D1

      These items are eagerly sought, but more often as fire collectibles than as bells.
      Prices depend on size, condition, and when/where sold, but none are inexpensive.
      With the Indicator Gongs, like the third picture, prices go through the roof.

      Shown are a Gamewell 10″, $2000; Gamewell 15″, $3000; and a Gamewell 18″ Indicator, $10000.
      By way of comparison, this complete 10″ bell from an early horse drawn fire wagon sold for “only” $2800.

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    • #15220
      halanb
      Participant

      106a – NAPOLEON : JOLIE CLOCHETTE DE TABLE.
      Belle clochette en bronze à patine noire.
      Elle représente Napoléon.
      Joli son, beau ciselage, beau costume.
      Dimensions : hauteur 10,7 cm, largeur maximum de la base 4,9 cm.
      Poids : 0,350 kg environ.
      En bon état, la patine noire ressemble plutôt à du vernis, elle est abîmée, à refaire, une trace verticale dans le dos dont la finition de l’objet n’est pas achevé mais cet objet est de tout de même de très belle qualité.

      NAPOLEON: PRETTY TABLE BELL.
      Beautiful bell bronze with black patina.
      It represents Napoleon.
      Nice sound, beautiful carving, nice clothing.
      Dimensions: height 10.7 cm (4.3 in), maximum width of base 4.9 cm (2 in).
      Weight: 0.350 kg.
      In good condition, black patina is more like varnish, it is damaged, to repeat, a vertical line in the back where the finish of the object is not complete but this object is still of very good quality.

      Most Napoleon bells are the small brass figurals, sometimes shoddy construction, often a souvenir of Waterloo. This is the most often seen figurine bell, though still relatively uncommon, and I was surprised that it did not sell at a higher price.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/140750945992?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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      106b – Vintage Figural Double Hotel Desk Bell in Cast Iron
      At auction is a beautiful figural double desk bell in painted cast iron. The paint is in Silver and Gold and in its original condition. The nickel on the bells is dull but almost complete with very little wear. The overall size of rhe item is about 7″x7″ with the diameter of the bell being about 3 1/2″.The ring is true and sharp. No breaks, cracks or chips to the casting. The scary side creatures and the crown on top are in perfect condition. A truly exquisite example of a vintage Victorian style hotel bell in original unrestored condition.

      It always surprises me when sellers use a distracting background for their photos,
      and then either do not see it or do not bother to replace it.

      Sold in the normal price range.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/251057063113?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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      106c – SUPERBE ET ANCIENNE SONNETTE DE TABLE OU DE COMPTOIR EN BRONZE 1844 DOUBLE EFFET
      ANCIENNE SONNETTE DE TABLE EN BRONZE A DOUBLE EFFET DEUX TONS
      Elle mesure 16cm de hauteur / 9,5cm de diamètre.
      Il manque deux petites clochettes (celles qui sont accrochées autour de la sonnette voir photos).
      Sous l’aigle une plaque ronde ou est noté Exposition 1844.
      Elle est assez lourde et pèse 839 grammes.
      Quand on appui sur l’Aigle la sonnette se déclenche et fait sonner la cloche du haut et quand on
      relache la pression c’est la cloche du bas qui sonne ,le son est assez fort.
      Les 4 dernières photos représentent l’intérieur rouillé qui empêchait la sonnette de fonctionner normalement.
      Un petit nettoyage c’est imposé le mecanisme n’a pas été démonté il a juste été brossé et huilé et tout le reste n’a été touché ni nettoyé.

      BEAUTIFUL AND OLD BELL TABLE OR COUNTER 1844 BRONZE DOUBLE ACTING
      OLD BELL BRONZE TABLE, DOUBLE ACTING TWO-TONE
      It measures 16cm in height / diameter of 9.5 cm.
      It lacks two small bells (those that are hung around the doorbell see photos).
      Under the eagle on a round plate is denoted Exhibition 1844.
      It is quite heavy and weighs 839 grams.
      When pressing the Eagle the bell goes off and rings the bell at the top, and when the pressure is released the lower bell rings; the sound is loud enough.
      The last 4 pictures are rusty insides but the bell did function normally.
      A small cleaning was done, nothing removed, it has just been brushed and oiled and everything else has been touched or cleaned.

      These plunge bells with an eagle on top are seen fairly often on French eBay, and usually pass by without a sale. This one has the double action feature, supposedly works correctly, and has much applied decoration – all of which I guess contributed to what seems to me to be a high price. However, it is out of my normal range, and I must assume the bidders knew what they were getting.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/110873641441?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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    • #15221
      halanb
      Participant

      107a – ANCIENNE CLOCHE D’EGLISE 19ème BRONZE 3 TIMBRES SONNETTE TABLE COMPTOIR SIGNEE
      ANCIENNE CLOCHE D’EGLISE EN BRONZE XIX ème elle est marquée RN TE a plusieurs endroits
      elle possède trois cloches ou timbres qui mesurent 6,2cm de diamètre
      La cloche mesure 11,5cm de hauteur / 15cm d’une cloche à l’autre
      Le support des cloches est gravé (voir photos )
      Les trois timbres donnent des sont diffèrents

      OLD CHURCH BELL BELL STAMPS 19th C, 3 BRONZE TABLE BELLS, COUNTER SIGNED
      OLD CHURCH BELL BRONZE nineteenth century, “RN TE” is marked in several places.
      It has three bells that measure 6.2 cm ( 2.5 in) in diameter.
      The bell is 11.5 cm (4.6 in) in height / 15cm (6 in) in diameter.
      The support of the bells is inscribed (see photos).
      The three bells have different tones.

      A church bell used by an altar boy at a Catholic mass.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/120911948959?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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      107b – Antique Victorian ‘Mr Punch’ – Pub Brass Last Orders Bell
      Here for auction is a fantastic item of breweriana – a brass bell featuring Mister Punch, holding a quill and inkpot. We think he is a ‘last orders’ bell as a very similar brass Mr Punch sold recently on Ebay and was a bar top cigar lighter. (See item 120894498497, now ended).
      We think these were probably made in pairs – the cigar lighter had a chunk out of his nose to make room for the lighter coming out of his mouth – this piece has his nose intact and his mouth stoppered as it isn’t a lighter.
      He has a wonderful patina built up over many years of use – maybe it was a pub called The Punch and Judy? The brass is shiny at the points he would have been picked up and used – on his belly and nose – and there are slight dents from use on the bottom of the bell (see pics). There is also an interesting mark on the clapper of the brass bell – a crown with 3 cannon below – we’d be interested if anyone could tell us what it is.
      He stands 7.5″ tall and 4.25″ wide at the bottom of the bell and weighs 600g (sorry for the mix of imperial and metric!)

      Compare this to the one at the end of Part 14b.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/330729821685?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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      107c – Tischklingel Tischglocke Dienerruf Klingel Messing Frau farb.bemalt Ende 19 Jhd.
      Die Glocke ist aus Messing und stammt aus dem Besitz einer deutschen königlichen Familie.
      Sie ist als plastische Frau mit einem weiten Kleid gestaltet und sehr fein ausgearbeitet.
      Im gesamten Bereich ist sie polychrom bemalt und mit viel Goldzier ausgestattet.
      In den Händen hält sie vermutlich zwei Klangkörper, es könnte sich um eine Tänzerin handeln.
      Der Klöppel ist vorhanden, und es sind keinerlei Beschädigungen vorhanden.

      Table bell, dinner bell, brass bell, woman from the late 19th century
      The bell is made ​​of brass and was owned by a German royal family.
      It is designed as a sculptural woman with a long dress and worked very fine.
      The entire area is painted in polychrome and decorated with lots of gold trim.
      In her hands she is probably holding a two tone bell, and could be a dancer.
      The clapper is in place and there are no damages existing.

      Another of the Oriental bells we have seen previously. Some are nodders, though this one is not. I have seen this bell previously, also as a man, with the curious object in the right hand but whatever had been in the left hand was broken off. If the left hand object is a bell in a frame, then it would seem that the right hand object is a gong.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/190679184793?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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    • #15222
      halanb
      Participant

      These first three items demonstrate the bargains that can be found in high quality bells by careful selection.
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      108a – LOVELY UNUSUAL LARGE HEAVY BRASS LADY BELL 5.5 inches
      This is a really nice old unusual large brass lady bell standing 5.5 inches in height and 2.9 inches across the base.The lady is in period dress [ possibly 1700s ? ] and appears to be holding something in her right hand [ has a long handle and a net (?) at the end]. The bell has a good colour and patina and inside has the original iron hook for a clapper [clapper missing]. It is a heavy bell,weighing almost 700gm.

      This is usually identified as Marie Antoinette, carrying a butterfly net, and dressed for rural activities at Le Hameau (pic 3). One of the early Pearson Page bells, c. 1920. (The sale price was a bargain.)

      Wikipedia: The Hameau de la Reine, The Queen’s Hamlet, is a rustic retreat in the park of the Château de Versailles built for Marie Antoinette in 1783 near the Petit Trianon in the Yvelines, France. Designed by the Queen’s favoured architect, Richard Mique and with the help of the painter Robert Hubert, it contained a meadowland with lakes and streams, a classical Temple of Love on an island with fragrant shrubs and flowers, an octagonal belvedere, with a neighbouring grotto and cascade. There are also various buildings in a rustic or vernacular style, inspired by Norman or Flemish designed, situated around an irregular pond fed by a stream that turned the mill wheel. The building scheme included a farmhouse, (the farm was to produce milk and eggs for the queen), a dairy, a dovecote, a boudoir, a barn, a mill and a tower in the form of a lighthouse. Each building is decorated with a garden, an orchard or a flower garden. The largest of these houses is the “Queen’s House” at the center of the village.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/390419356719?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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      108b – EARLY 20thC ORIGINAL BRASS DESK COUNTER/SHOP BELL, c 1910-20s.
      A GOOD EARLY FINGER STRUCK EXAMPLE…..WHICH WOULD HAVE STOOD ON THE DESK COUNTER IN A SHOP OR OFFICE RECEPTION…….THE STANDING BASE & BELL HAVING A BEE-HIVE RING DESIGN, ALONG WITH THE FINIAL & STRIKER……WHEN STRUCK , THE CLANGER HITS THE IN-SIDE…..MAKING A GOOD RINGING SOUND…….IN VERY GOOD ORIGINAL CONDITION….FREE FROM ANY DINGS OR DAMAGE……STANDING 3″1/2 HIGH…..THE BASE DIAMETER 3″1/4.

      A beautiful tap bell, well made, and with the interesting beehive design. I have often found that the conical shaped bells have the best and most persistent tone. A bargain price, especially when compared to the repro junk that often sells for the same amount.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/160793698832?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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      108c – Paire de Cloches de Table en Bronze Vieux et Vieille
      Bel état manque un grelot. Hauteur 11 cm. Poids 1405 grammes.

      Pair of Bronze Table Bells of an Old Man and an Old Woman
      Good condition, but missing one clapper. Height 11 cm (4.4 in). Weight 1405 gm (~3 lb).

      Often indentified as French peasants, this pair was another bargain, especially compared to the ridiculous prices paid for the bells in Parts 80b & 80c.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/150819392193?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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    • #15223
      halanb
      Participant

      108d – VERY RARE LARGE ANTIQUE TUDOR QUEEN LADY BELL WITH LEGS CLANGER 1200 GRAMS!! CAST BRONZE QUEEN ELIZABETH 1ST
      I BELIEVE THIS TO BE A VERY RARE ANTIQUE BRONZE BELL , A TUDOR LADY PERHAPS QUEEN VICTORIA THE 1ST WEARING A LARGE CROSS, VERY HEAVY APPROX 1200 GRAMS , MEASURES APPROX 17 CM IN HEIGHT BY 8.8CM IN DIAMETER. HER LEGS FORM THE CLANGER. CAST IN VERY GOOD DETAIL. WOULD LOVE TO KNOW FROM ANYONE WHO KNOWS MORE ABOUT THIS ITEM. THE LAST PHOTO IS ACTUALLY LIGHTER THAN IT SHOULD BE AS THE FLASH WENT OFF. IN VERY NICE CONDITION WITH A GREAT PATINA.

      First she is misidentified as Queen Elizabeth, then as Victoria, but this bell represents Mary, Queen of Scots. Another of the early Pearson Page bells, c. 1920, good patina color, but made of brass, not bronze. The bell seems to lean to her right, as is common with this bell. It has a pair of leg clappers, but these are a late replacement and are much too light weight to give a good ring tone.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/320910704224?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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      108e – A VERY LARGE CROTAL BELL MADE BY EDWARD SELLER OF YORK 1685-1760
      4 INCHES DIAMETER. ATTACHED TO AN IRON STRAP. IN EXCELLENT CONDITION.

      UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL I SHIP OUTSIDE THE U.K. SO PLEASE DON’T ASK.

      Seller Foundry – York, England

      The first record is of 1662, when William Seller is mentioned as having a foundry in Jubbergate. William was succeeded by his son, Edward I, who, on his death in 1724, left the foundry to his sons, Richard and Edward II. Richard only survived his father by a few months, and Edward II ran the foundry alone until his own son, John, joined him in 1733. The two men worked together until the late 1750s, when Edward II retired and it was decided to close the foundry.

      When the assets of the foundry were sold in 1761 and 1763, it is likely that Robert Wells of Aldbourne purchased the crotal bell patterns, as the products of the two foundries are virtually identical.

      Bells marked ‘ES’ are attributed to Edward Seller I or II, or possibly both.

      See Part 49a for information about Robert Wells.

      A rare bell, good condition, and unusual size. I suspect the sale price would have been considerably higher if the seller had opened the sale to worldwide.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/170844337729?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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      108f – VICTORIAN BRONZE CRAB DESK COUNTER RECEPTION SHOP BELL ANTIQUE FISH RESTAURANT
      This is for one of the best shop counter bells i have had, i have had some unusual ones but this one is fabulous. It is from the Victorian era and made from bronze in the form of a crab. Maybe it once sat at the front of house in a fish restaurant rather than on a shop counter….who knows, i am guessing, but It has fabulous detail and i would imagine was made in Austria. The detailing is superb, very precise particularly around the legs and claws and it has little red inset eyes, what they are i dont know, maybe garnets, i am not sure. The button is placed in the centre of his back. It can be unscrewed from the base so can be re wired to use. It is in excellent condition with no damage to the crab at all and just surface wear to the bronze gilding. One of the screws underneath is not original but overall, what a superb bell. It measures an impressive 105mm (4″) across by 70mm (2.75″) and stands 40mm (1.5″) tall.

      We have seen these previously, fitted as mechanical twist bells. This one is a push bell.
      The picture of the bottom suggests to me that it once sat on a base (now missing).

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/330734711467?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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    • #15224
      halanb
      Participant

      109a – Antique large unusual rare brass lady bell
      ANTIQUE UNUSUAL RARE BRASS LADY BELL ,APPROX 5 INCHES TALL , NO CLAPPER BUT DOES HAVE THE HOOK INSIDE TO HANG ONE SO EASILY REPLACED.

      A familiar bell to many viewers, usually identified as Becky Sharp from the WIlliam Thackeray novel, Vanity Fair. Personally, I doubt the identification is correct, but that is how she is now known.

      This is the sandcast version in average condition, facial details seem a little weak.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/270983847064?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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      109b – RARE LARGE BRASS LADY BELL PERIOD DRESS 15.5 CMS 6 INCHES TALL WEIGHS 685 GRAMS
      I think that this one is quite rare as I have never seen this particular example before. She is all over well detailed from her hair & face & down through her period dress. She does have a metal nut as a clapper which is not original but still gives out a nice, clear ringing sound. She is tall, 15.5 cms or 6 inches & weighs a hefty 685 grams, 1.5 pounds. The brass is of an excellent quality & it still has some of its original protective lacquer which shows that it has not been over polished & hence retained much of its clear, crisp detailing.

      Not often seen, large size, another sandcast bell with somewhat weak features and simplified details. Probably of British origin.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/290717581704?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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      109c – Rarität absolut seltene Alte Bronze Figur Jugendstildame Kleid Tänzerin Glocke
      Exclusive Rarität absolut seltene Alte Bronze Figur Jugendstildame Kleid Tänzerin Glocke
      Material: Bronze
      Figur/Glocke ca. 60 x 60 x 50 mm H/B/Tief
      Stücke nicht gereinigt.

      Rarity absolutely rare old bronze Art Nouveau lady dancer bell
      Material: Bronze
      Figure / bell 60 x 60 x 50 mm height / width / depth (2.4 x 2.4 x 2 in)
      Piece was not cleaned.

      We saw this bell back in Part 4, where it had a Tereszczuk signature, and seemed to have slightly better details. The seller does not mention if this piece is also signed, and it does not appear from the pictures
      as if it is.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/390422052904?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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    • #15225
      halanb
      Participant

      109d – Brass Lady Bell Table Bell Queen French Rococo Baroque Dress Ornament Vintage
      This beautiful brass lady bell in the form of possibly a queen comes in excellent condition and would make a great addition to any bell or brass collection. This rare bell is one of the nicest I have come across!
      She weighs 370g unboxed and measures approx 4.5 inches (11.5cm) high x 2.25 inches (5.5cm) wide.

      By far the best of the four lady bells in this group, and the most elaborate with the Rococo design.

      Wikipedia: Rococo, also referred to as “Late Baroque”, is an 18th-century artistic movement and style, a reaction against the grandeur, symmetry and strict regulations of the Baroque, especially that of the Palace of Versailles. Rococo artists opted for a more jocular, florid and graceful approach to Baroque art and architecture. Rococo art and architecture in such a way was ornate and made strong usage of creamy, pastel-like colours, asymmetrical designs, curves and gold. Unlike the more politically focused Baroque, the Rococo had more playful and often witty artistic themes.

      The following photos of Rococo costume are from paintings of Madame du Pompadour,
      the third and last “official chief mistress” of Louis XV. According to the Queen, with
      whom she was friendly, “If there must be a mistress, better her than any other.”

