This bell is about 8 inches high, very heavy. I beleieve its lead ot iron.
It has these beautiful children molded onto it, a boy and a girl, and a flower with a bird, and the back hase several fleur de lis patterns.
We just aquired this in Florida, at an auction with some school bells.
This one is so unique I am hoping someone can tell me the age, origin,
and a value.
I appreciate any advise or comments,
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.
This bell looks like it is bronze rather than iron or lead. If it is steel or iron, it will hold a magnet. Lead is extremely soft (easily scratched) and has a dull clunk rather than a bell tone unless it is frozen in liquid nitrogen. This does not appear to be a school bell and appears to be intended to be hung from a bracket. It would be helpful if you provided measurements and a weight. The Fleur de lis is a French symbol as is the curved horn that the girl on the skirt is playing. Her hair style is suggestive of the late 19th century. I would guess that this was a “gate bell” from France or Belgium that was used to anounce the presence of a visitor to a home or villa. I have no idea of the identity of the founder.
Harry Long, MD