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      halanb
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      13a – RARE ANTIQUE BRONZE BELL CHRISTIAN JESUS GOSPELS ICONOGRAPHIC 14TH CENTURY

      ANTIQUE BRONZE CHRISTIAN CENSOR ICONOGRAPHIC THURIBLE

      Offered here is an incredible find! From a local estate we obtained a very rare and early heavy hand made bronze top part of a Christian bell. It is in a bell shape and has all hand carved designs in relief. Seems to be French in style so we can call it a French religious work of art.

      What’s so incredible is there names of Jesus Prophets in Latin along the bottom. It is engraved “Mathevs”, “Mathevs” “Lvcas” and ” Johannes.”

      Here is what I was emailed by an Ebay’r who also has another similar bell:

      ” The holes wouldn’t affect the sound of the bell. The small hand bell I have is actually ‘pierced’ with decoration around the bronze figures of the four evangelists. The clapper is missing (probably because it would have been iron and having been buried in the ground so long, just the bronze bell remained). The handle is a simple tear-drop shaped loop and is cast integrally to the bell. I’m not sure how the handle would have been attached to yours but I do believe yours to be a bell very similar to mine – same foliate type design on the top separated by a band with the symbols for Matthew, Mark, Luke and John in the main section. On my bell, the Latin names are inscribed above the symbols in the top band, not the bottom. The date is tricky. There is a long tradition in Ireland of ecclesiastical hand bells running from the 6th century to the early Middle-ages. The Norman Castle near which my bell was found was built in the 1100’s so I’m guessing the bell was made some time around then. The symbols on mine look a lot like those found in medieval manuscripts. The foliate designs and symbols on your bell look more ‘sophisticated’ and so I’m guessing your bell is later, probably around the late 1400’s judging from the style. It might indeed be French workmanship (it’s possible mine might be as well given the Norman connection).”

      There are foliate fleur de lis, leaf scrolls, panels with different animals such a goat or ram, dog or a monkey, a duck and bird forms. In one spot there is a an open book in relief in a scroll. May be the 10 commandments. In between the raised repousse design the surface is stippled. It looks like this may have been cast in 2 haves and placed together. Pretty much, all surfaces are decorated.

      We believe this to be the bottom part of a very early bell. There are 4 holes on the bottom rim. On the very top, it is flat. Seems to be a little bit of wax on on the very top.

      Great patina! This piece has been held for 00’s of years! Medieval in age, not exactly sure.

      Measures approximately 4.5 ” wide at bottom and 5″ high . The rims of the bronze are all uneven in thickness. The sides around the bell shape are also uneven. So great!

      Item is in excellent antique condition. I found one spot where a hole had developed and someone someone put a silver metal (solder) there. A very old repair and not important. It’s good to see those kinds of things in something this old.

      One ‘expert’ quoting another ‘expert’. Not only a BELL but also a THURIBLE, something you don’t see everyday. How could you possibly go wrong?

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/380343331371

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      13b – Sterling Silver Table Bell – Joan of Arc – Antique George V

      An exceptional and unusual antique George V English cast sterling silver table bell modelled in the form of Joan of Arc. The cast figurine is depicted wearing plate armour and period costume, wielding a sword in hand. This George V table bell retains the original hallmarked clapper.

      Height 10.5cm/4.1″
      Depth at base 5cm/1.9″
      Width at base 4.9cm/1.8″
      11 troy ounces/342g

      I have no questions about the aesthetics or authenticity of this item, and would love to have it myself.
      At the asking price though (GBP 1 = US$1.60), I doubt it will wind up with a bell collector.

      http://www.acsilver.co.uk/shop/pc/Sterling-Silver-Table-Bell-Joan-of-Arc-Antique-George-V-66p3970.htm

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      13c – Magnificent Figural Ram’s Horn & Silver Plate Desk Set / Inkstand – 1885

      A fabulous and grand inkstand standing on a solid English Oak base. The twisted Ram’s horns form the bodies of the Dolphins with fabulous electo-plated fittings creating the heads and tails. There is a bell between the two tails, complete with hammer that sits on a hammer stand to the front of the base; in front of this, there is a pen rest sculptured out of the Oak. Two inkwells sit within their custom holders, original Victorian glass with silver plated mounted collars and hinged lids. One of the Dolphins is lucky enough to have been impressed with the English Design Registration Number for the year 1885. There is also the original presentation plaque, engraved for the year 1886. An impressive size, with the base measuring 16 3/4″ x 10 1/4″ x 12 3/4″ tall to top of tail.