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/320907293228?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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      109e – Stunning Art Nouveau Dinner Gong
      A fantastic Art Nouveau dinner gong. I am not sure of the material. it has certainly been plated as overcleaning has brought out a slight bronze/brass colour underneath. If you look at the flower patterns you will see. It shows a nice patination and is commensurate with it’s age. There are some ‘hallmark’s on the rear, a letter E and a small makers mark. The dish has some small dents, from the gong!, and is showing a little wear throgh to the base metal. The overaal size is height 24 cms, depth 9.5 cms and width 19 cms All in all a classic piece of Art Nouveau decorative table funiture.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/110888866535?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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      109f – Sonnette / interrupteur” singe” art déco WMF I/O en argent. fabrique Allemande.
      Ancienne sonnette en forme de singe , signé WMF ” Wurttembergisch Metallwarenfabrik ” I/O: Argenture de qualité standard. art déco a partir de 1910. poids : 104.91 g longueur : 8 cm .en bel état. objet rare.

      Bell / Bell push “monkey” Art Deco WMF I / O in silver. German manufacture.
      Antique bell push in the shape of a monkey, signed WMF “Wurttembergisch Metallwarenfabrik”
      I O: Silver-quality standard. Art Deco 1910. weight: 104.91 g length: 8 cm (3.2 in). In beautiful condition. Rare object.

      Wikipedia: WMF is a tableware manufacturer, founded in 1853 in Geislingen an der Steige, Germany. In 1880, it merged with another German company and became known as the Württembergische Metallwarenfabrik. Around 1900, they were the world’s largest producer and exporter of silver-plated household metalware, mainly in the Jugendstil, or Art Nouveau style. Items from this time are highly collectible and often expensive. The company is still in business, concentrating now in the commercial and hotel markets.

      The hallmark places this item in the 1910-1918 period.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/251067896806?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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    • #15226
      halanb
      Participant

      110a – Vintage Bronze Elephant Bell
      For sale is a bronze elephant bell that you see in the photos. It is about 3 inches tall. A metal ball is sealed inside the footing that makes the bell ring when shaken. Actually it’s more of a rattle.

      This type of crotal bell is known as a SCRUBBER.

      According to Lois Springer (The Collector’s Book of Bells), “These scrubbers were once very common in India but are more rare today. They were used to scrub the body while bathing, and women coming in from the fields found them useful for scrubbing their mud-soaked feet.”

      Some may be quite old and often sell in the $100 range,
      but there also seem to be modern reproductions.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/160815823217?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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      110b – Antique BRASS Figural JAPANESE BELL Signed,1920s
      Beautiful Antique Brass Figural Japanese Bell, signed by the maker, 5 1/2″ high by 2 3/8″ in diameter, no clapper, in excellent condition, from an old collection, circa early 20th century.

      The figure is called an ONI, a creature from Japanese folklore described as a (not the) devil, demon, ogre, troll, malignant creature. For more information, see “Devils and Demons” in this same Small Bells, Jan 30, 2011.

      Some of these bells have an unusual way of attaching the handle to the base. A shaft with clapper eye at the lower end extends down through a hole in the top of the bell. Both the shaft and hole are slightly oval, and they are joined together by twisting the handle to try to lock it in place. I have one that works fairly well. I have another that would never tighten up and I wound up soldering the handle to the bell.

      This listing appears to have gone almost unnoticed, and the bell sold at a low price.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/350571044165?ru=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fsch%2Fi.html%3F_sacat%3D0%26_nkw%3D350571044165%26_rdc%3D1

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      110c – très ancienne cloche de table,femme du moyen-âge, bronze très finement travaillé
      très vieille(XIXème,voire avant)
      très belle patine
      très finement ciselée,travaillée
      15 cm de haut pour 6,5 de large
      poids:0,675 kg

      antique table bell, woman of the Middle Ages, very finely worked bronze
      very old (nineteenth century or earlier)
      beautiful patina
      very finely chased, worked
      15 inches tall and 6.5 wide
      weight: 0.675 kg

      Hard to tell just what it is from one relatively poor picture.
      It appears to be lost wax casting, with relatively good details.
      I would date it as late 19th or early 20th century.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/180898488484?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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    • #15227
      halanb
      Participant

      110d – VINTAGE ANTIQUE RARE LARGE BRASS TURTLE HOTEL DESK BELL SERVICE BELL HOP BELL
      This brass turtle service desk bell is so unique. I am not sure of its age but I purchased it from an Estate of one our cities most affluent. I was told by the Estate dealer that the couple traveled extensively and that it sat on their desk for years. It is a very substantial large turtle bell that measures approximately 8” long X 5” diameter body X 4 ½” tall to the top of the bell plunger. The shell has lovely detail too. It’s in excellent condition and is for the collector who loves those unique and one-of-a-kind pieces.

      We have seen the Spanish BOJ and German windup mechanical turtle bells previously, some turtle bells with a twist mechanism, and one rigged as a bell push. This is a tap bell version.

      Minimum information and maximum blarney.
      “unique and one-of-a-kind”?
      Nonsense! The bell may be uncommon, but hardly unique.
      It would have been a commercial, not artistic, enterprise, and hundreds of copies cranked out.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/280893968101?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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      110e – AMERICAN BRILLIANT CUT GLASS CRYSTAL SCARCE ANTIQUE BELL MONARCH J HOARE ABP
      SCARCE AMERICAN BRILLIANT CUT GLASS DINNER BELL–CUT IN MONARCH PATTERN BY J HOARE–(SEE LAST PICTURE FROM THEIR CATALOG)–
      J MICHAEL PEARSON RATES THIS PATTERN (4-4) (RARE & HIGH PRICED)
      4 1/2 INCHES TALL BY 3 INCHES WIDE–
      WELL EXECUTED PATTERN–FANCY NOTCHED AND FLUTED HANDLE–GREAT CONDITION–A SMALL DAB OF RUST WHERE THE METAL CHAIN IS ATTACHED TO THE HANDLE–(COMMON)–WONDERFUL EXAMPLE IN AN IDENTIFYED PATTERN –OFFERED AT NO RESERVE!

      According to Al Trinidad,
      “The Brilliant Period of cut glass in the United States, from the time of the Centennial in 1876 to about 1915, was a period in which many fine cut glass bells were produced in geometric patterns using lead glass. Overlapping this period was the Flower Period, from about 1906 to the 1920s, during which cut and engraved flowers and other natural subjects appeared on bells. At about the same time, less expensive pressed pattern glass bells were being made in imitation of the more expensive cut glass patterns.”

      Two examples of this bell by J. Hoare & Co. (Corning, NY) are shown on page 31 of Glass Bells. I would urge you to consult this book, and Al’s other books for definitive information on glass bells.

      Glass Bells (Schiffer Publishing Co., 2000)
      Collectible Glass Bells Of The World (Schiffer Publishing Co., 2003)
      American Glass Bells (Schiffer Publishing Co., 2010)
      Glass Bells From Around The World (Schiffer Publishing Co., 2010)

      The sale price was quite reasonable.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/320892469066?ru=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fsch%2Fi.html%3F_from%3DR40%26_nkw%3D320892469066%26_rdc%3D1

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      110f – RARE,ANTIQUE, FLINT GLASS BELL, BACARRAT CONNECTION..VERY SCARCE
      RARE FRENCH FLINT GLASS BELL FOR SALE
      EXTREMELY RARE AND HIGHLY COLLECTIBLE
      THE BELL IS MADE FROM FLINT GLASS WITH A COLD PAINTED BRONZE RABBIT HANDLE AND CARROT CLANGER.
      FRENCH AND DATES FROM CIRCA 1900
      THERE IS LITTLE KNOWN ABOUT THESE BELLS BECAUSE THEY ARE RARE BUT THE NAME BACARRAT HAS BEEN MENTIONED BY COLLECTORS WHEN DESCRIBING THESE BELLS
      THE BELL IS IN FANTASTIC, MINT , CONDITION, IT HAS NO CHIPS OR CRACKS OR DAMAGE OF ANY KIND, THE PAINTWORK ON THE COLD PAINTED BRONZE IS ALL INTACT. (EVEN THE RED EYES ON THE RABBIT/HARE IS PRESENT)

      Relatively low price compared to many recent sales.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/140766446418?ru=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fsch%2Fi.html%3F_from%3DR40%26_nkw%3D140766446418%26_rdc%3D1

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    • #15229
      halanb
      Participant

      111a – Ancienne clochette de table en bronze tete du roi Louis Philippe caricature
      Ancienne clochette de table en bronze caricaturant la tete du roi Louis Philippe
      en le representant en forme de poire.
      Objet de vitrine de qualité .
      Hauteur 7.8 cm, largeur maxi 4.6 cm, poids 230 grammes.

      Old bronze table bell with the head of King Louis Philippe caricature.
      Old bronze table bell with a caricature head of King Louis Philippe
      representated as pear-shaped.
      Object of showcase quality.
      Height 7.8 cm (3.1 in), maximum width 4.6 cm (1.8 in) , weight 230 grams (8 oz).

      So, here’s the story. Your name is Louis Phillippe, kind of a sissy name but, hey, you’re French. It is 1831 and you have been king of France for one year. You are destined to be the last king, and the last of the Bourbon line stretching back almost 250 years. Yes, you do have a tiny weight problem (look like John Goodman on a bad day), and along comes some 21 year old punk kid (Honoré Daumier) just beginning his career, and making fun of you in political cartoons. The editor does spend six months in jail for “disrespecting his betters”, but that is not much consolation. Then some guy comes along and makes this pear bell caricature. Ya just can’t get no respect.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/170857096639?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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      111b – Half Doll With Metal Table Bell
      Unusual Half Doll made as a table bell.
      Porcelain bust with a metal bell and a very detailed workmanship of a brass lace skirt.
      Complete height about 13 cm ( 51/8″). The porcelain bust alone measures about 7 cm ( 23/4″).
      Condition: No chips, no cracks. The left arm has a professional repair. One of the metal bobbles of her ribbon is missing.

      Half dolls are just that–generally, the upper half of a human figure, without legs. Half dolls were produced without legs so that they could be attached to something useful–very commonly, pin cushions, but also whisk brooms, tea cozies, and numerous things that could grace a ladies dressing table, such as powder boxes. Occasionally they are found as bells.

      The vast majority of Half Dolls were produced between 1900 and the 1920s, although some were produced earlier than that and some later. Some half dolls are still reproduced today. Most half dolls were produced in Germany, by firms such as Dressel & Kister, F. W. Goebel, Ernst, Bohne & Sohne, Heubach, Hertwig, Karl Schnider and many others. Japan also flooded the market with inexpensive models. Half dolls are often found unmarked, marked “Germany” or “Made in Germany”, or with a four or five digit mold number. Models from Japan can be marked “Japan” or “Made in Japan.” Only a few companies such as Dressel and Kister and Goebel would sometimes mark half dolls with their company’s distinctive mark.

      Most half dolls are between 2 and 6 inches tall, although there are smaller and also a few larger examples. Half dolls are generally made of porcelain (glazed bisque, sometimes called china) although there are also models made in unglazed bisque. Half dolls have also been made out of composition, wax, and many other materials.

      http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=200772501725

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      111c – Antique SLEIGH BELLS Signed WEB William Barton LEATHER STRAP, Tag GEORGE TINKER
      At the center of the 75” long by 2” wide strap are two large 2” petal bells separated by two of the 18 smaller bells, each 1 ½” in diameter. The two large bells are signed W.E.B. with a “running horse” opposite. The smaller bells are marked “5” but do not carry the mark “WEB” but are identical in design to the 2 big William E. Barton bells. Both brass buckles are stamped with the anchor mark used by “North and Judd” of New Britain, Connecticut, a company dating back to 1812.

      Captain William Barton (Sr.) (1740?-1793?) a bell maker in Wintonbury (now Bloomfield), Connecticut as early as 1770; begat William Barton (Jr.) (1762-1849), also a bell maker but now located in East Hampton, Connecticut, from 1808 through 1826. His brothers Hubbard Barton (1797-1860), Hiram Barton (1799-1878) and Jason Barton (1808-1862) were all makers of bells along with one of Hiram’s sons, John Watrous Barton (1835-1867). I’m sure they all begat others, but the important part is that Hiram also begat William E. Barton (1826-1895), the maker of the bells on this neck strap.

      William Edward Barton only signed his petal bells, and he is the one who came up with the “running horse” logo. You could also have some fun reading about Buffalo Bill and his close relationship with the buckle makers, North and Judd. He commissioned them to make a bit with pistols on the cheeks. He was after N & J to hurry up since he had ”a large number of cowboys who were waiting for them.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/110893435055?ru=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fsch%2Fi.html%3F_sacat%3D0%26_nkw%3D110893435055%26_rdc%3D1

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    • #15230
      halanb
      Participant

      112a – Antique German “Kaiser Glocke” Bell Brass
      Antique Brass German “Kaiser Glocke” with inscriptions and decorations. Clapper is in great shape.
      There are a couple of small nicks at the base otherwise in excellent condition.
      Age is at least 60 years old. Measures 5.25″ tall x 3″ across as base.

      For more information about this bell, see Lois Springer The Collector’s Book of Bells, pp. 99-100.

      This bell may be found in this brass/bronze version, or in a more elaborate silverplated version that also sometimes has a metal mounting stand. With the brass/bronze version the inscription plate and medalions
      are cast as part of the bell, while in the silverplated version they are applied separately.

      Someone got a terrific bargain, as these used to sell for hundreds of dollars.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/221061800727?ru=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fsch%2Fi.html%3F_sacat%3D0%26_nkw%3D221061800727%26_rdc%3D1

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      112b – 1995 BRONZE BELL-American Bald Eagle Wildlife Sculpture-MCCOMBIE
      DIMENSIONS: 4 3/4″ X 5 1/2″ x 3 1/2″.
      Total weight: approx. 3 3/4 lbs.
      DESCRIPTION: Vintage, original sculpture / bell in the form of the head of an American Bald Eagle.
      By John McCombie. Heavy, solid cast bronze. Cowboy boot clapper. Expertly modeled, cast and finished. Highly realistic. Very high quality. Signed in casting and dated ’95.
      Engraved interior: signature, numbered 95/500 and dated ’95.

      Another great bargain. One of these sold in the 2012 ABA Convention auction for $300.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/390433738679?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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      112c – Vintage Harold Lloyd Mechanical tin bell toy
      You are bidding on this rare and Hard to fine Harold Lloyd tin mechanical bell toy. This toy is 6″ tall and 4″ wide. I have no idea how old it is, but I think it is from the 40’s. The toy is from the 1920’s silent movie star Harold Lloyd. When you pull the lever down it moves the face down to cover the smile and the bell rings. This toy is one of the better ones I have seen with 99.99% of the original paint and very, very little surface rust on the back as shown in the photo.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/200773309881?ru=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fsch%2Fi.html%3F_from%3DR40%26_nkw%3D200773309881%26_rdc%3D1

    • #15231
      halanb
      Participant

      113a – ANTIQUE 1880’S SILVER PLATE ELKINGTON TABLE BELL, MEDIEVAL STYLE.
      An antique silver plated table bell, 3.25 inches tall, 3 inches wide, medieval style, stamped on rim ELKINGTON & CO 1159, and Elkington marks and date letter Y, dented on rim otherwise good, plate good.

      George Richards Elkington developed and patented the first commercial electroplating process in 1840.
      The process was licensed to other manufacturers, such as Christofle in France. George and his cousin Henry opened an electroplating shop in 1841, and over time diversified their output be adding jewelry and cutlery items. It was the time of the Industrial Revolution, with a rising middle class who sought items more affordable than those of sterling silver.

      Elkington used a series of dated hallmarks, similar to but different from the British sterling marks.

      The picture on the left is the hallmarks used from 1865 – 1897, and would be followed by a date letter.
      The letter Y corresponds to 1884. The picture on the right is of this bell.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/170870503263?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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      113b – Alte Tischglocke mit plastischem Engel, Metallguß, Jugendstil um 1900
      Metallguß, bronziert, Glocke mit Drehmechanismus,
      Länge ca. 20,0 cm, Höhe ca. 9,5 cm,
      1 Fuß des Engels fehlt, ansonsten guter, unbeschädigter Zustand,
      normale Alters- und Gebrauchsspuren, etwas verschmutzt.

      Old dinner bell with figural angel, metal casting, Art Nouveau 1900
      Cast metal, bronze finish, rotating bell mechanism.
      Length about 20.0 cm (8 in), height 9.5 cm (3.6 in),
      1 foot of the angel is missing, otherwise good, undamaged condition,
      Normal age and wear, a little dirty.

      The seller mentions bronze, but this and many other mechanical bells of this type and age were made of pot metal. This material has no tensile strength, and can easily break under stress, as with the angel’s left foot. This material seems to become increasingly brittle with age, so do not try bending any of these items.

      Note that the cost of international shipping was as much as the bell,
      and that may have discouraged some foreign bidders.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/300733021379?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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      113c – Bronze Guss Figur Dame Frau. Tischglocke. Ca. Art Deco. Seltene Form
      Schöner alter Bronzeguss
      Zeit Herstellung ca. Art Deco
      Glocke ist funktionsfähig
      Ca. 10,5 cm hoch
      Öffnung Durchmesser ca. 4,7 cm
      Gewicht ca. 240 g

      Cast bronze figure of a lady or wife. Bell. Circa Art Deco period, rare item
      Beautiful old bronze casting
      Creation time around Art Deco period
      Bell is functional
      About. 10.5 cm (4.2 in) high
      Opening diameter of about 4.7 cm (1.9 in)
      Weight about 240 g

      Beautiful lost wax cast lady bell. Note the casting flaw in the center of the skirt in the rear. My guess is that this was a blemish on or damage to the wax figure before it was coated with ceramic.

