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      Rhonda W. writes:

      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,



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    • #14802

      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

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