      Again, no questions about aesthetics or authenticity, just about the price if directed to the bell collecting market.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/230760080803

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    • #12642
      halanb
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      ANTIQUE “BREGUET” MUSEUM 18th C.TABLE CLOCK-BELL GOLD PLATED BRONZE UNIQUE !
      We are pleased to offer you this antique XVIII century, gorgeous, unique, museum, gold plated bronze Table clock “Breguet” with Bell in the shape of porcelaine figurine of the Shepherdress !

      Extraordinary beautiful bronze stand, framed by a handmade grape leaves. Watch put into the stand, which is supported by two figures. On a stand covered with velvet colocated bell which is made like porcelain figurine of the Shepherdess . . The face and body of Shepherdess are made from porcelain, the skirt is made of bronze. Face is painted by hand and it is a very very beautiful.

      Condition : good for its age, please see photos.
      Measures: H 270 mm (10.8 in).

      A porcelain half-doll mounted on a metal bell, with filigree hat and skirt.
      Beautifully done, but once again I doubt it is aimed toward bell collectors.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/221091043548?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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    • #12643
      halanb
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      15a – CARL WAGNER BRONZE ROCKY MOUNTAIN SHEEP RAM HEAD BELL #106/1000
      Carl Wagner is the artist of this Ram Rocky Mountain Sheep bell made of bronze.
      Ringer inside bell is bronze mountain sheep hoof.
      Bronze bell weighs approx 10 pounds. It measures 5 1/2″H x 4 1/4″W.
      This is not mass produced. It is a one of a kind limited edition.
      This is #106/1000. Signed by the artist.

      Another of the Carl Wagner bells, one of the more common, but apparently no problems with the bell.

      At this weight (10 lb) you might expect to get at least 2 of them.
      At this price you might expect to get about 10 of them.

      Second time around, the seller cut the price by 80-90% and managed to sell it,
      still at a somewhat inflated price.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/370656386146?ssPageName=STRK:MESINDXX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1436.l2649

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      15b – TIFFANY & CO. STERLING SILVER DINNER BELL ENAMELED #M187 RARE! MUSEUM QUALITY
      RARE Sterling Silver hollow handle DINNER BELL ENAMELED #M187 ALL STERLING by TIFFANY & CO. It is NOT monogrammed. There is a little enamel loss to the orange flower (see pic), otherwise excellent condition. The entire bell is hand hammered. The body of the bell has a raised beaded design and acid etched ferns. The handle has a large blue flower, a large orange flower, and 2 small green flowers on opposite sides. Beautifully done, circa 1873-1891 (M datemark). Measures 4″ in height. Bell diameter is 2 1/4″.

      Yes, I know you pay extra for the Tiffany name, but …

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/150826816194?ssPageName=STRK:MESINDXX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1436.l2649

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      15c – B E L L S – huge collection of old, antique bells, 850 bells
      This is a HUGE collection of over 850 bells.
      700 of them are solid brass,silver, copper, iron or other metal,
      while the rest are porcelain, crystal, and glass.
      Most of them are valuable antiques, and only a few dozens are quite modern.
      I’ve built this collection over 15 years – this is a great opportunity to expand or build your own bell collection.
      Mostly they are in excellent condition, just several are missing clappers. They are sorted by type, and carefully packed .
      The cost of shipping is only for 48 lower states and depends of the place of destination.
      There are 9 cardboard heavy boxes of bells, from 12 to 57 lb each box , about 330 lb and shipping will be expensive.

      Two immediate problems with the description:
      (1) few are valuable,
      (2) few are antique.

      The asking price is about $12 per bell, and I suspect you could buy them for less.
      If one accumulates a collection like this and you enjoy the bells, then fine, but who would buy them?
      Anyone who buys bells in this class could probably not afford the entire set.
      Anyone who could afford the entire set would probably want a better grade of bell.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/190730260814?ssPageName=STRK:MESINDXX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1436.l2649

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    • #12644
      halanb
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      HEAVY ANTIQUE BRONZE STANDING NAPOLEON BELL
      ALL MALE FIGURINE BELLS ARE RARE AND THIS IS ESPECIALLY TRUE FOR THE STANDING NAPOLEON.
      THIS IS A HEAVY ANTIQUE BRONZE BELL WITH GREAT DETAIL, DARK PATINA, AND THE ORIGINAL CLAPPER. THIS IS ONE OF THE RAREST BELLS. 5″ TALL. WEIGHS 2 POUNDS.
      FREE SHIPPING, HANDLING AND INSURANCE. PERFECT CONDITION.

      ABOVE PRICE IS A 40% REDUCTION, ANNE’S SPECIAL OF THE MONTH.