      No PayPal + no shipping outside Germany = low price to seller.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/180916537935?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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    • #15232
      halanb
      Participant

      113d – MOST UNUSUAL OLD ARAB BOY TABLE BELL – EITHER BRASS OR BRONZE – POSS AUSTRIAN
      This is a most unusual looking old bell, it looks to have a young arab boy for the handle.
      I have re-listed it as I have been told it is possibly Austrian and could be very rare.
      It is either bronze or brass – it could be bronze that has been polished.
      It stands 14.5cm tall and has a diameter of approx 7.5cm.
      Sadly it doesn’t have its clapper but still a fantastic old thing.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/140786752243?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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      113e – LARGE Antique DEAGAN Catholic Mass Altar Church Chime/Tubular Bells-Oak
      DIMENSIONS: 14″ x 11 1/4″ x 4″.
      Chimes 2 1/4″ diam. Longest 12 7/8″.
      Oak shield 7/8″ thick.
      Total weight: approx. 15 lbs.
      DESCRIPTION: Large, antique Catholic Church chimes/bells.
      By DEAGAN. Heavy, lacquered brass tubular chimes mounted on a thick, quarter sawn oak plaque. Felt suspension. Bars with notation for Sanctus, Benediction, Communion and Offertory tunes. Tabs for wall mounting. All original. Very high quality.
      Deagan plate on back.
      One tube additionally stamped “J.C. Deagan, Inc., Chicago, Patented”.
      No mallet is included.
      Circa 1920s (last patent date 1925). USA.
      CONDITION: Small flake to the back edge of the oak shield — see photos. This isn’t terribly conspicuous — generally not noticeable when viewed from front. Otherwise excellent, all original condition. No other damages and no significant wear. No restorations. No other chips/flakes and no breaks, cracks, splits, looseness, gouges, scuffs, dents, dings, mars, corrosion, significant scratches. No signs of abuse.
      Generally very clean. Very light wear, including small, scattered, superficial rubs to lacquer and to oak finish — nothing significant / conspicuous. No missing, replaced / non original parts.
      Untouched original patina. Scattered, small spots of light oxidation.
      Beautiful tone.

      Fairly standard price.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/190696827015?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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      113f – RARE ET MAGNIFIQUE CLOCHE DE TABLE ANCIENNE EN BRONZE TRES DECOREE ET TRAVAILLE
      TRÈS RARE ET JAMAIS VU SUR EBAY
      EXCEPTIONNELLE CLOCHE DE TABLE EN BRONZE DORE, MASSIF, FINEMENT CISELÉE ET TRÈS OUVRAGÉE EN RELIEF
      EPOQUE FIN XVIII DÉBUT XIX° SIÈCLE
      SUR UN PETIT QUADRILLAGE POINTE DANS SON CENTRE, DEUX GROS MACARONS EN RELIEFS SONT SCULPTE EN FORME DE COQUILLES
      QUI REFERMENT 2 SCÈNES ROMANTIQUES
      L’INTÉRIEUR DES MACARONS EST DE DEUX COULEURS BONZE ET ARGENT
      L’UNE REPRÉSENTANT 2 AMOUREUX SOUS UN ARBRE, SE DÉCLARANT LEUR FLAMME PRES D’UN PUITS OU COULE DE L’EAU? UNE CRUCHE EST POSÉE SUR UN ROCHE LE PETIT HOMME TIENT UN CHAPEAU DANS LA MAIN
      L’AUTRE REPRÉSENTANT UN CHASSEUR ACCOMPAGNE DE SON CHIEN, IL SOUFFLE DANS UNE CORNE AU LOIN? ON VOIT UN MAISON ET DES ARBRES, AU PREMIER PLAN, UNE CHÈVRE DÉBUSQUE D’UN BUISSON
      SUR LE HAUT ET LES COTES DE LA CLOCHES PENDENT DES GUIRLANDES DE FLEURS EN RELIEF
      HAUTEUR DE LA CLOCHE 12 CM
      DIAMÈTRE 7.5 CM

      RARE AND BEAUTIFUL ANTIQUE TABLE BELL, HIGHLY DECORATED, VERY OLD, BRONZE.
      VERY RARE AND NEVER SEEN ON EBAY
      EXCEPTIONAL BRONZE DORE (GILT) TABLE BELL, SOLID, VERY FINELY CHISELLED, CARVED IN RELIEF
      NEAR THE TIME OF EARLY NINETEENTH CENTURY
      ON A SMALL GRID POINT IN THE CENTER, TWO LARGE BUTTONS ARE CARVED IN RELIEF AND SHAPED LIKE SHELLS THAT ACCOMPANY 2 ROMANTIC SCENES
      THE INTERIOR OF THE BUTTONS ARE TWO COLORS OF BRONZE AND SILVER
      ONE REPRESENTS 2 LOVERS IN A TREE, EXPRESSING THEIR LOVE NEAR A WELL. A PITCHER IS PLACED ON A ROCK AND THE LITTLE MAN HOLDS A HAT IN HIS HAND
      OTHER REPRESENTS HUNTER ACCOMPANIED BY HIS DOG AND BLOWING A HORN? WE SEE A HOUSE AND TREES IN THE FOREGROUND, A GOAT AND BUSH APPEAR HIGHER UP
      ON THE TOP AND SIDES OF THE BELLS ARE HANGING FLOWER GARLANDS IN RELIEF
      HEIGHT OF BELL 12 CM (4.8 IN), DIAMETER 7.5 CM (3 IN)

      Beautiful figural bell on which I now wish I had bid. The clapper and clapper hanger appear to be original,
      and there is a wear groove where it has struck, but this is certainly not the original handle.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/360470720148?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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    • #15233
      halanb
      Participant

      114a – RARE AND FINE ANTIQUE DELFT BELL OF A SORCERER – NO RESERVE
      I am offering for sale this wonderful and rare, antique Delft figure of a thoughtful sorcerer modelled as a bell. His large robe with ruched collar is well painted and at the bottom has a scene of dogs and a man with a horse. His large conical hat is also well decorated and he has a well modelled and painted face. The clapper of the bell is attached by string and is also made from delft pottery. The hat of the sorcerer has been broken off at some time and reglued. The back of the sorcerers robe has several tight hairlines and one or two on the front. There are two small frits on the base. But otherwise it is in good order. This particular model of Delft pottery is very rare. The height of this fine bell is 21cm (8.25 inch) and the width is 11.5cm (4.5 inch).

      See Springer, Plate VI, pg 118f, for another version of this bell, which she calls Mr. Wizard.
      I am told that one of these in good condition might often sell in the $200 – $300 range.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/330759382681?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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      114b – Unusual Brass / Bronze Bell Art Nouveau ? Table Bell
      An unusual table bell stands 7 1/2 inches high and is in the form of a winged fairy with her wings folded behind her. I am not sure if this is brass or bronze,it feels a little heavy for brass but am selling as brass. This is an old item and not reproduction. It is in good working order.

      I have often seen these figures made as letter openers, but never one previously that was mounted on a bell.

      not sure if this is brass or bronze,it feels a little heavy for brass
      A common misconception, that bronze is heavier than brass. Both are 95% copper, which accounts for most of the weight/density. Depending on the added components, a particular alloy can vary slightly either way.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/221064189133?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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      114c – Antique Table Bell. Berthold Muller??
      This is a table bell I think as you can see a suspender inside which is broken. The inside is faintly gilded, worn over the years of polishing no doubt, and the whole thing needs a good clean but I believe that is best left to the lucky buyer.
      It is 13 cm (5.2 in) high and 8 cm (3.2 in) across the base with the opening being 6.5 cm (2.6 in).
      The figure, reminiscent of a Shakespearean character is holding a staff or somesuch in his left hand.
      This has been snapped off immediately above the hand and is missing.
      The clothing is beautifully modelled in folds and swags of draped cloth with very pretty scroll engraving around the base in a band and up the front.
      In case you can’t tell from the picture this is figure is definitely of a man in a soft cloth cap and he has a fur cape over his left shoulder.
      Weight is 255 grams (9 oz).

      Possibly another of the Hanau silver items, imported into England. See Parts 31a and 100c.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/320940526160?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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    • #15234
      halanb
      Participant

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      114d – Additional pictures of the Mr. Wizard bell, courtesy of Bill M.
      See Part 114a above.

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    • #15235
      halanb
      Participant

      115a – Orig. Wiener Bronze, P.Tereszczuk sign., Jugendstil, Tischklingel, Wien um 1910
      Wunderschöne Wiener Bronze- Plastik/Bronzefigur/Tischklingel, signiert P.Tereszczuk, Originalstück aus dem Jugendstil um 1910.
      Die Figur ist ein Original von Peter Tereszczuk welcher 1875in Wybudow geb.wurde und 1963 in Wien verstarb.
      Der Höhepunkt seines Schaffens lag zwischen 1895 und 1925 in Wien.
      Die Figur ist mit dem Gießerei Stempel Tereszczuk u. Ullmann versehen.
      Guter unveränderter Fundzustand.
      In Deutschland wenig von diesem Künstler zu bekommen.
      Größe: ca. 9,5cm hoch

      Original Viennese bronze, signed P.Tereszczuk., Art Nouveau, table bell, Vienna 1910
      Beautiful Vienna bronze sculpture / bronze / bell desk, signed P.Tereszczuk, original piece of art nouveau from the 1910s.
      The figure is an original by Peter Tereszczuk, born 1875 in Wybudow, died 1963 in Vienna.
      The highlight of his career was 1895-1925 in Vienna.
      The figure is provided with the foundry stamp Tereszczuk and Ullmann.
      Good condition as found unchanged.
      In Germany, a little difficult to find items by this artist.
      Size: about 9.5 cm (3.6 in) high

      Another bell push by Art Nouveau sculptor Peter Tereszczuk.
      The figure is provided with the foundry stamp Tereszczuk and Ullmann.
      Many Tereszczuk items do have the Tereszczuk/Ullmann [T/U] foundry stamp,
      but this one has the [AR] mark for Artur Rubenstein (no relation to the pianist.

      Sale price was well below average.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/170872860810?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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      115b – RARE Vintage Lord Wellington British Empire Mourning Bell
      A very RARE and beautifully made vintage brass British Empire Lord Wellington Mourning Bell, 19th century. Dong is mounted on a brass spring. Bust of Wellington on handle. In honor of Irishman Wellingtons British victory over the French and Napoleon at Waterloo Victorian form throughout. Patina untouched. Measures 4-1/2″ tall by 2-1/4″ wide. Weighs 9 oz.

      Wellington is easy to identify by the uniform and his prominent hook nose.

      This is a commemorative bell, part of a series, but it seems a stretch to call it a Mourning Bell. An unusual feature mentioned is the use of an extension coil spring to mount the clapper, instead of a wire or chain. Many, but not all, of this series have the same feature, and this is the only time that I have seen a spring used.

      http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=180931359090

      Wellington (1769-1852) and Nelson (1758-1805).
      They were both given state funerals, and are buried side by side in St. Paul’s Cathedral.


      Wellington, Nelson, Napoleon, and Moliere.
      The inclusion of Moliere makes me think the bells were made in France.
      Note the similar bases on the three smaller bells.
      There might be a Nelson in the smaller size also, but I haven’t seen one.

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      115c – VICTORIAN Antique Figural Meriden Silverplate Store Desk Counter Hotel Bell
      Exquisite Store/Desk/Counter top/Hotel/Bellhop Figural silverplated bell, by Meriden Silver Company. Circa late 1800’s. It has a young lady holding her hand up. There is an opening in her hand, so you can make her hold something. The bell rings true and sounds great. It measures approx. 7 1/4″ tall and 6 1/2″ wide.

      We have seen these twice previously. The seller originally had the figure turned the wrong direction,
      then was told it should be corrected. It is missing a loop that runs over the top and from side to side.

      Compare with the bell shown in Part 89b (picture to upper right).

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/330760094384?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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    • #15228
      halanb
      Participant

      116a – 1930’s Japanese Bronze Mouse Table Service Bell – OSK Lines
      Fine Japanese bronze bell decorated with a mouse – although not marked OSK Lines.
      I understand this is a table service bell, from most probably 1st Class.
      I have a similar other that is marked.
      Would say it dates from the 1930’s – measures approx 3 1/2 inches high.

      Good detail and wonderful patina to this interesting figural bell.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/300743862882?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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      116b+c – RARE EDWARDIAN SUFFRAGETTE BRASS TABLE BELL
      This is a rare antique late 19th early 20th century brass table bell in the form of a young lady attired in a drop waisted dress and a wide brimmed hat- rather like a suffragette. Beneath her skirt she is hollow. The base of the bell is incised Tone belle. It is a nice well detailed bell.

      Two bells from the same seller with similar descriptions and sizes, one missing the clapper.

      I have seen these once previously, 8-10 years ago, on continental European eBay. My impression at that time was that they were made in Eastern Europe, possibly the Czech Republic, and probably 20-30 years old.
      I believe there is a third lady in this group. I know nothing about the “Tone Bell” mark.

      The designs are interesting, but construction details poor, shallow detail, not well finished. Had they been made in England, Holland, Belgium over 100 years ago, I think we would have seen more of them.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/290744618426?ru=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fsch%2Fi.html%3F_from%3DR40%26_nkw%3D290744618426%26_rdc%3D1

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/290744620587?ru=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fsch%2Fi.html%3F_from%3DR40%26_nkw%3D290744620587%26_rdc%3D1

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    • #15236
      halanb
      Participant

      116d – MOST UNUSUAL OLD FIGURAL TABLE BELL – BRASS OR BRONZE – POSS AUSTRIAN LADY?
      This is a most unusual looking old bell.
      It has a seated figure for its handle – looks like it could be a woman.
      It is possibly Austrian and could be very rare, it came with the other Austrian bell I sold last week.
      It is either bronze or brass – hard to tell so I am listing it as brass.
      It stands 14.5cm tall and has a diameter of approx 8.5cm.
      It has a most unusual clapper.

      To me, the best bell of this group, including Part 116f below.
      Exquisite bronze casting with high relief from France/Germany/Austria, c. 1900.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/140799195401?ru=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fsch%2Fi.html%3F_sacat%3D0%26_nkw%3D140799195401%26_rdc%3D1

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      116e – SIGNED W. NEWALL ANTIQUE 1909 BRONZE METAL MALE MAN NUDE FIGURAL GRAPEVINE BELL
      THE BELL IS SIGNED “W. NEWALL ME FECIT MCMIX” AS SHOWN IN THE PHOTOS.
      MEASURES 11-1/2″ TALL.
      VERY GOOD CONDITION. SHOWS PATINA & NORMAL WEAR FROM AGE.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/330763000081?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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      116f – FRENCH BRONZE Figural BELL American Indian, 1850s, High Quality, Museum MODEL
      Here is nice table tap-bell, cast bronze and chased, with a fine double patina, Medal Bronze and gilt, figural a pleasant American Indian Woman, (as it was seen in France middle of 19th Century), striking on a fine bell, she wears feathers costume, ethnic jewels, wonderful romantic period interpretation! Base is marked and numbered. The bell is in good condition and working order. Inside spring is in a good order.
      Something rare, a spectacular bell, which we guarantee. Dimensions: 14 cm (5.6 in) and 20 cm (8 in).
      Condition is near perfect, with only slight distortion and wear on patina.
      French working, marked, mid 19th century.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/261067286465?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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    • #15136
      halanb
      Participant

      117a – WW2 ARP ‘Fiddian’ Brass Hand Bell – dated 1939- Excellent condition
      You are bidding for this WW2 ARP Hand bell.
      The bell is marked J B 39, (1939) was the trademark used by James Barwell Ltd. on brass goods. Samuel Fiddian sold his business to James Barwell in 1840. The bell is in excellent condition with no cracks, completely original.
      According to Air Raid Precaution Handbook No.8, The Duties of Air Raid Wardens:
      “The cancellation of the local gas warning will be by hand bells, rung through the streets of the [warden’s] sector. Hand bells may also be used to repeat the Raiders Passed signal but only if gas is not about. Hand bells will in fact be an “All Clear” signal, which is different from the Raiders Passed signal, since the latter will be sounded on receipt of the message from the national centre, whether or not there is gas in the locality.”

      Another of the A.R.P. bells from James Barwell, with the “Fiddian” mark. They were also made by Gillett & Johnston, and other manufacturers. Dimensions are not given, but these were all made to a common standard of bell diameter 5″ and bell height 3.5″. The handle may vary slightly between maker, but are commonly about 6″. Most are marked A.R.P. on the rim, but some may have it on the flat top of the bell.

      Any metal bell collector should have one of these. They are easiest to find on British eBay, and normally sell
      in the $50 – $75 range. These are fully functional and intended for actual use, not to sit in a display cabinet.
      I know of one in daily use in St Louis MO.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/150862894769?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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      117b – Cast Iron Base Pig Service Bell = Vintage almost Antique! TOO Cute!
      Old Old Service Bell in Perfect Working Condition.
      This is the twist/turn type of bell.
      Cast Iron Base with Cute Little Pig – Check out the Pictures!
      Needs a good cleaning but I’ll leave that up to the buyer!
      Base measures 4.5″ x 2.5″ and this is 2″ tall to the top of the Pig’s Ears.

      This bell was probably made in late 19C, which would qualify it as antique.

