October 1, 2008 at 7:02 am #10981AnonymousInactive
Mary Ellen writes:
I need some information. Would you assist me in finding out about the Toby Bell Collection.
How many are there? I have four, Robinson Caruso, Long John Silver, Mrs. Havisham, and Samuel Pickwick..I did look in several of my bell books, and all of Dorothy Anthony’s no luck.
I’m sure are ABA group as the information on the Toby’s.
If you can help, please post a response.
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October 1, 2008 at 1:50 pm #14145GarryParticipant
Interesting Puzzle. You don’t give any information as to what the bells are made of, or sizes, or markings.
So far I have found that these are likely “Royal Cornwall” Ceramic Bells.
One seller was selling “A TWELVE PIECE TOBY BELL COLLECTION by Royal Cornwall including “Robin Hood”, Long John Silver”, Robinson Crusoe”, “King Arthur”” So you are looking at at least 12 styles. Although the King Arther appears to also be a sub-collection as I have come across references to a number of different ones by this company.
I would suggest approaching the “royal cornwall Museum” to see if they have any information. (A search for royal cornwall turns that link up.)
As a side note, I came across a reference to the American Bell Association below while searching:
If I come across any other information, I’ll post it here.
October 11, 2008 at 7:40 pm #14146AnonymousInactive
Mary Ellen sends this response she received from Lora:
Those bells are called the Toby Bell Collection Issued in May 1983 by Calhoun Collectors Society, I have no idea who they are. The Sculptor is Douglas Tootle They were made in Japan. There are 12 of them
Long John Silver
This information was originally sent to the ABA’s Internet Coordinator. Responses are opinions of individuals based on their personal research and knowledge.
October 11, 2008 at 7:46 pm #14147AnonymousInactive
This is a picture of my Robin Hood bell from the Toby Collection. I also have King Arthur.
December 29, 2011 at 7:33 pm #14148halanbParticipant
This is the complete set of 12 bells.
An internal sticker reads:
Copyright 1983, Royal Cornwall Ltd.
Made in Japan
The Toby Bell Collection
(name of bell)
The bells were designed and sculpted by Douglas Tootle. The clapper is a white plastic ball,
suspended by a gold chain that is clipped to a ceramic loop. Each bell is ~6” inches high.
Rear: Gandalf, Peggotty, Robinson Crusoe, Miss Havisham, Long John Silver.
Front: Samuel Pickwick, Guinevere, Tom Jones, Sherlock Holmes, Robin Hood, Maid Marian, King Arthur.
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