      ONE lousy picture, too dark to see any details, yet a buyer is supposed to jump right in?
      Sure, larger Napoleon bells are uncommon (though they are found in much larger sizes than this),
      but the price still has to be realistic.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/221171821979?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

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    • #12645
      halanb
      Participant

      Edouard Marcel SANDOZ Bronze A Blue-Bird Bell By SUSSE FRERES
      A wonderful, top quality bronze to the lost wax of a blue-bird bell (Oiseau bleu).
      Made by Edouard Marcel Sandoz (French, 1881 – 1971).
      Signed by the author and with Susse Freres foundry seal.
      Artist Signature “Ed. M. Sandoz”.
      Foundry seal “Susse Fres Ed ts Paris” manuscript and stamp.
      And “Cire Perdue”
      H 14 cm (5 1/2 in)
      It is in original conditions (some wastes for the step of the years)

      Beautiful Art Nouveau figurine bell from a listed sculptor
      and the mark of a top French bronze foundry.

      My estimate of fair market value today in the USA is in the $600 – $800 range.
      Obviously this seller has a different expectation or aspiration.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/251219313779?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

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    • #12646
      halanb
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      Lowell Davis Schmid Border Fine Arts 1980 RFD America Bells Figurine Scotland

      You are bidding on the complete series of six 1980 Lowell Davis RFD American porcelain bells made in Scotland by Border Fine Arts for Schmid. These are extremely rare and are all retired.

      PLEASE NOTE: THESE ARE AVAILABLE AS A SET ONLY. Since this is a complete, hard to find set with no damage. We need to sell for local pick-up only – no shipping. Portland, Oregon; Vancouver, Washington metropolitan area.

      Lowell’s Jersey cow Blossom; Lowell’s hounds Blue and Lead

      Lowell’s Missouri mule Kate; Lowell’s rooster Caruso

      Lowell’s pig Wilbur; Lowell’s billy goat Willy

      I dunno, not my area, …
      http://www.ebay.com/itm/150994958364?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

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    • #12647
      halanb
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      19a – Biedermeier Tischglocke Bronze Messing Holland um 1820
      Biedermeier Tischglocke
      Holland um 1820
      Messing oder Bronze
      Schwere Ausführung
      Höhe ca 11,5 cm

      Biedermeier table bell brass bronze Holland 1820
      Biedermeier table bell
      Holland 1820
      Brass or bronze
      Heavy construction
      Height about 11.5 cm (4.5 in)

      Not the most common of lady bells, but one shows up every few weeks, especially on British eBay.
      The 4.5″ is a common size, but I have seen some larger and some smaller.
      They seem to have been made in a number of countries – Britain, Holland, Belgium, and possibly Japan.
      Details vary slightly, some castings are better than others, but none rise to the top level of lost wax.
      The Biedermeier style may date back to 1820, but these bells are all sand cast brass,
      and were made in the 1900 – 1960 range.

      You may encounter Biedermeier frequently in decorative art items, and it is worth defining.

      Wikipedia: The Biedermeier period refers to an era in Central Europe during which the middle-class grew and arts appealed to common sensibilities in the historical period between 1815, the year of the Congress of Vienna at the end of the Napoleonic Wars, and 1848, the year of the European revolutions. Although the term itself is a historical reference, it is predominantly used to denote the artistic styles that flourished in the fields of literature, music, the visual arts and interior design.

      Encyclopedia Britannica: Biedermeier style, in art, transitional period between Neoclassicism and Romanticism as it was interpreted by the bourgeoisie, particularly in Germany, Austria, northern Italy, and the Scandinavian countries. Following the Napoleonic sieges, the Biedermeier style grew during a period of economic impoverishment from 1825 to 1835. The name Biedermeier was derogatory because it was based on the caricature “Papa Biedermeier,” a comic symbol of middle-class comfort. Such comfort emphasized family life and private activities, especially letter writing (giving prominence to the secretary desk) and the pursuit of hobbies. No Biedermeier household was complete without a piano as an indispensable part of the popularized soiree. Soirees perpetuated the rising middle class’s cultural interests in books, writing, dance, and poetry readings—all subject matter for Biedermeier painting, which was either genre or historical and most often sentimentally treated.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/161022298328?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649#ht_1760wt_919

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      19b – Brass Bell / Lady Bell Collectors! Heavy Old Lady – 4.75 inches tall
      Brass Bells/Ladybell
      Heavy Old Lady
      4.75 inches tall
      Weighs almost 600 grams
      Has a clanger

      Another example, details slightly different, but a much friendlier price.

      (Multiply price in GBP by 1.5 to obtain price in US$.)

      http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Brass-Bell-Lady-Bell-Collectors-Heavy-Old-Lady-4-75-inches-tall-/330907648361?pt=UK_Antiques_DecorativeAntiques_Collectables_EH&hash=item4d0ba20169&nma=true&si=XAh671YRc8nucaBM0t8yth8tqeU%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557#ht_2256wt_959

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