      Cosmetic condition is fairly rough, and is sold below average for one of this style.
      Mechanical condition is unknown, but properly cleaned and painted it should display nicely.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/221078441415?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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      117c – Antique silver stirrup cup or bell ??
      This is an unusual continental silver bell or cup. There aren’t any internal fixings for a bell so maybe cup is more likely? The figure is 11cm (4.4in) high and 6.8cm (2.8in) across the base. The interior shows quite a lot of gilding remaining so again maybe a sign of a stirrup cup?
      Sponsors mark is G.B. I think though the B could be an F or E. Then it looks like a scottish thistle, .925 and date letter G in modernish looking curly type.
      The face and bodice are really nicely modelled with an overall matt finish among the scroll and mask decorated bell shaped ‘dress’.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/320949239734?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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    • #15237
      halanb
      Participant

      117d – VICTORIAN NOVELTY TORTOISE SHOP COUNTER BELL CLOCKWORK CAST IRON ANTIQUE
      Original Victorian novelty tortoise counter bell, circa 1900.
      Cast iron with black painted head tail and legs, the carapace nickel plated to a white metal finish, all original.
      Wind up clockwork movement, the bell rings when the head or tail are pressed, stops when released.
      All in excellent original condition with no damage or repair, never fails to raise a hoot when used.
      Length 6,1/2″ or 165mm, weight 667 grams.

      Another of the German wind-up turtle bells, with the common manufacturer’s marking.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/230827741794?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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      117e – CLOCHETTE SONNETTE DE TABLE ENCRIER NEO GOTHIQUE CATHEDRALE BRONZE RESTAURATION
      Sonnette de Table – Encrier Néo Gothique.
      Bronze doré, Période Restauration.
      Motifs Cathédrale à reservoir circulaire à Tourelle
      “manque deux fines croix sur le tour de tourelle”
      Sonnette en forme de chapiteau à prise en pomme de pin.
      Pièce de collection, ou pourquoi pas enidée de cadeaux.
      Hauteur : 14,5 cms – Diamètre de base : 10 cms.

      TABLE BELL NEO GOTHIC CATHEDRAL INKWELL RESTORATION BRONZE
      Table bell – Inkwell Neo Gothic.
      Gilt bronze, Restoration Period.
      Base like a cathedral with a circular turret, missing two small crosses on the tower turret.
      Bell in the shape of a hat and topped by a pinecone.
      Collector’s item, or why not as a gift.
      Height: 14.5 cm (5.8 in) – Diameter of base: 10 cms (4 in).

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/150860651718?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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      100f – LATE 19TH CENTURY BRONZE ART NOUVEAU FIGURAL DINNER BELL
      Late 19th century Bronze Art Nouveau Figural Dinner Bell with original patina. Made by Joseph M. Kratina. Signed on the back lower left “J. Kratina, Paris”. It is missing the clapper of the bell but is otherwise in very good condition with no visible damages. 6″ high x 3″ diameter at the base.

      Josef Kratina (1872-1953) was a Czech Art Nouveau sculptor, who did his early work in Paris, then moved to the USA. He is less well known, but his work is sometimes associated with that of Peter Tereszczuk.

      Was it worth the price paid? That depends on how the buyer values it, of course, but I would say probably yes. The casting detail is not as crisp as I would prefer and there is some chloride corrosion, but a signed piece by a listed Art Nouveau sculptor is not often found. It was probably best to grab it while it was on the market.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/320952169779?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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    • #15238
      halanb
      Participant

      117g – Clochette de table ancienne en cristal.Prise à l’hermine héraldique
      Belle clochette de table ancienne en cristal et métal…
      La prise est une hermine…
      Travail trés fin…
      Hauteur totale: 11cm
      Cloche cristal: 4,3cm x 4,3cm

      Bell antique table in cristal. Top is a heraldic ermine
      Beautiful antique table bell metal and crystal …
      The top is an ermine …
      Very fine work …
      Total height: 11 cm (4.4 in)
      Bell crystal: 4.3 cm x 4.3 cm (1.7 in x 1.7 in)

      Another flint glass bell, this one of the type of a ball, instead of a coordinated, clapper.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/280923896319?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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      117h – RARE ANTIQUE FRENCH BRASS FIGURAL HOTEL DESK BELL MONKEY TURTLE FLAG
      A very rare, antique, French, brass, hotel desk bell.
      It features a monkey wearing a jockey’s cap & riding a turtle. He has wire reins & is holding a flag that reads “TRAIN DE PLAISIR”. The monkey’s tail curls around the flagpole. You push down on the flagpole to ring the bell.
      It measures about 7 1/4″ (18.5 cm.) tall & 4″ (10 cm.) long.
      It is in excellent condition save for the turtle which is missing one of his ruby glass eyes.
      It has no maker’s marks that I can find.

      I find this bell the most interesting of the lot. Not for its condition, which is somewhat rough, but just for the fact that it appears on the market. I have never seen another for sale. It is one bell that deserves to be called rare.

      The staff and banner are brass, the monkey and base may be either brass or gilt. It needs a good cleaning to find out. Some are all gilt. Others may be a mixture of gilt, brass, and bronze.

      The best I have encountered is shown at left below. The contrast between gilt and dark bronze is quite striking. The monkey also has a purse and nose ring. Where can you find one for sale? I wish I knew.
      The one at below right is another in this group. The monkey has the same jockey cap, plus an apron, and appears to be washing clothes. The small clothes basket to the right houses an ink container.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/380457151503?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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      117i – ATQ HEAVY CAST BRONZE NODDER BELL SITTING SETTER DOG ON PILLOW WITH PUPPIES
      This gorgeous cast bronze bell is in the shape of a dog, possibly a Setter of some sort. Two little puppies are next to her, with one pushing its head through her legs. There are very crisp details on the bell, and the dogs. The tail is the handle, and the head is attached to the brass clapper inside, so it moves when the bell is rung, which means it’s the nodder. The clapper is heavy brass, with signs of green patina on it, which indicates that it is a true antique and not a modern reproduction. Although this is quite heavy for its size, the tone of the ring is high pitched and very clear.
      * 3 ½” high. 2 ¼” across the base.
      * 11 ounces.
      * No identifiable problems.

      I deleted some of the nonsense in the seller’s description, but some remains. It is a hard sell that is not needed in this case, and anyone interested in buying this bell obviously knows more about it than s/he does.

      This, of course, is the Mama Dog nodder, the less often encountered companion to Mama Cat. It seems to be properly rigged as a nodder.

      An uncommon bell, but not really rare. I’d say the sale price was about 50% higher than it should be, the result of two bidders, each of whom “had” to have it.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/320952271839?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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    • #15239
      halanb
      Participant

      Must be the Dog Days of August, not much around that I have seen.
      There are a few quality bells finishing at the end of the week.
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      118a – ANTIQUE BRASS METAL COUNTER DESK DOME BELL SERVICE CHURCH STYLE HAND BELL
      Nice BRASS metal DOME SHAPE church style or sleigh bell sound bell.
      Item in VG condition. It DOME SHAPE shape and measure 2 3/4” HIGH.

      The seller certainly made sure to include all likely key search words in the title.
      To me, though, this is the highlight of this group of three, even if it is the least expensive – just a good, honest bronze bell with an attractive shape and a natural color. One curiosity is the triple clapper, more often seen in “ice cream truck” bells. They do make a nice sound.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/271027104963?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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      118b – Cloche brass lady bell 19e siècle super RARE!!!!!!!!!
      Superbe cloche du 19e en très bel état.Extrêmement rare.
      Hauteur:11,8cm. Poids:400 grms.

      Brass lady bell, 19th century, super RARE!!!!!!!!!
      Superb bell of the 19th century in very good condition. Extremely rare.
      Height: 11.8 cm (4.7 in). Weight 400 grms.

      I would not agree that this bell is either super or extremely rare. It is uncommon, but you do see it occasionally and there will be another along. There may have been an earlier lost wax version. This is the sand cast version from early 20C, with typically weak mouth and nose details. It is a decent size, has a nice natural patina, and will display nicely, though I think it was fully priced.

      http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=230829777952

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      118c – Rare Rooster Finial Hotel Finger Tap Lever Mechanical Bell 1860s
      This is a very fancy bronze or brass bell from the mid 1800s. It has been professionally polished and looks amazing. It is very rare to find such a large finial of an animal on these old bells. I have never seen one with a rooster. I think it would be lovely in a bed and breakfast or restaurant. This is a lever ring type bell.Push the lever down and it snaps back up striking the bell . This has a rather flat tone to it. The bell is not cracked. I suspect it needs a washer or 2 to separate the pieces from the bell itself or perhaps just some adjustment. You could even change just the bell part. Many pieces of these bells are inter changeable. The bottom is cast ” ENGLAND “. It is in perfect working condition and free from any damage. The size is aprox. 8 ” tall x 3 1/2 ” diameter.

      The seller says it has been professionally polished and looks amazing. To me, and my personal preference, it looks amazingly overpolished. I would rather have a natural patina. The seller also says it has a rather flat tone (but maybe you can fix it). A washer or two might help, and tightening the finial, but I have often found that these flatter pancake style bells have relatively poor tone. The best tone is often found in desk bells with a conical or dome shape, such as picture 3, another bell he was offering.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/261074998825?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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    • #15240
      halanb
      Participant

      119a – LARGE HEAVY ANTIQUE HEMONY BRASS BELL WITH BEAR HANDLE
      This is a large heavy antique brass Hemony bell. It has a standing bear, holding a shield to the top acting as the handle. The bell dome is embossed with images of knights on horseback jousting outside the walls of a castle with observers overlooking the action in one section. To the base of the bell there is an embossed statement Hemony-me-fecit anno 1567. It is an impressive bell.
      Condition: very good
      Measures: 8.5 inches high x 4.6 inches wide at the base

      I think this is a variant of the version more often seen (Pic 3). That one does not have the brick wall background or brick pillars, has more figures around the base, and a rural background. On this one, some of the figures are omitted because of the columns, and the jousting knights are posed differently. The dimensions on this one are listed as 8.5 x 4.6, and the other is 8.0 x 5.0. If you compare Pics 2 & 3, you will note a slightly different shape.

      Could one be considered the “original” and the other a “copy”? Who knows?

      Needs a good cleaning to get rid of the old dried polish, but quite inexpensive compared to the usual sale price.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/261079706980?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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      119b – Vintage Brass Ships Wheel & Bell Nut Crackers
      Unusual and stylish Nutcrackers
      110mm (4.4 in) high x 75mm (3 in) across the base
      Has stamped in the brass:
      PAT. PEND
      GHS
      REG. DES. 85722

      This is one of those bells that makes me think, Oh wow, what a neat piece! I wonder who thought of that?
      An elegant and functional nut cracker needs a base, so why not a bell?

      The REG. DES. is a British registration number. If you look it up online, you will find that it was registered in 1887, though it could have been made some time after that date.

      http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=320958504491

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      119c – ORIGINAL WW2 BRITISH WAR DEPARTMENT ISSUE AIR RAID HAND ALARM BELL
      An Original WW2 British War Department Issue Hand Alarm bell for warning military of Air raids.
      The bell has a varnished wooden handle which is held to the bell with a brass rivet.
      The Brass Bell is 6″ in diameter at its widest point and has the War Office ‘Crows Foot’ cast into it on the front as can be seen in the photographs.
      The bell stands 10.5″ high.
      It retains its ‘clanger’ which is hung from a loop inside.
      The bell weighs 1.7 KGs. Shipping overseas will be expensive. We only charge actual costs.
      The bell has a very clear tone.

      This bell is similar to the Air Raid Precaution (A.R.P.) bells that we saw in Parts 117a and 41b, which were specifically marked for that purpose. These were made to the same specifications, in the same time period, and probably by some of the same companies. They issued by the War Office, later the Ministry of Defense, and bore the “Crow’s Foot”, also known as a “Broad Arrow” or “Broad Harrow”, a mark used on many British military goods. They are less often seen than the A.R.P. bells, but sell in the same general price range. Even less common are those issued by the British Air Ministry. They had larger “Scramble Bells” to alert fighter pilots for an air raid, like the one in Part 29b-1. These are a smaller handbell version, but would be marked with the King’s Crown, the letters “A.M.”, and usually the date and possibly the maker or contract number.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/350585972277?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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    • #15241
      halanb
      Participant

      119d – RARE – antique FIGURAL SEA GULL on ROCKY BEACH C.I. TABLE BELL 1800s
      Here is a rare Cast Iron with Brass Pull Tab antique Victorian period late 1800s to very early 1900s figural dinner table or hotel counter bell. Has large Sea Gull on Rocky Shore with waves in front of Rocks. 5 in. high x 4 ¼ in. excellent condition with minor surface loss. Works fine. Has minor wear to edge of bell where striker has hit. Great Victorian Table Bell.

      Another item that makes me think, Oh wow, what a neat bell!
      A simple but elegant design, or a design that is elegant in its simplicity, however you might view it. The gull looks like it separates into two pieces, possibly easier to cast that way. In total, two iron castings, one brass flick tab, one spring, one bell, one or two screws. Hardly anything to break or wear (yes, the bell has a chip – so turn it slightly and you’re good to go for another 100 years).

      I placed a bid, but am not the lucky new owner. If it were mine, this is what I would do. The exterior looks to be in good condition, but there is some light rust on the interior. I would disassemble it, if possible, and clean and polish the brass tab and bell. I would buff the interior and spring with fine grade steelwool and WD-40 to remove the rust, wipe clean, then wipe on another light coat of WD-40. The exterior could be left alone, oiled, or waxed. I myself would use stove polish, a sort of black dye wax intended for cast iron stoves. I would advise against painting it, since the original version was not done that way.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/130743023040?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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      119e – Antique ELKINGTON & Co EP Silver Figural Drunken Monk Nodding Table Service Bell
      An antique large & heavy silver-plated Bronze figural nodding head table service bell in the form of a drunken monk with articulated nodding head & internal clapper, hallmarked for Elkington & Co.
      Size (approx’) 5.25″ high

      Instead of the “drunken monk” slur, this figure is considered to be Dom Perignon, an early 18C Benedictine monk who made important contributions to the production of sparkling wine – Champagne.

      It is rigged as a nodder, bears the marks of the British firm Elkington and Co., is silver-plated, and probably made in late 19C. There are also versions in plain bronze, and some with a gilt finish. There is a somewhat smaller modern Russian version, with the pivot for a nodder but fitted with a standard clapper. Even if rigged as a nodder, it wouldn’t work without modifications because the head is set too low in the base.

      I remember another silver version of this bell, though possibly sterling, that sold for $800 at the 2000 ABA convention auction in Frankenmuth MI. The current sale price seems reasonable, even low, for this uncommon bell. It is encountered much less frequently than the following Mother Hubbard.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/390448279719?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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      119f – Antique ELKINGTON & Co Bronze Old Lady Pug Dog & Cane Nodding Table Service Bell
      An antique large & heavy Bronze figural nodding head table service bell in the form of an old lady with a Pug or Pekingese type dog under one arm & holding a walking cane in the other hand; with articulated nodding head & internal clapper, hallmarked for Elkington & Co.
      Size (approx’) 4.5″ high

      Another of the “Mother Hubbard” figures, the most often seen nodder. It is properly rigged as a nodder, and seems to have no missing parts.

      This one, however, is somewhat of a mystery to me. The seller does not say, but from the pictures it seems to have a gilt finish or possibly bright brass. The dark blue backdrop of the photos may confuse the camera’s color perception. Even if the silver had worn off the exterior, you would expect to see more on the interior. The shield mark looks like Elkington, but I cannot read the top left letter. I was not aware that Elkington made anything other than silver plate. I have a silver-plated Elkington Mother Hubbard, and it is marked like the previous Dom Perignon. Perhaps someone else has more information.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/370635931125?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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    • #15242
      halanb
      Participant

      A special treat for you high-end porcelain collectors.
      You probably think that I, a ‘metals’ guy, would not even look at porcelain bells.
      In general, you are correct, and these come to us courtesy of Sergey in Russia. =================================================================================================

      119g – A Meissen table-bell, Circa 1730
      Of hemispherical form, with double-knopped handle, the exterior with three quatrefoil cartouches of merchants at discussion with a church, buildings and boats in the distance, within Böttger-lustre panelled gilt scroll and flowerhead cartouches joined by iron-red and puce Laub-und Bandelwerk and maskheads, the handle with small gilt cartouches of purpurmalerei figures in landscapes above a Böttger-lustre anulated knop, between gilt bands, the interior with a pendant purpurmalerei and iron-red baluster clapper, the rim with a Gitterwerk band (some very minor wear to top of handle and to edge of underside of bell, the gilt loop suspension for the clapper restuck)
      4. 3/4 in. (12 cm.) high

      A ‘bargain’ perhaps, as it sold at the low end of the estimated range.

      http://www.christies.com/lotfinder/lot/a-meissen-table-bell-circa-1730-3950082-details.aspx?intObjectID=3950082?intObjectID=3950082

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      119h – A RARE BLUE AND WHITE BELL
      QIANLONG UNDERGLAZE BLUE FOUR-CHARACTER SEAL MARK BENEATH THE HANDLE AND OF THE PERIOD (1736-1795)
      The bell is decorated with delicately painted bands of leafy lotus scrolls, which are interspersed with bands of lanca characters and a band of emblems. It is further decorated with a narrow band of cranes in flight amidst clouds to the rim and applied to the top with a small handle formed by two mythical beasts.
      5 5/8 in. (14.3 cm.) high

      First, think of the cost to purchase all of the bells in the preceding 118 parts.
      Second, throw in the 119g Meissen above for your granddaughter to play with.
      And now, a drumroll if you please, . . . . . . . . . .

      http://www.christies.com/lotfinder/lot/a-rare-blue-and-white-bell-qianlong-5554582-details.aspx?intObjectID=5554582

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    • #15243
      halanb
      Participant

      120a – CLOCHE ANCIENNE EN PORCELAINE DAME DE QUALITE SIGNEE A.F.
      SIGNEE A.F A L INTERIEUR DE LA CLOCHE VOIR PHOTO 4
      HAUTEUR 15 CM
      PRESENTE UNE TRACE DE RESTAURATION

      BELL ANTIQUE PORCELAIN LADY BELL, OF GOOD QUALITY, SIGNED AF
      SIGNED “AF” IN THE INTERIOR OF THE BELL SEE PHOTO 4
      HEIGHT 15 CM (6 IN)
      SHOWS A TRACE OF RESTORATION

      An attractive porcelain lady bell with bright decoration. I am not familiar with the maker’s mark.

