"The King’s Bell"
May 17, 2009 at 7:02 pm #11134AnonymousInactive
Tim in Texas asks us:
My mother had a small bell that she said she bought while in Germany (in the early 1950’s). She said it was a replica of “The King’s Bell”. I remember that she found a book that mentioned it in the 1970’s that said that only 4 were known to exist that had a stand – her’s does have a stand. What would be a good source to find out more information about the bell – all web searches I have not uncovered anything? Thanks, Tim
I have asked him to send a photo and I will post it when I get it.
If you can help, please post a response.
This inquiry was originally sent to the ABA’s Internet Coordinator. Responses are opinions of individuals based on their personal research and knowledge.
May 19, 2009 at 1:46 am #14653hjlong3Participant
A picture would be helpful. The only German King’s bell that I am aware of is the Kaiser Bell that often comes with a companion platter that it sits upon. I’ve also seen it with a hexagonal marble base that it sits upon. It is about 3 inches at the base and about 5 inches tall and has German inscription on the shoulder of the bell. The inscription in German reads “I’m called the Kaiser’s Bell. I stand on Holy watch. I praise the Kaiser’s reign. I pray that God grant it peace and strength.” It has the German Eagle on one side of the skirt and the royal seal on the opposite side. Could this be a Kaiser bell? The original bell was recast for armaments in WWI, and only the replicas exist. One recently sold on e-bay for $79.00.
Harry Long, MD
May 19, 2009 at 3:53 am #14654AnonymousInactive
Tim has sent these pictures of his bell:
As best I can make it out, the inscription reads:
Die Kaiserglocke heils’ich
Des Kaisers Fhrenpreilich
Auf heilger Martesteh ich
Demdeutchen Reich Erfleh’ich
Dals Fried und Mein
Ihm Gott bescheer
From Harry Long’s detailed description in his posting, I’m guessing I do indeed own a replica of the Kaiser’s Bell.
May 20, 2009 at 1:59 am #14655hjlong3Participant
The picture speaks a thousand words. This is a Kaiser’s Bell (Kaiserglocke). They are not rare, but most have been separated from their base. You have a rare distinction of having both the bell and the base. Mine does not have a base. This is truly a beautiful bell with a historic past. Treasure it.
Harry Long, MD
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