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      I’m new here. I live in Holland and my English is not as good as it shoud be. Excuse me for that.
      I am collecting dinner bell’s. Some are bought by internet and some I bought in souvenir stores. My collection is today increased by 1 bell from a friend who received the bell from someone else.
      It’s a white procelain bell with gold on the top, in the middle and on the end. It reads the land of liberty 1776-1976. Further it has a picture of an agel with some strange products in his claws. I’ve search the internet but can’t find anything about this bell. There are lots of articles about the bell of liberty 1776-1976. But that bell was made of pewter I believe. Please could someone tell me about this bell.
      With kind regards, Mrs. G. Stemkens from Vaals in the South of the Netherlands.

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      Dear Mrs. Stemkens,

      Don’t worry or apologize, your English is better than that found in many large cities in this country, and I doubt that anyone reading this, besides yourself, speaks Dutch, Brabantian, or Flemish.

      I can tell you nothing about your particular bell, except that is is probably one of the hundreds of souvenir bells (metal, glass, porcelain) made for the 1976 U.S. Bicentennial celebration. If you can post a picture, someone might recognize it.

      To show that they are relatively common, I searched eBay for ‘bicentenial bell’ and copied a picture of the first porcelain bell that I spotted. It is not your pattern, but somewhat similar.

      The second picture is the Great Seal of the United States. The following is a direct quote from a Wikipedia article. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Seal_of_the_United_States

      The supporter of the shield is a bald eagle with its wings outstretched (or “displayed,” in heraldic terms). From the eagle’s perspective, it holds a bundle of 13 arrows in its left talon, (referring to the 13 original states), and an olive branch in its right talon, together symbolizing that the United States of America has “a strong desire for peace, but will always be ready for war.” (see Olive Branch Petition). Although not specified by law, the olive branch is usually depicted with 13 leaves and 13 olives, again representing the 13 original states. The eagle has its head turned towards the olive branch, said to symbolize a preference for peace. In its beak, the eagle clutches a scroll with the motto E pluribus unum (“Out of Many, One”). Over its head there appears a “glory” with 13 mullets (stars) on a blue field. In the current (and several previous) dies of the great seal, the 13 stars above the eagle are arranged in rows of 1-4-3-4-1, forming a six-pointed star.

      Best wishes (and Go, Johnny Hoogerland!),

      Alan Burgdorf

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      Thanks for the great message. I now know what the eagel has in its claws. My bell is simular to the bell on the picture you send. I’ve send some pictures to Carolyn because I don’t know how to add the pictures to the messages on the forum.

      I want to thank you for your information.

      Yours faithfully,

      Gerti Stemkens

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