      Nicholas Hilliard, The Phoenix Portrait, NPG London

      It may be a common design in other porcelain lady bells, but, if so, I am not familar with them.
      The design is used, however in several brass lady bells.
      Pearson Page (Birmingham, England) show two in their 1925 catalog, both identified as Queen Elizabeth.
      The larger 5.5″ version is the same design as this porcelain bell, with her right hand on her stomach.
      The smaller 4.5″ version has her left hand on her stomach.
      The pictures below show the relative sizes of these bells.
      This porcelain lady is 6″. The others are 5.5″, 5.25″, 4.5″, and 4.25″.
      Note the different decorative elements on the four brass bells, also the slightly different sizes within the larger pair and the smaller pair. You may encounter even more decorative patterns than those shown here. Did other companies also make them? Why the different sizes and decorative elements? I don’t know.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/320961791766?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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      120b – VINTAGE BRASS BOXING RING BELL, NICE, NR!!
      This is a vintage solid brass 8 inch boxing ring bell mounted on a wooden backboard. It has a very distinctive gong when rung. Other than the springs, it is all brass and in great condition! Weight is 8-9 lbs.

      An unusual feature of this bell is that the frame is brass. Most were made in cast iron.
      The plaque reads RING THE BELL FOR MERRIMENT / AND GOOD CHEER.
      My guess is that it had nothing to do with boxing, but was probably
      from a bar in something like an American Legion or Elks Lodge.

      The correct term for these items is Trip Gong Bell.

      Bevin and others had been making them since around 1880. Those made by Bevin will show their name.
      Many will not identify the maker. Almost all the other manufacturers are long gone, but Bevin still offers them (bevinbells.com) in their current catalog. They make them in sizes from 3″ to 12″.
      The list prices are $13 – $50 in cast iron, and $15 – $84 in brass.

      Some of these bells were used for a boxing ring, but they had a more general purpose
      for anywhere a loud signal bell was needed, such as a factory or a loading dock.

      Since they are normally called a “Boxing Bell”, they are easy to find on eBay, and there are usually at least a dozen for sale in various sizes at any given time.
      Asking prices may be anywhere from $50 to $500, but most sell in the $50 to $100 range.

      If you are interested in having one, I would suggest you first review the ones that have recently been offered for sale. Search eBay for “boxing bell”, then scroll down and click “Completed listings” to the left. You will find many of this type, both in cast iron and brass. Most will have the external hammer, but some will be internal. Many will have a picture with the bell removed so you can see the frame and striking mechanism. Study the differences, pick out one you would like to have, and wait for it to come along. There was one identical to the one above, but missing the plaque, offered last month for $50 with no takers.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/230837229452?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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      120c – Original ANTIQUE Porcelain MEISSEN Nodder 1860s Circa
      Offered for Auction is the exact shown Antique Porcelain Meissen Nodder Figurine. The attached twelve photographs with this listing are of the exact item being offered for sale. Item appears exactly as it is shown in all photographs. Item dates back to the 1860s-1880s. The hands and head of the this nodder will brock back and forth when the surface the nodder is sitting upon is moved. The style of these “nodders” were often used by those of Asian culture to warn of Earthquakes as the nodders head and hands would begin to move. This nodder is of a woman, and when her head is moved back and forth her tongue will go in and out as shown. The hands are also weighed and will move as well. This is a true original Nodder, and measures about 11 inches in height. There are a few imperfections in this piece, and I have shown them in the attached photographs. Please notice in photograph 9 on the back of the nodder there is no paint in this one section as it appears to have had to be repaired at sometime. This of course is not visible from the front. Please use the zoom feature when viewing all of the attached 12 photographs. Offering this rare female nodder for sale with a no reserve auction that will end on Saturday August 18th. This is an extremely rare item, as the female nodder such as this is very rarely seen or found. This of course is the only one online. A similar male nodder appeared on the antique road show a few years ago and was value around $12,000. Do not let this one get away. Place your bid today to win!

      I’ll let the reader sort through the above verbiage, decide what to retain and what to discard.
      For more pertinent information, check Hilma R. Irtz, Figural Nodders, 1997, pp15ff.

      This item was hotly contested, attracting 49 bids. However, 47 of those bids came from the two same bidders, each with low eBay feedback ratings, and each of whom was determined to acquire it.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/150874822320?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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    • #15244
      halanb
      Participant

      121a – An Unusual Very Heavy Bronze Bell Shaped Lady Door Stop c1880/1900
      This very unusual victorian door stop I think dates from between 1880 and 1900, it is made of very heavy solid bronze and has fantastic patina with age, it is made in the form of a medieval woman bust at the top with a shield with a rearing lion in front and the word Roeland which I think may be Belgian in origin but not certain, the doorstop is in the form of a bell but was never used as such as there was never a clapper inside and is too heavy to be used in this way, 6.5 inches high and just under 5 inches diameter and in good condition just a bit tarnished with age.

      The same figure found on the so-called Hemony Sad-Faced Queen, but with a different base.
      There are several versions of this bell, all approximately the same size and weight.
      A friend has suggested that the lady may be based on Eleanor of Acquitaine.

      The seller says “there was never a clapper inside“, but the two rust dots in the center
      of the last picture show the remnants of an iron clapper hanger loop.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/130745723435?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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      121b – Exceptionnel encrier à pompe époque 19éme bronze et porcelaine, avec sonnette
      Exceptionnel encrier à pompe d’époque 19éme en bronze et porcelaine,
      à décor géométrique bleu et doré sur 3 pieds.
      Avec 2 Supports de porte plumes à l’arrière
      Avec une sonnette sur la partie basse de l’encrier
      2 godets en porcelaine de Sèvres (Dont un avec une égrenure)
      Dimensions: 18,5 cm X 13,5 cm / Haut 19 cm
      A noter: les mécanismes de pompe et de la sonnette sont à réviser.
      Les godets ne sont peutêtre pas d’origine.

      Exceptional inkwell with pump, bronze and porcelain, c. 19C, with bell
      Exceptional ink pump, antique bronze and porcelain 19th Century,
      with geometric blue and gold on 3 feet.
      Mounts with 2 supports for an ink pen at the rear.
      With a bell on the bottom of the inkwell.
      2 Sèvres porcelain cups (Including one with chip)
      Dimensions: 18.5 cm (7.4 in) X 13.5 cm (5.4 in) / 19 cm (7.2 in) at the top
      Note: the pump mechanisms and bell need repairs.
      The cups are perhaps not original.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/230838331677?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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      121c – Rare Vintage Figural Bronze Chinaman Mechanical Service Hotel Bell on Marble
      This is a stunning and rare form mechanical Chinaman bell. You pull back the pheasants tail and the arm pulls back and springs back again striking the bell. A very fancy design mounted on a marble base.The marble has some scratches but in overall great shape .This is my favorite! It is in nice working condition and free from any damage. The size is aprox. 6 ” tall x 6 ” long x 4 ” wide.

      A curious fact is that this same seller had one of these very uncommon bells listed and sold last December.
      A careful examination of the pictures from both listings make me think that it is a different bell.
      See Part 44a for that reference.

      Look at the last picture of the base. The seller says it is marble. He may be correct, but if you look at the sides of the drilled holes (it might be necessary to enlarge the higher resolution picture in the listing) they look to me like the material is marblized (marbled) wood, an old faux marble technique of painting wood to look like marble. You sometimes see this in churches where wooden columns are painted to look like marble.
      Would this affect the value of this bell? Probably not.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/251132662382?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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    • #15246
      halanb
      Participant

      Curiosities
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      122a – “Bird on Shoulder” Mechanical Bells

      You will recall the two we have seen – Part 44a in December 2011, and Part 121c in August 2012.

      December 2011, August 2012

      A reader has sent a link to another of these bells, that he purchased in May 2012.
      http://live.vcaauction.com/Hotel-Front-Desk-Embossed-Brass-Figural-Bell_i12244220

      The fourth picture is of a bell from an old collection, and note that the bell is painted or etched.

      May 2012, Old Collection

      Notice that the shaft and bell are straight in the December 2011 bell, but the bell is bent down with the other three bells. Why that is, I don’t know. A faint possibility is that the mallet striking the bell repeatedly has caused the bending, thought that seems remote at best to me.

      It is somewhat strange that three of these very uncommon bells would appear for sale within eight months, but I have no reason to attribute that to anything but coincidence.

      The last two pictures are of a different style that also uses the “bird on shoulder” to activate the ring.
      With this one, the mallet and handle has been replaced with a bent shaft.

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      122c – Meissen Nodder(s)

      You will recall the Oriental lady from Part 120c.

      Oriental Lady (11 in)

      There is a pair of Meissen nodders listed in a Christie’s (London) auction, and described as:

      A PAIR OF MEISSEN NODDING PAGODA FIGURES, THIRD QUARTER OF THE 19TH CENTURY,
      BLUE CROSSED SWORDS MARKS
      Modelled as grinning Orientals in pink, yellow and blue-edged robes with indianische Blumen, yellow and pink shoes, seated cross-legged, each with a detachable head with a lead counter-balance, the hands similarly articulated, his tongue a restored replacement, both with small areas of restoration, slight wear to gilding
      12½ in. (31 cm.) high

      These are what Hilma Irtz describes as Chinoiserie Buddha Nodding Magot figures (female Buddha – Pagod, pronounced pay’-go; male Buddha – Magod, pronounced may’-go)

      Pagoda Figures (12.5 in)

      Per Christie’s: Estimated sale price £25,000 – £30,000 ($39,425 – $47,310)

      Will they get it? I dunno. Stay tuned.

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    • #15247
      halanb
      Participant

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      123a – Late 19thc Bronze BELL BUTTON, TURTLE Figural, FINE AND RARE
      Here is a nice bell, superb animal bronze sculpted table bell, a sophisticated model, the head of turtle forming push button. The push bell is electic, and in very good condition. Pretty model, something rare, a spectacular bell, more than one century old, which we guarantee.
      Dimensions: 11 cm (4.4 in) and 6.8 cm (2.7 in).
      French working, unmarked 1900s or early twentieth century.
      Condition: good, nothing is broken,there is some traces of wear, on the old patina; this item is a little object of Art.

      We saw one of these previously, in Part 81a, but that one was missing the base.
      This one seems complete and is probably in working order.
      Notice that only the head will activate the switch,
      not both head and tail as with the mechanical bells.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/261084030945?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

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      123b – Jugendstil Tischklingel Peter Tereszczuk Arthur Rubinstein Bronze 1900 Wien
      Sie bieten hier auf eine Jugendstil Tischklingel um 1900, Wien
      Design / Entwurf von Peter Tereszczuk , Gießerei Arthur Rubinstein
      Höhe ca.: 12,5cm

      Art Nouveau table bell Peter Tereszczuk Arthur Rubinstein Bronze 1900 Vienna
      You are bidding on an Art Nouveau table bell c. 1900, Vienna
      Design by Peter Tereszczuk, foundry Arthur Rubinstein
      Height approx: 12.5 cm (5 IN)

      Another bell push by Peter Tereszczuk.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/320968178302?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

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      123c – antique Franz Bergman bronze bell lamp switch owl skull glass eyes dental 1890
      Incledibly rare find, we have a vienna bronze atribuited to Franz Bergman which is a switch to a electric bell, as you can see from the photos the wires are almost destroyed with age seems a shame to remove them they could be used to hang it on display, the wires lead down ito the skull and attatch to the switch wich has a small bone button ( they used bone to prevent electric shocks i guess ) electric bells became comercial in around 1881 Im confident this switch will date to circa 1880s – 1890s, its heavy for it size solid bronze very fine detail to the carving the owls eyes are glass, its 7cm in hight, as far as Im awear at the date of this Bergman was the main bronze maker that could produce sure finely detailed practical useable items on such a scale he made many lamps and and other electrical items from bronze so im confident it is by him. Comparisment bronze owls can be easily found on google by bergman that have no mecanical aspects. It has a great yellow mustard golden patina to the unpainted bronze that is exactly the colour this type of bronze and of this age should be, the switch section at the base can be opned by removing the tiny screw as shown in the last photos which give access to the switch inside.
      When i purchased it in Germany I was informed it was used in a dental practice to activate the bell in the waiting room as the recptionist was also the assistant to the dentist, this seems correct as it is a contact switch rather than a click swith so the contact is only formed while the button is pressed, the owl and skull have often apeared in history showing wisdom when connected with medical and masonic imagery, the practice may have been owned a dentist freemason, or its representing wisdom teeth 🙂

      I will ignore the numerous spelling errors, as that may tell you something about the seller.

      The seller says the bell push is attributed to Franz Bergman, without offering the source of the attribution.

      Bergman was a large and well known foundry at that time, offering a large variety of items from dozens of different designers, but there were at least fifty other bronze foundries in Vienna at that time. The better known ones would mark their work, such as in the case above with Artur Rubenstein [AR] , and Fritz Bermann – FBW (Fritz Bermann Wein). Bergman’s usual mark was a B inside an Urn symbol. Some of his work was marked NAMGREB (Bergman backwards). Occasionally it would also be marked Geschutzt (Registered or Trademarked), or Austria if it was intended for export to the USA. If a piece is not marked, I would think there is no reason to assume it was made by Bergman.

      This could be considered a Memento Mori (Remember your mortality) item, popular in religious art and writing in the Middle Ages and though about 1700. By 1900, it strikes me as somewhat grotesque and macabre.

      Bergman marks

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/330784474414?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

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    • #15248
      halanb
      Participant

      124a – BELLE PETITE CLOCHETTE DE TABLE EN FORME DE CHAT MARQUEE RIZETTE
      Belle clochette de table de 10 cm de haut, systeme de percussion manquant (mais pas trés difficle à faire). Le mot “Rizette” est marqué su le chat, trés bon état.

      BEAUTIFUL SMALL TABLE BELL IN THE FORM OF A CAT, MARKED RIZETTE
      Beautiful table bell, 10 cm (4 in) in height, missing the clapper (but not difficult to replace).
      The word “Rizette” is inscribed on the cat, very good condition.

      Another of the Art Deco figural bells that I like. The inscription may appear to be Rizette, but it actually is Bizette, for Andre Bizette-Lindet, a French sculptor from the 1930s. When properly identified, his works are highly collectable.

      Another bell on which I should have placed a bid, but failed to do so. It sold for a very low price.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/261092630888?ssPageName=STRK:MESINDXX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1436.l2649

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      124b – UNUSUAL BRASS LADY BELL TYPE IN THE FORM OF A HOUSE OR MARKET PLACE/HALL C1900.
      This is a most unusual brass bell which is in the form of a period house or market hall. It was probably made as a souvenir from a town or village where this particular building stood. If anyone recognises it, I would appreciate knowing. It is well detailed & has its original clapper which gives a pleasant ring. It stands 8 cms (3.2 in) tall, is 5.5 cms (2.2 in) across the base & weighs 231 grams. I would say that it dates around 1900.

      Thank you to the very kind ebayer who sent me details re the name of the building. It runs as follows: The building is the Yarn Market Hall in Dunster, Somerset, England. It was built around 1609 to shelter the traders, destroyed during the Civil War & restored around 1647. Local cloth is known as “dunsters”, hence the name of the village.

      The building is octagonal in shape – an unusual but not unique design.

      This small brass bell, not all that uncommon, is always in demand for some reason. The sale price is typical, though one may occasionally slip through at a much lower price.

      http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=290767904873

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      124c – ANCIENNE PEU COURANTE CLOCHETTE DE TABLE EN BRONZE A EFFIGIE DE JEANNE D’ARC
      A EFFIGIE DE “JEANNE D’ARC”
      OBJET DE COLLECTION
      DÉCOR/ PERSONNAGE “JEANNE D’ARC” AVEC LE HEAUME
      A SES PIEDS – VOIR PHOTO
      MATIÈRE BRONZE
      ETAT / CORRECT !
      HAUT / 12 CM
      POIDS / 418 GRS
      USURE DU TEMPS

      LITTLE OLD COMMON BELL BRONZE TABLE A EFFIGY OF JOAN OF ARC
      AN EFFIGY OF “JOAN OF ARC”
      COLLECTIBLE OBJECT
      CHARACTER “JOAN OF ARC” WITH HELMET AT HER FEET
      MATERIAL BRONZE
      GOOD CONDITION
      HEIGHT 12 CM (4.8 IN)
      WEIGHT / 418 GRS
      NORMAL WEAR

      An unusual and seldom seen version of a Joan of Arc bell. The seller says it is bronze, I suspect it is brass, though the condition and casting are more important than the choice of metal.

      Pic 5 shows the most often seen Joan of Arc, in brass and sand cast.
      Pic 6 is a better version, again in brass and sand cast.
      Pic 7 is a lost wax casting in sterling, and with the sword. This is also found in brass/bronze occasionally and both are typically much more expensive than the sand cast versions.
      Pic 8 shows a different version, even higher quality than the sterling, in bronze and lost wax,
      from the Anselm Lange collection.
      All are about 4 in (10 cm) high.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/190718422111?ssPageName=STRK:MESINDXX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1436.l2649

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    • #15249
      halanb
      Participant

      125a – UNUSUAL VICTORIAN BRASS PAINTED CAT WITH MOVING HEAD AND WITH KITTENS HAND BELL.
      VICTORIAN UNUSUAL SOLID BRASS PAINTED HAND BELL.
      CAT WITH KITTENS.
      CATS HEAD MOVES WITH BELL CLANGER.
      CATS TAIL IS THE HANDLE AT SIDE.
      PAINTED BLACK,WITH GREEN AND PINK FINISHED FEATHERS ALL THE WAY ROUND.
      CAT SITS ON TOP.
      THE CATS MOVING HEAD LICKS ITS PAW.
      THE 2ND PAW PROTECTS 2 OF THE KITTENS (3 KITTENS IN ALL) AT HER SIDE.THE 3RD KITTEN IS BEHIND HER.
      THE CAT IS DETAILED WITH GREEN EYES,PINK TONGUE AND MODELLED LIFE LIKE FUR PATTERN.
      4″ TALL.

      Only one picture, poor quality, but faithful readers should recognize Mama Cat by now.
      Apparently many people did not, or passed it by, and someone got a real bargain.
      Unusual version, with the painted details.

      http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=150896165364

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      125b – Vintage brass Lady Bell very rare
      Vintage Brass Lady bell with a masked ball double headed hat.
      This must be one for the collector.
      It stands 13cm high and made from brass.

      For once a seller is correct, in that this is indeed a very rare bell,
      probably the hardest to find of any figurine bell in this group.

      Lois Springer shows two, in The Collector’s Book of Bells, plate 289, page 175.
      You can also find pictures of some in various Dorothy Anthony World of Bells books.

      There are two groups – the original, high quality, lost wax series, and a reproduction
      sand cast series of much lower quality. This is one of the lost wax versions.

      Another great bargain for an observant buyer.

      http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vintage-brass-Lady-Bell-very-rare-Please-look-/170907913667

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      125c – BELL – ANTIQUE BRONZE BELL
      This beautiful bell with original clapper is 6.5cm across and 12cm high.
      The exquisite detailing shows several flowers, Oak leaves and Acorns in great detail.

      One of the figural bells that I especially like.

      Another bargain, though not to the same extent as the two above.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/290772625491?ssPageName=STRK:MESINDXX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1436.l2649

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    • #15250
      halanb
      Participant

      125d – Brass Bell / Lady Bell Collectors! Rare Demonic Two Faced Brass Bell!
      Rare Demonic Two Faced Brass Bell with a Fist rising from his head!
      3.5 inches tall with a clapper.

      One of the Oni bells, and we have seen previous examples.
      The metal is often thin between the braids of the beard near the rim, and sometimes cracked.
      This one appears intact, though hard to tell from the low quality pictures.

      See also, Devils and Demons viewtopic.php?f=6&t=4160

      I think the auction price was about triple the usual price.
      They are not that uncommon, and you can find one if you keep looking.

      http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vintage-brass-Lady-Bell-very-rare-Please-look-/170907913667

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      125e – A VERY RARE BRASS LADY BELL…..NUN
      A GOOD QUALITY BRASS BELL … NUN …
      THE BELL MAY BE MADE FROM NICKEL SILVER, RATHER THAN BRASS,
      WHICH HAS BEEN GOLD PLATED AT SOME TIME.
      THE BELL MEASURES 2 INCHES WIDE BY 4 INCHES HIGH.
      THE BELL IS UNMARKED.
      THE GOLD PLATING IS WORN OTHER THAN IN THE RECESSES.
      THE BELL HAS LOST ITS CLAPPER, OTHERWISE THE BELL IS IN VERY GOOD CONDITION.

      This is one of my favorite bells, a somewhat understated design more in the Art Deco mode,
      and I have had several over the years. It is also found in both plain bronze and as silver-plated.

      The seller mentions several possible metals from which the bell may have been made.
      Bronze is traditionally 95% copper and 5% tin when used for table bells.
      Brass is traditionally 95% copper and 5% zinc when used for table bells.
      Either can have lower percentages of other metals, including lead, silicon, nickel, aluminum,
      manganese, magnesium, beryllium, …
      There are hundreds of copper alloys, many formulated for specific industrial purposes.

      The particular alloy chosen for this bell has also puzzled me.
      The color is wrong for nickel silver, one possibility that the seller mentions.
      What s/he thinks might be gold-plating, I suspect is a low level of oxidation.
      The surface is not porous like bronze, but more like brass in that regard.
      Whatever it is, it is pleasing both to sight and touch.
      Buy one, and I think you will like it too.

      However, I could not recommend having purchased this one, at double to triple the usual price.

      http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/A-VERY-RARE-BRASS-LADY-BELL-NUN-/230848464051

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    • #15251
      halanb
      Participant

      125f – Rare Antique Hand-Painted French Faience Figural *Dinner Bell* Aristocrat Lady
      Measuring 7 ½” (18.5cm) tall, this Dinner Bell represents a 17th century French Aristocrat Lady. Her dress is hand painted and she is wearing a tall cloth bonnet. This bell still retains its original pottery clacker. The artist signed this antique Faience Pottery Bell “ANF”. The letters are together and it could be NAF. There are no problems or any repairs to this antique figural Dinner Bell; however, there is an imperfection on the lady’s cheek. When I look with a loupe I can see this is an indentation in the glaze and not a chip.

      Finally, something for you Porcelain People.

      I can’t really say much about it. I like it, I would like to have it, I would not like to have paid a price sufficient to acquire this particular example though there was plenty of competition.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/380467445828?ssPageName=STRK:MESINDXX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1436.l2649

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      125g – 12 Antique 19C. Indian Bronze Foot Scrubber Rattle Bell Collection
      Description : Collection of twelve Antique 19th C. Indian bronze foot scrubbers .
      Most of these have rattles inside. These were used to massage feet since many did not have shoes.
      These are all figural with birds, horses, a deity and more.
      11 of 12 are Deaccessioned from Honolulu Museum Of Art.
      Size : Vary in size most 3 1/2-4″ Tall.
      Age : 19th C.
      Condition : Very good condition.

      Why buy one when you can buy a bunch?

      Many metal bell collectors have a few of these. A smaller group pursues them with greater zeal.
      Some are genuine antiques and date back to 19C, while others are more recent.
      It is up to the purchaser to decide which is which.

      I wouldn’t make too much of them having been de-accessioned from a museum. That often means that someone gave them to the museum a long time ago, they have been sitting in a cabinet in the basement for quite a few years, and the museum decided to dispose of them to free up the space and/or to use the sale funds to purchase something else. That said, you might still assume that they are fairly old and may be good quality.

      Many of the antiques scrubbers sell in the $100 range, so this may have been a decent bargain for a dozen.

      http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=390462233929

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    • #15252
      halanb
      Participant

      126a – Antique Hallmarked Solid Silver Reception Desk Bell, Chester 1900 – W58
      Vintage Condition-The silver casing has come loose from the wooden base, also the silver casing has some dents. The wood is scratched.
      This is a Antique Hallmarked Solid Silver Reception Desk Bell.
      It is hallmarked and dates to Chester 1900, makers mark is JDWD.
      You turn the dial at the top and the bell rings.
      Wooden Base.
      Measures 4″ in diameter and just over 3″ tall.

      Reasonable condition, could use polishing, not bad for the sale price.
      I don’t think we have previously seen a Chester hallmark.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/160885391229?ssPageName=STRK:MESINDXX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1436.l2649

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      126b – UNUSUAL RARE pat1800s VICTORIAN SILVER PLATE FIGURAL HAND TABLE HOTEL DESK BELL
      An unusual circa 1800s Victorian figural Hand Silver Plate Bell. The bell does have some wear to the silver plate as can be seen in the images, The push button is loose however the bell is in working condition. The overall size is about 8″ high. The top collar is stamped with Pat. dates Aug 1863, Apr 1870.

      Uncommon, though not rare. You sometimes find them on a wooden base.
      One of the late 19C mechanical bells from Connecticut.
      Fairly standard price.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/360487802476?ssPageName=STRK:MESINDXX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1436.l2649

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      126c – Antique Figural Victorian Woman Desk Counter Maid Bell Silver Plate Brass
      Measuring 4 1/2“ tall by 3 1/4“ in diameter this antique sliver plated brass bell depicts a Victorian Woman with a full skirt. When you press down on the little lever, a clacker rings on the inside of her skirt.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/380470706399?ssPageName=STRK:MESINDXX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1436.l2649

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    • #15253
      halanb
      Participant

      126d – VICTORIAN SILVER GUARDS HELMET TABLE BELL Samuel Watton Smith Birmingham 1876
      Victorian silver Table Bell made in the form of a Guards Helmet, pierced and engraved with flowers and foliage amongst scrolls, two vacant cartouches. The metal mechanical bell with a silver base is operated by twisting the spike.
      In good condition with no damage or repair, the operating spike just slightly loose in its housing. The bell in good working order.
      By Samuel Watton Smith, Birmingham, 1876
      118 mm (4.7 in) high.

      It is more common to encounter these with a Germanic theme and a larger size,
      though those will be brass or silver-plated, not sterling.

      By far the highlight of this group, though by far the most expensive.

      http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=150899807447

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    • #15254
      halanb
      Participant

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      Several people wrote to ask why I had posted no updates. I have been away for about 10 days,
      usually without Internet access, and was only watching a few bells.

      It was my privilege to visit John & Barb McCombie at their home and studio near Indiana PA,
      and see one of John’s newer bells, the 13″ bronze Rest on Arms of a Civil War Union soldier.

      It was also my privilege to attend Barry & Marlene Halbritter’s annual event at their Hemlock Estates
      lodge near Altoona PA, this year commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Pittsburgh chapter.

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      127a – RARE WW2 BELL SHAPED ASHTRAY CAST WITH METAL OF GERMAN AIRCRAFT SHOT DOWN. RAF
      RARE BELL SHAPED ASHTRAY ” CAST WITH METAL FROM GERMAN AIRCRAFT SHOT DOWN OVER BRITAIN 1939-45 , RAF BENEVOLENT FUND “.
      EMBOSSED WITH THE FACES OF THE 3 ALLIED LEADERS ( THE BIG THREE ).
      SCARCE ITEM , HARDER TO FIND THAN THE VICTORY BELL OF THE SAME CASTING.
      APPROX 3 1/2 INCHES TALL. IN GOOD CONDITION , NO DAMAGE.

      The base looks like a normal RAF/Victory/Benevolent Fund aluminum bell. I have talked to several people who collect these bells, and none of us has ever seen one like this. I first thought that it may have been a conversion, but in that case it would have had a flat base welded on, whereas this base is cast and raised above the rim. It has no maker’s marks, but that is normal with the bells also.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/170915532916?ssPageName=STRK:MESINDXX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1436.l2649

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      127b – VINTAGE SPAIN SPANISH STERLING SILVER ORNATE BIRD ON TREE BRANCH HANDLE BELL
      BELL DEPICTS ORNATE BIRD ON TREE BRANCH HANDLE.
      SPANISH SILVER HALLMARK AS SHOWN IN THE PHOTO.
      BELL IS TESTED STERLING SILVER.
      MEASURES 3-1/8″ TALL.
      WEIGHS 39.4 GRAMS / 1.38 OZ.
      GOOD CONDITION. SHOWS SURFACE SCRATCHES AND SMALL DENT TO THE BELL.

      I doubt this is very old, and I am not familiar with Spanish marks, but the base has an attractive
      conical shape that complements the tree branch and bird, and draws attention to them.
      The branch and bird have excellent detail.

      Somewhat of a bargain price for such a quality item.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/330797353697?ssPageName=STRK:MESINDXX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1436.l2649

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      127c – Antique RUSSIAN Silver Gilt NIELLO ENAMEL Bell in Box ANGELS CHERUBS
      An antique Russian(?) silver gilt niello enamel bell with original box.
      This piece is beautifully decorated with angels/cherubs playing musical instruments.
      The bell is unhallmarked but has tested as silver.
      Dimensions: height approx. 10.5cm and diameter 6.1cm.
      Weight: 68.5 grams.

      I have no doubt about the antique part, but am not certain about the Russian attribution.
      It is unusual to find a silver bell that does not have maker’s marks.
      The original leather bound case is a bonus feature.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/280978432627?ssPageName=STRK:MESINDXX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1436.l2649

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    • #15096
      halanb
      Participant

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      Two Monk Bells and Two Copies of Each

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      128a – Pearson Page – Fr Peter
      This is shown in their 1925 catalog, and seems to have been copied and recopied many times.
      Even the earlier versions do not match their usual standards for the first series of bells that they issued.
      Two of these bells were recently listed on eBay, and the pictures show a comparison.
      The first has both poor details and is a poor casting.
      The second has relatively good details but is also a poor casting.
      However, they are not atypical of what is usually found for sale.

      128a1 – Bronze/Brass Monk Bell Carrying basket and umbrella
      a bronze/brass bell in the form of a portly monk. The height is approx 5 inches, the width/diameter approx. 2 inches. The monk is carrying a basket in one hand and what looks to be an umbrella in the other. The condition is generally good but there are a couple of rough spots from the casting but I don’t feel this impacts the appearance.

      128a2 – Great Antique Late 1800’s Cast Brass Lady Bell Monk with Umbrella Figure
      Very good condition. No clapper inside. See pictures. Approx. 5½” tall.

      128a1: http://www.ebay.com/itm/320994714766?ssPageName=STRK:MESINDXX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1436.l2649

      128a2: http://www.ebay.com/itm/190732066519?ssPageName=STRK:MESINDXX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1436.l2649

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      128b – Pearson Page?
      This second version is shown for reference – brass, sand cast, ~5″.
      It depicts a monk, possibly an abbey steward, with keys at his belt,
      carrying several bottles of wine under his arms,
      and with a round basket held to his stomach.
      It seems to date from the first period as the monk above.
      It is not shown in the 1925 Pearson Page catalog,
      but that does not show all the bells made they made in that era.

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      Marina K sent photos of her monk bell, similar to the one in Part 128a2.
      Relatively good details but also some casting flaws.

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    • #15256
      halanb
      Participant

      129 a – A JOHN MC COMBIE BRONZE OWL BELL
      A JOHN MC COMBIE BRONZE OWL BELL, SIGNED AND DATED, EDITION OF 36 / 50,
      135MM (5.3 IN) HEIGHT, HAVING A WONDERFUL MOUSE FORM CLANGER!!

      Not often seen for sale and difficult to locate because of the relatively low edition sizes of John’s bells.
      The least common of the bells we will see in this part.

      Normally would sell in the $300+ range, but an alert buyer got a bargain.

      http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=180989355151

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      129b – ALTE TISCHKLINGEL GLOCKE BRONZE RELIEF ~1900 KÖNIG-BILDNISSE
      Alte Bronze Glocke/Tischklingel um 1900, schöne Arbeit, 737 Gramm, H 12,8 cm, weitester D 10,1 cm

      OLD TABLE BELL BRONZE RELIEF ~ 1900, KING-PORTRAITS
      Old bronze bell / desk bell c. 1900, nice work, 737 grams, H 12.8 cm (5 in), D 10.1 cm (4 in) at widest point

      Another copy of the Czar Kolokol, in the smaller size, with gilt finish, and missing the cross (see Pic 4) at the top which is not uncommon. The cross is attached by a small screw that is easily broken.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/370662363620?ssPageName=STRK:MESINDXX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1436.l2649

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      129c – Antique Sterling Silver Figural Statue Dinner Calling Bell Iridescent Patina
      AMAZING DINNER BELL OR CALLING BELL
      SPANIARD FIGURINE AS THE HANDLE DRESSED IN FULL UNIFORM
      AMAZING IRIDESCENT PATINA THAT ONLY COMES WITH LOTS OF AGE
      NO DAMAGE TO NOTE! MAKES A WONDERFUL RINGING SOUND
      HIGH RELIEF SCROLLING ON THE BODY OF THE BELL
      STAMPED “G.B. 925” ALONG WITH 2 OTHER STAMPS I CANT MAKE OUT
      WEIGHS A HEFTY 76.7 GRAMS
      THE BASE OF THE BELL MEASURES 2 INCHES IN DIAMETER
      WITH A HEIGHT OF 3 INCHES WHEN STANDING

      I wouldn’t give much weight to the AMAZING IRIDESCENT PATINA since this is silver that tarnishes quickly. The pictures are fuzzy and it is hard to see the stamps. If the second mark is a rooster then I would think French, but I really do not know.


      http://www.ebay.com/itm/271078541735?ssPageName=STRK:MESINDXX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1436.l2649

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    • #15257
      halanb
      Participant

      129d – VINTAGE CARL WAGNER BRONZE CAPE BUFFALO BELL 1979 SIGNED #16/1000
      This is a wonderful 1979 Carl Wagner Bronze Bell of a Cape Buffalo.
      This Bronze measures 6 inches tall 8 inches wide, 5½ deep with the clapper being the hoof of the buffalo. The Bronze is in very good condition. It is signed “Carl Wagner 16/1000 ©79” on the inside of the bell.
      Carl Wagner of Salida, Colorado made bells from 1977 through 1979. In a 2009 interview he said that only some of the 20 different bells reached their full intended production run, however he kept no records as to the actual quantity made of each. Carl passed away in 2011.

      The patina color is normally a dark brown. This bell is much lighter and seems as if there may be a problem on the reverse. Normally the bells are signed “C. Wagner” but a friend told me that her Cape Buffalo also has the full name “Carl Wagner”.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/200829786473?ssPageName=STRK:MESINDXX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1436.l2649

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    • #15258
      halanb
      Participant

      130a – JEANNE D’ARC CLOCHETTE DE TABLE EN BRONZE – XIXème Siècle
      Bronze, Hauteur 10 cm, poids 308 Gr
      Bon état.

      JOAN OF ARC BRONZE TABLE BELL – 19TH CENTURY
      Bronze, Height 10 cm (4 in), weight 308 gm (11 oz)
      Good condition.

      Sand cast bell, average condition for this model.
      The first picture is the one currently listed.
      The second and third are others of the same type.
      There are slight differences, but nothing more than that.

      The figure is based on a statue by Princess Marie d’Orleans (1813 – 1839), daughter of Louis Philippe.
      Dead at age 25, she left only a small body of work, of which this is by far the most popular.
      The original was marble, installed at Versailles in 1837, many times copied in bronze in various sizes.

      The sword is omitted on sand cast bells. Very occasionally, less than 1% of the time,
      you might encounter this bell in a lost wax version where the figure is holding a sword.
      Typical prices – sand cast $50, lost wax $250.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/251167172461?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

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      130b – PAIR OF EARLY C19TH BRASS RUMBLE BELLS
      These two crotal rumble bells measure 6 inches radius inc. loop.
      One has RW on the front the other has GW.

      The seller must mean 6 inches in circumference.
      The bells are about 2 inches in diameter (1 inch in radius).

      Robert Wells and his sons Robert and James were making these bells around 1800.
      All of theirs are marked RW.
      Both bells have exactly the same style of decoration.
      If related, who then is GW?

      Small RW bells should sell in the $10 range. I think these carried a premium because of the GW.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/110963591712?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

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      130c – CLOCHE CLOCHETTE DE TABLE DRAGON SATYRE MYTHOLOGIE 19ème XIXème
      Superbe qualité d’exécution pour cette cloche de table en bronze du XIXème siècle.
      Parfait état, Hauteur: 9,5 cm

      TABLE BELL – DRAGON – SATYR – MYTHOLOGY – 19TH CENTURY
      Supurb quality in detail for this bronze table bell from the 19th Century.
      Perfect condition, Height: 9.5 cm (3.7 in)


      http://www.ebay.com/itm/170918369744?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

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    • #15259
      halanb
      Participant

      130d – Cloche de table en bronze Marquise Antique lady bell
      Cloche de table en bronze
      Hauteur 14,5 cm, poids 708 g
      Manque le marteau

      Antique bronze table bell, aristocratic lady bell
      Bronze table bell
      Height 14.5 cm (5.7 in), weight 708 gm (25 oz)
      Missing the clapper

      This bell is shown in the 1925 Pearson Page catalog, where it is called the “Queen Mary.”
      However, many of their names are fanciful and inaccurate.
      Many people identify the bell as Marie Antoinette, dressed for rural activities
      at her Le Hameau estate at Versailles. Note the butterfly net.

      These bells are all sand cast, but there may be variations in how well the work was done.
      The key to finding a good one is to look at the left side of the face and neck,
      where detail is often missing or blurred. This bell is well above average in that respect,
      but nobody seemed interested.


      You might find a lower quality copy in the $50 – $100 range.
      The asking price for this bell was reasonable for a high quality example.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/251165647454?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

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      130e – 1850s GORHAM Sterling Hand Engraved Trumpet Flowers Bird Dragonflies Table BELL
      Up for auction is an antique 1850s sterling silver Gorham table/ service bell in very good condition for the age. There is normal wear, age, and patina to the bell. The bell is free of damage and has some very light scratches as well as some very light dings. The design is beautiful with trumpet flowers and a bird chasing two dragonflies. I have not found this design/ pattern in my searches of Gorham pieces. The mark dates this piece between 1852-1865, and I’m going with the 1850s. The bell measures 4 3/16″ tall, 2 1/4″ in diameter, and weighs 87.2 grams, just about 3 troy ounces.

      These early Gorham bells are always well made, highly collectible, yet still affordable.
      The silver-plated over brass tea bells are the most common, and may be found in the $50 range.
      Switch to sterling, and the price often triples.
      Substitute Tiffany for Gorham, and the price doubles or triples again.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/180997556744?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

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      130f – FAUN & NYMHE ALS TISCHKLINGEL AUF MARMORSOCKEL
      WIENER BRONZE ALS TISCHKLINGEL
      FAUN UND NYMPHE (AUF MARMORSOCKEL)
      DURCH BEWEGEN DES FAUNS WIRD DER KLINGELKONTAKT GESCHLOSSEN
      KABEL FEHLT – ELEKTRISCH FUNKTION NICHT GEPRUEFT
      CA 10 CM HOEHE DURCHMESSER SOCKEL 7 CM
      SCHOENE ALTE PATINA

      FAUN & NYMPH AS A TABLE BELL ON MARBLE BASE
      VIENNA BRONZE (OBJECT) AS TABLE BELL
      FAUN AND NYMPH (ON MARBLE BASE)
      BY MOVING THE FAUN, THE RING CONTACT IS CLOSED
      CABLE IS MISSING – ELECTRICAL FUNCTION NOT TESTED
      ABOUT 10 CM (4 IN) HEIGHT, BASE DIAMETER 7 CM (2.8 IN)
      NICE OLD PATINA

      Another bell push, presumably from Austria, around 1900.
      Most of the Vienna Bronze items were “cold-painted” with polychrome paint.
      This seems to have had a thin gilt coating, now wearing off.
      The underlying metal may be spelter, not bronze – hard to tell from these pictures.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/180997160584?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

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    • #15260
      halanb
      Participant

      Re: 130a – Joan of Arc

      This is a lost wax version of the Joan of Arc bell, with sword, from the Manfred Bicker collection.
      The dress details are slightly different than the sand cast version.

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    • #15261
      halanb
      Participant

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      I did not encounter that many top quality bells this week, but there is always something.
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      131a – 1990 National Shrine of “OUR LADY OF THE SNOWS”
      Ceramic bell from the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, Belleville IL.
      It is in new condition. It measures 5 in. tall & 3.5 in.diameter.

      With Christmas approaching, you may wish to search for bells of that season.

      I have encountered bells from 1990 – 1993. There may be others, and they are relatively easy to find.

      1991 – 1992 – 1993

      Without doubt, the bargain of the week.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/140870893295?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

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      131b – French Table Dinner Figural Lady China Bell Made in France Normandie mrkd 1970/1
      This is a 7” tall china bell in the shape of a lady figure. It appears to be hand painted. Has a Quimper look but not so marked. Marked on the inside with “FRANCE” and the numbers 1970/1. I’m assuming that this is a date? The front of the bell at the bottom of the dress is marked “NORMANDIE”. The ceramic ball clapper is attached to a bar on the inside of the bell with a gold braided string. The piece is in very nice condition. I see one small nick on her cap and another on the backside at the bottom of the dress. Both of these look like the surface of the glaze is popped off.

      Attractive lady figurine bell, but outside my normal area,
      so I do not feel qualified to offer any comments.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/150928182417?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

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      131c – Vintage 1955 Stoermer bell & brass foundry, Kitchener Ont., building badge, BEVER
      VINTAGE BUILDING BADGE FOR THE STOERMER BELL & BRASS FOUNDRY, KITCHENER ONT., CANADA 1955. HAS A BEVER ON TOP OF SHIELD. ITEM IS APPROX. 3″ X 4″. ITEM IS BRASS OR BRONZE. NOT SURE. IN GREAT CONDITION. HAS A STUD OUT OF BACK APPROX. 1 1/2″ . COMPANY NO LONGER IN BUSINESS. BOUGHT OUT BY CINCINNATI, OHIO CO.

      A bell-related item of interest to those who collect in that area.
      Stoermer made church, school, and fire bells.

      Note: If you wish to include a “search word” in the title and description to attract interest,
      it might help to spell BEAVER correctly.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/vintage-1955-stoermer-bell-brass-foundry-kitchener-ont-building-badge-BEVER-/190741886029?pt=Antiques_Decorative_Arts&hash=item2c691a344d

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    • #15262
      halanb
      Participant


      131d – Art Deco c.1930s Original WMF Ikora Silver Bell with Engraved Signature

      Description: Art Deco 1930s WMF Ikora Silver bell with engraved signature stamp. Not sure whether silver or plated.
      Size: 120 mm (4.7 in) in height
      Condition: very good
      Weight: 185 grammes (6.6 oz)

      WMF made Ikora items in both glass and silver (plate), all top quality and highly collectible.

      From: http://www.silvercollection.it/wmf.html
      As of 1925, products created by the Contemporary Decorative Products Department (NKA) made their debut on the market. This department was set up under the direction of Hugo Debach in order to establish the name of WMF amongst consumers interested in art and design. This department was responsible for producing the special “Ikora” finish, which has earned an important place in the annals of art history. The “Ikora” brand name referred to a specific method of treating the surface of the metal, by which layers of coating were applied in a partly chemical and partly heat induced process. A host of newly developed hand-finishing techniques enhanced the possibilities for adding decorative flourishes to the products. Despite being mass produced, every item looked as if it had been individually crafted.

      This to me is the highlight of the group, even though not the most expensive.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/181000307880?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

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      131e – LADY BELL – RARE – BRASS MEDIEVAL JESTER ON HOBBY HORSE
      A rare vintage brass “lady bell”, approx. 3.75″ high, in the form of a Medieval Jester riding a Hobby Horse. Good condition complete with clapper.

      An interesting bell, difficult to find, with a popular theme, always in demand.
      However, truth be told, not that great a bell from a construction viewpoint.
      Just a typical sand cast brass bell, relatively shallow details.

      Only the first picture is from the listing. The others are from a bell in my collection.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/160904592488?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

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    • #15263
      halanb
      Participant

      132a – ARP Wooden Warning Rattle W Clements & Sons 1939 WWII
      ARP (Air Raid Precaution) WOODEN WARNING RATTLE
      MARKED ON TOP EDGE : ARP / W CLEMENTS & SONS / 1939
      GOOD WORKING ORDER NO WOODWORM
      SIZE APPROX 11″ LONG X 9.25″ HIGH 28X 23.5CM

      Similar to the ARP brass hand bells, these rattles were intended to be used in case of a gas attack.
      That never happened, so these rattles can often be found in as-new condition.
      For more information, see viewtopic.php?f=11&t=4341

      Wooden rattles are also used in Catholic monasteries on Good Friday and Holy Saturday,
      when bells are not rung until the Easter service.

      The second picture shows the manufacturer’s name burned into the top frame.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/190742898213?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

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      132b – Venice Italy Murano Hand Blown Art Glass Clown Bell & Paperweight
      Manufacturer: Made in Venice, Italy
      Material: Glass
      Description: Multi-colored glass clown bell and paperweight.
      Hallmark/backstamp: Yes
      Dimensions:
      – Bell 6″ Tall
      – Paperweight 4.25″
      Condition: Very good condition – free of chips, cracks or breaks.

      Other Murano clown bells:

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/170931411713?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

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    • #15264
      halanb
      Participant

      132c – Antique Ornate Brass and wood Hand Bell
      Beautiful Victorian? Brass and wood Hand Bell.
      The bell is decorated with Cherubs, animals and flowers.
      The handle is made of wood the top is slightly rough but
      otherwise in great condition. The bell measures approx. 8″ x 3″.
      Collectable item very unusual. Weight 450 grams.

      Unusual to find a wooden handle for a bell like this. It could be original
      or it could be a replacement for a brass figural or balluster handle.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/181004491385?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

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      132d – Antique Solid Silver Table Bell With MOP Handle Chester 1903
      Item Description: A good quality antique solid silver table bell, with a hand carved mother of pearl handle.
      Hallmarked: Chester 1903.
      Maker: Cornelius Desormeaux Saunders & James Francis Hollings.
      Silver Quality: 925 Sterling Silver.
      Initial engravings / Monograms: None.
      Height: 10.4 cms.
      Weight: 92 Grams.
      Condition: This silver table bell is in very good condition.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/390486785859?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

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      132e – 1900s Brass and Crystal Bell: Joan of Arc
      Here this fine and rare French table bell, made from purple crystal, mounted of a fine Brass chased handle, figural a Fleur de Lys, emblem of French Royalty, on which is applied a little figure of Joan of Arc riding, dressed as a warrior. Condition is excellent, flawless, piece is complete, bronze and brass needs to be cleaned. French working, dating from late 19thc or 1900s first years, antique item….

      Another of the flint glass bells with a plain ball clapper.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/261119290381?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

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    • #15265
      halanb
      Participant

      133a – Very Interesting Table Bell Cockerel Handle Marked CAB & CO
      Striking quality
      Superb hand engraving
      Marked as per photo CAB &Co
      3.5 tall bell 2.5″ diameter
      Superb condition
      No monograms

      I doubt there is any “hand engraving” but it is an attractive design at a reasonable price.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/330820059643?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

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      133b – Bronze Collectible BELL of Raven, Bird / Clapper
      Beautiful bronze bell depicts a raven perched on a branch up on a rock.
      Wonderful leaves and vines. It looks like the clapper is a stone.
      It looks like the bell has had a repair, see picture 7.
      Measures 3 1/4″ high and 2″ across the bottom.

      The seller has completely missed the most interesting feature of this fine bronze bell,
      probably cost him/herself money, but made one buyer happy.

      Pictures 4 & 5 are enlarged versions of Picture 2.
      A spider is crawling toward a fly trapped in her net.
      The raven is patiently awaiting a two course dinner.

      Usual price would have been at least double.

      http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=200837128946

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      133c – Antique c1912 WMF Art Nouveau Jugendstil Dinner Gong
      Silver Plated
      Lady playing a Harp on the Gong
      Very good vintage condition.
      The original string holding the gong in place has been replaced by a piece of copper.
      Has engraved onto the back of the gong “W.O. RACE 1912 HERMES”
      WMF mark to base.
      It measures just under 27cm tall.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/190744769004?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

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    • #15255
      halanb
      Participant

      134a – Paolo Soleri Cosanti Arcosanti Bronze Bell Large Sculptura Garden Metal Windbell
      A brand new and beautiful Soleri bronze bell with spectacular colors of gold, brown, red and turquoise.
      Please see photos to appreciate the colors. This magnificent sculpture and bell will age with you and
      get its own patina according to your environment.
      The measurements are as follows. The bell is 5 1/2″ high by 5″ wide and the total length is 29″ from the tip of the hanger to the end of the fin.

      The usual Soleri bell will have a hanger, a bell with internal clapper, a chain, and a sail (fin).
      Occasionally they will have an external clapper.

      I have never previously seen one with a figure for the hanger.
      Note that it has both an internal and an external clapper.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/271092977303?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

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      134b – PYROGENE EN BRONZE 19 eme XIX e DIABLE AILE CLOCHE
      Pyrogène en bronze 19 eme représentant un diable ailé tenant une cloche,bon état,
      seule la vis qui maintient la cloche par l’arrière ne me parait pas d’origine,
      hauteur totale 26 cm.

      BRONZE MATCH HOLDER, 19th CENTURY, WINGED DEVIL, BELL
      Bronze match holder representing a 19th Century winged devil holding a bell, good condition,
      the single screw that holds the bell from the back does not seem to me original,
      total height 26 cm (10.3 in).

      Early wooden friction matches were often called, and sold as, Lucifers so there is a connection with the devil. There are some 19C match holders and strikers with a devil figure.

      I do not know of any connection of a bell and the devil, other than it may have been a convenient size and shape to hold matches.

      I doubt the primary interest in this item was that it featured a bell.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/170933169657?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

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      134c – Pitakat auction

      This Canadian couple usually have several auctions per year, featuring bells and bell-related items.
      The auctions are always intensely followed, since they are known to include a selection of good quality bells and these people are among the handful of eBay sellers who actually know something about bells.

      The auction results can be viewed here for the next two weeks:
      http://www.ebay.com/csc/pitakat/m.html?LH_Complete=1&_ipg=50&_since=15&_sop=13&_rdc=1

      The following pictures are a sample of what were included.

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    • #15266
      halanb
      Participant

      135a – SUPERBE CLOCHE BRONZE LEGENDE “F HEMONY ME FECIT ANNO 1569”
      Très belle cloche en bronze d’un poids de 1,950 kg représentant une femme de condition bourgeoise avec un visage hiératique , elle est légendée à mi-hauteur : F- HEMONY ME FECIT ANNO 1569.
      Le bas de la cloche représente une frise de putti . Le battant est absent.
      Hauteur 17 cm Diamètre 11 cm

      BEAUTIFUL BRONZE BELL LEGEND “F ME Hemony FECIT ANNO 1569”
      Beautiful bronze bell weighing 1.950 kg representing a bourgeois type woman with a hieratic face,
      labeled at mid-height: F-Hemony ME FECIT ANNO 1569.
      The bottom of the bell is a frieze of putti. The clapper is missing.
      Height 17 cm Diameter 11 cm

      One of the two large Hemony bells, and usually one of the most expensive,
      but this was a screaming bargain and a missing clapper is easy to replace.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/140875913700?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

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      135b – VERY RARE, ANTIQUE,ORIGINAL,SOLID BRASS LADY BELL, FIGURAL HANDLE
      SOLID BRASS, ART NOUVEAU, LADY BELL,
      COMPLITE WITH ORIGINAL SOLID BRASS CLAPPER.

      Most lady bells are figurines, so it is unusual to find one in figural mode.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/321014564670?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

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      135c – UNIQUE TEA BELL 4″ HIGH COLLECTIBLE Oriental
      Unique collectible bell. 4″ tall. Not sure of the type of metal, bronze/brass, magnet does not stick. Came from a collection of bells picked up at an estate sale, appears to be very unique, no markings so I am not sure if this is a custom piece or not or how old it is.

      We have seen ones of this type previously, some of them painted. However, those all had heavily embossed detail cast into the skirt, whereas this one has painted detail on the skirt and I have not seen one like this before.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/281017703786?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

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    • #15267
      halanb
      Participant

      135d – FANCY ANTIQUE BRASS DESK BELL
      Up for auction is an old brass desk bell. Really ornate with turquoise colored beads inset around on it.One is missing , but can easily be replaced. Bell rings when knob is turned. Rings well. Victorian period design.

      Scant description and only one out of focus picture, but apparently that was sufficient.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/150940969762?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

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      135e – SONNETTE DE COMPTOIR AVEC DEUX CHIENS
      jolie sonnette de comptoir avec 2 chiens
      elle est en très bon état
      il faut juste la nettoyer
      elle mesure 9.5 cm de haut sur 7.5 cm de profondeur
      et 7 cm de large

      BELL DESK WITH TWO DOGS
      Beautiful bell desk with 2 dogs
      It is in very good condition.
      You just need to clean it.
      It measures 9.5 cm high and 7.5 cm deep and 7 cm wide.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/160914017712?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

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      135f – ANTIQUE MOUNTED BRONZE BELL – WARNER & SONS Ltd LONDON – 1909
      ANTIQUE MOUNTED BRONZE BELL – WARNER & SONS Ltd LONDON – 1909…
      A SUPERB BRONZE BELL MOUNTED ON MAHOGANY.
      BELL IS INSCRIBED WITH MAKERS NAME WARNER & SONS Ltd BELOW INSCRIBED –
      THE GLORY OF GOD
      and in remembrance of many merries
      this Tower & Spire were erected & the eight bells given to Eastwood Church by
      CHARLES JOHN STODD
      Mayor of this town
      October 8th 1909
      “POST NUBES LUX”
      SIDE KNOBS DO UNSCREW AND BELL CAN BE REMOVED FOR EASE OF CLEANING.
      ACTUAL BELL MEASURES -7 1/4″ DIA, HEIGHT – 9 1/2″, COMBINED WEIGHT – 7.75kg

      Few bells can be called unique or one-of-a-kind, but this bell with the inscription would fit that category.
      In some ways, sad that it would be offered for sale.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/160913797642?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

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    • #15275
      halanb
      Participant

      136a – R.A.F.Benevolent Fund bell cast from metal from shot down German plane 1939-1945

      This victory bell is 17 cm (6.7 in) tall by 10 cm (3.9 in) wide,the handle has V’s on it.
      On the bell itself are busts of Churchill, Mussolini and Eisenhower.
      On the rim of the bell it reads:
      “Cast with the metal from german aircraft shot down over britain 1939/1945 R.A.F Benevolent Fund.”

      The second portrait is Stalin, not Mussolini. The third portrait is Roosevelt, not Eisenhower.

      This is a very rare version of the R.A.F. bell, considerably taller than average.
      I have only seen one picture of this type, and never one in person.

      Unfortunately the seller had the bidding restricted to U.K. only, and would not accept questions from potential bidders in other countries.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/150944722361?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

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      136b – VERY VERY,RARE,HEAVY(1740g)SOLID BRASS/BRONZE LADY BELL,RUSSIAN BEAR,HEMONY BELL

      Hemony Bell with handle depicting Russian Bear supporting a shield with the
      Russian emblem of arm-and-hammer in bold relief.

      Like others of the larger Hemony bells, the Russian Bear is one with distinctive figures and scenes
      unique to its design. One man is seen leading a hound, while knights on horseback are jousting.

      Around the bottom is written: F. Hemony me fecit anno 1569.

      THE BELL IS APPROX 8.5 inches ( 21.5sm ) TALL / 5 inches ( 12.5cm ) BASE
      and ABOUT 1700 GRAMS IN WEIGHT.

      The seller is obviously very very fond of adjectives. This bell is uncommon, but anyone who wishes
      to obtain one can do so without a lot of difficulty as several will appear on eBay each year.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/321018753210?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

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      136c – Rare cloche sonnette de table ancienne tete mobile bronze Caricatural
      Ancienne cloche de table en bronze complétement dans son jus representant une vieille Dame ou personnage caricaturé vu la tête expressif. Une pancarte avec inscription ” Chambre a Louer ” et dans l’autre main un trousseau de clefs . La tête est mobile mais malheureusement il manque le marteau , tige a extraire et en remettre une nouvelle , donc petite restauration mais je préfère laisser dans le jus . Je signale aussi usure de l’argenture.
      Objet peu courant , ancien (XIXe siècle ) .
      Dimensions : 12 cm de hauteur x 6 cm de diamètre a la base.

      Rare antique table bell bell bronze head caricature mobile
      Old bell bronze table complete with patina, representing an old lady with a caricatured expression.
      A sign in one hand has the inscription “Room to Rent” and in the other hand a bunch of keys.
      The head is mobile but unfortunately it lacks the clapper and rod, probably a minor restoration,
      but I prefer to retain it in the original condition as found.
      There are remnants of silver plating.
      Unusual object, old (nineteenth century).
      Dimensions: 12 cm x 6 cm in diameter at the base.

      This is another bell that could indeed be called rare, one of the old 19C bronze nodders.
      You might see one of them every 5 – 10 years if you are lucky.

      The restoration may not be as minor as the seller states. I have done a number of them, but it requires knowledge of how nodders are constructed and a variety of tools.

      The pivot pin can be seen protruding from the collar in pictures 2 and 4 above, and a closeup in picture 5 below. It appears to be a round pin that probably fits snugly into the neck, and is intended to rock back and forth in the holes in the coller. Both the pin and holes appear to be rough, and the head may only nod a few times before stopped by excessive friction.

      Picture 6 shows the hole in the bottom of the neck, into which the rigid counterweight shaft would screw. These can often unscrew, the owner cannot see how to screw it back in, it is placed in a drawer, and years later cannot be located.

      Most of the old European nodders have a very small threaded shaft, about the equivalent of a U.S. 4-40 thread, and they can also break off within the neck. That is what happened with the Mother Hubbard in photo 7 that I am now repairing. My solution is to drill out the tapered portion below the neck and rethread it with a U.S. 8-32 thread, the same size that is used for a drawer pull. These drawer pulls can be found in any hardware store in brass, chrome, or brushed nickel (like the one in the photo), and are available in a variety of sizes, weights, and shapes. They are an ideal candidate to replace a clapper. They will have a flange that fits against the drawer, but I cut that off.

      The Mother Hubbard head weighs 1.7 oz. I would normally use a counterweight of about 2 oz. However, in this case, you can see that the Mother Hubbard head is leaning significantly forward and is unbalanced relative to the hole in the neck. The counterweight shown here is about 3 oz, to pull the assembly further back toward the vertical. The shaft is a piece of threaded steel 8-32 rod. You can find threaded rods in brass or steel, or you can thread the ends of a piece of 5/32″ rod yourself.

      That will take care of replacing the counterweight and shaft. Replacing the pivot for lower friction and better performance is beyond the scope of this current discussion.

      Another case where a seller would only ship to his home country, and probably lost quite a bit of money by that restriction. This was a real bargain for some lucky buyer.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/251183116201?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

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      halanb
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    • #15274
      halanb
      Participant

      Nothing very fancy and most inexpensive this week, just good solid bells.
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      137a – Vintage Solid Brass Table Bell Made in England Nice Clear Tone
      This Brass bell is in very good used condition.This is about 4 3/4″ tall.Bell opening is a little over 2 1/2″.This has in raised letters on the inside,”MADE IN ENGLAND”.Handle is solid machined turned brass.This has a nice clear tone.

      Brass tea or table bell with a balluster handle. Probably mid 20C.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/251186588717?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

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      137b – ORNATE VICTORIAN ANTIQUE BRASS OR BRONZE BELL
      I’m not sure if this is bronze or brass. It is very well decorated and has a nice ring, the inside of the
      bell has a registration mark Rd 45761 and some letters in black XIX, also there’s faded black lettering.
      Wooden handle, well turned, this is a nice item, very collectable. 4 1/4″ tall, good condition.

      Another tea or table bell, probably brass since it was made in England.
      The Registry mark places the design as having been registered in 1886.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/281026509741?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

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      137 c – ENGRAVED Small TABLE or SERVING BELL – Marked – G MFG CO 041
      This auction is for a small metal table or serving bell with three initials engraved on one side.
      Difficult for me to tell for sure, due to the font, but I believe the initials – LWC
      The square or block clapper is marked on one side – with a symbol 32 and what appears to be GERMANY beneath – at least ERMAN is legible.
      There is additional markings inside the bell housing, but they are extremely worn. My best guess on these stamps – G MFG CO 041 and a small hallmark or symbol.
      A magnet is not drawn to the body of the bell, but is attracted to the clapper within.
      Bell weighs approximately 3.2 ounces.
      Moderate to heavy signs of wear and handling.
      Scuffs, rubs and scratches present.
      Light soiling from shelf dust and storage.
      I have not attempted to polish or clean the bell.

      A third small tea or table bell, this time from Gorham Silver, c.1880. Occasionally you may find a sterling Gorham bell, but most are silver-plated brass. The marks were stamped into the interior of the bell, and sometimes can be difficult to read. I believe the 041 and the accompanying hallmark or symbol specifies the year of manufacture, but I do not know how to read Gorham marks. The clapper has been replaced.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/380459482315?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

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    • #15271
      halanb
      Participant

      137d – LARGE HEAVY ANTIQUE BRASS BELL VICTORIAN LADY LEGS FEET
      This is a genuine antique brass hand bell cast to represent a Victorian Lady. It probably is Victorian.
      It is quite large,being 5ins/13cms tall and 3.5ins/9cms wide at base.
      The brass is very thick and she weighs 700gms/1.5lbs.
      She has legs and feet,which protrude below bottom of bell.
      It has a very loud, resonant ring.
      It is very well detailed and in perfect condition.[/size]

      I would date is as early 20C, not Victorian. It may have been a Pearson Page bell, though it is not shown in their 1925 catalogue.

      The figure is usually identified as Lucy Locket, from the nursery rhyme.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/200850381958?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

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      137e – Antique 18th / 19th Century Dutch bronze figural table bell
      Antique 18th / 19th century Dutch figural bronze table bell.
      An unusual and early bronze table bell.
      It is certainly early 19th century and possibly a good deal earlier.
      Great patina and age.
      In good condition for its age.
      Height-9.7cm.

      I doubt this is anything earlier than late 19C. If a seller claims an earlier date, then ask how s/he knows.

      It does have a particular Dutch/German appearance.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/350647104410?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

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      137f – Fine antique 18th / 19th Century Dutch bronze table bell
      Antique 18th / 19th century Dutch bronze table bell.
      An unsual, very fine and early bronze table bell.
      It is certainly early 19th century and possibly and good deal earlier.
      In good condition.
      Height-10.5cm.

      Same seller, same vacuous description, same ridiculous claim of age.

      Pearson Page shows this bell in the 1925 catalog, and calls her the Goddess of Flowers. Well, maybe, but in any case that is how she is now identified. There were some lost wax versions of this bell that predate Pearson Page, but the pictures are so dark and of relatively low quality that I cannot determine if she is one of them.

      The pictures of clappers for each bell appear identical, and I assume one is a mistake.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/350647100930?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

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    • #15273
      halanb
      Participant

      138a – 2nd World War Victory Bell- Metal From German AIrcraft
      2nd world war RAF Benevolent Fund Souvenir bell made from metal from a shot down German aircraft.
      Has images of Churchill,Stalin & Roosevelt.
      Has been repaired a while ago on the handle.

      After having only once seen documentation of this unusual variant of the RAF-Benevolent Fund-Victory
      bell, and that dating back to 1980, it is strange to find two of these bells offered within two weeks.

      This version has been called a “flower pot” shape, is taller than the usual, and has the pictures placed higher on the base.

      This auction was open to international buyers, not UK only, and selling price was more than double.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/150943206186?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

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      138b – TRES RARE CLOCHE AVEC GRELOT ENTIEREMENT EN ARGENT MASSIF DECOR DE FEMME EN ROBE
      Poinçon de Recense français au Cygne .
      Hauteur : 12 cm, Poids net : 152.4 grs
      Très bon état général .

      VERY RARE BELL WITH CLAPPER, SOLID SILVER, WOMAN IN A DRESS
      Identifiable French stamp of a Swan.
      Height: 12 cm (4.7 in), Net Weight: 152.4 grams
      Very good condition.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/390498817749?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

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      138c – RARE Antique c1785 HP Porcelain FIGURAL Dinner Servant BELL Ludwigsburg DRESDEN
      Rare antique porcelain figural dinner or servant’s bell .. an elegant woman wearing a splendid gown, carrying a fan in her right hand. Entirely and meticulously handpainted .. delicate facial features; Dresden flowers; ruffled cuffs, collar and bonnet; gilt trim. Apx 6 1/4″ X 4″ overall. Ludwigsburg mark, in blue underglaze (c1750-1785), plus artist’s entwined initials, in gold. Please note her left hand and fore-arm has been repaired (see close-up photos); otherwise very good condition.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/190757647482?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

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    • #15270
      halanb
      Participant

      139a – Trench Art Yorkshire Regiment Bell
      This is a very nice Trench Art bell – The Yorkshire Regiment – The Princess of Wales Own
      It stands 6.75 inches high, the Shell being half of that height.
      The badge to the front has no damage and although Iisted this as WW2,
      I am sure this is a Queen’s Crown so making the bell from a later period.

      Another of the so-called “Trench Art” items, again made from a small artillery shell.
      It is common to find them decorated with regimental badges.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/121028666489?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

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      139b – 1900 Brass and Crystal Joan of Arc Bell/Clochette/Cloche and
      Sceau/Seal Jeanne d’Arc

      Here is a fine and rare French table bell, made from purple crystal, mounted of a fine Brass chased handle, figural a Fleur de Lys, emblem of French Royalty, on which is applied ND with crown.
      The stamp is with the initials AR on which is applied a little figure of Joan of Arc riding, dressed as a warrior.
      Condition is excellent, flawless, piece is complete, bronze and brass needs to be cleaned.
      French working, dating from late 19th C or 1900s first years.
      Table bell : 12 cm / 4,5 cm
      Stamp : 7,5 cm / 2 cm

      A flint glass bell and wax seal stamp, each with a fleur de lis emblem.

      The flint glass bells with coordinated handle and clapper tend to sell
      at a higher price than those like this with a plain ball clapper.
      The bronze wax seal stamps often sell by themselves in the $50 – $75 range.
      The pair of them together fetched a relatively low price.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/230887295302?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

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      139c – Brass Lady Bell Angel Archangel Gabriel Gods Messenger Wings Robes Vintage Rare

      This stunning vintage brass Angel lady bell comes in excellent condition, it weighs 511g unboxed!
      It’s a very old bell, the wings have been cast separately and bolted to the main body.
      The casting is absolutely superb! I’ve honestly never seen another.
      I think it would make a super addition to any lady bell or angel collection.

      In Abrahamic religions, Gabriel (Hebrew: גַּבְרִיאֵל, Modern Gavri’el, Tiberian Gaḇrîʼēl, God is my strength; Arabic: جبريل, Jibrīl or جبرائيل Jibrāʾīl) is an archangel who typically serves as a messenger to humans from God. Gabriel is mentioned in the Bible once in the Old Testament and once in the New. In the Old Testament, he appears to the prophet Daniel, delivering explanations of Daniel’s visions (Daniel 8:15–26, 9:21–27). In the Gospel of Luke, Gabriel appears to the virgin Mary and to Zechariah, foretelling the births of Jesus and John the Baptist, respectively (Luke 1:11-38). Daniel does not explicitly identify Gabriel as an angel: he is a visionary figure whom Daniel calls “the man Gabriel”. In the Gospel of Luke, Gabriel is referred to as “an angel of the Lord” (Luke 1:11). But, Christians of the Catholic traditions call him an archangel, following terminology developed in the Intertestamental period, especially the Book of Enoch. In the Roman Catholic, Anglican, Eastern and Oriental Orthodox Churches, the archangels Michael, Raphael and Gabriel are considered saints. In Islam, Gabriel (Jibra’il) is believed to have been the angel who revealed the Qur’an to the Prophet Mohammed in the period of 23 years.

      It measures approx: 2.6 inches (6.7cm) long, 5.5 inches (14cm) high by 1.75 inches (4.5cm) wide.

      As the seller says in paragraph 1, it is a most unusual item and I have never seen another either.
      It is a decent brass casting, though I would not agree that it is superb, and the casting details
      are certainly not up to the lost wax bronze standard.

      Paragraph 2 is taken directly from Wikipedia, without attribution.
      Whether the figure can be identified as Gabriel is a matter of conjecture.
      In Old Testament art work, Gabriel is usually shown with a horn.
      In New Testament art work, Gabriel usually bears lilies at the Annunciation.
      This figure seems to be carrying a Censer, a charcoal tablet incense burner.
      I would be interested if anyone knows of a connection of Gabriel and a Censer.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/350627183011?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

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    • #15268
      halanb
      Participant

      140a – VINTAGE BRASS/BRONZE 5″ QUALITY LADY HAND BELL WITH LEGS AS CLAPPER
      This is an old vintage brass quality handbell portraying a 19th century dessed lady holding out her purse.
      The clapper is in the shape of the ladies legs.
      The figure stands a shade over 5 ” 13cm) high and is in a good condition with no damage.
      I believe the item to be from the early part of the 20th century and to be solid brass.However, the patina has given the bell the appearance of bronze so I am not entirely sure it isn’t bronze instead of brass.
      I decided best to leave it as it is and not too attempt a cleaning.
      Lovely looking well made bell with a nice ring.
      Very sturdy and heavy, weighing over 650 grams.

      This is a Pearson Page bell, described in their 1925 catalog as the “Singing Girl”.
      It is sand cast brass, and from the time period when they were all well done.
      The chemical patina does give it the appearance of bronze.
      It is also found in plain or lacquered brass, without patina color.

      The bell is also found with the left arm in a different position. One like this, full extended, is common.
      I have also seen one with the left arm in an intermediate position, the least often found.
      I presume that over time the factory changed the models used for the sand molds.
      Note the unusual leg clappers.

      I would have expected this to sell for twice as much,
      but the seller listed it as Buy-It-Now,
      someone saw it, and grabbed it.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/251195074087

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      140b – Rare Clochette de table joueuse Vielle Viola en Argent massif du 19ièm Silver
      Sujet très rare pour cette clochette joueuse de vielle en argent massif du 19ièm.
      Je ne connais pas l’origine,désolé,voir les poinçons.
      Hauteur 10,5cm Poids 135gr
      Très bon Etat.

      Rare Old Table Bell, Viola Player, Solid 19C Silver
      Very rare subject for this table bell, a girl playing a viola, solid silver, 19C.
      I do not know the origin, sorry, but see the hallmarks.
      Height 10.5 cm Weight 135gr
      Very good condition.

      She is playing a string instrument known as a Vielle à Roue (Fr) or Hurdy Gurdy (Eng).
      For a demonstation of how it is played, see: http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/caroline_phillips_hurdy_gurdy_for_beginners.html

      The same bell is occasionally found in bronze.

      Sold in the normal price range.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/140891918219?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

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