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    • #10775
      Anonymous
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      Nancy in Ottawa, Canada, asks:

      I am trying to find info about an old bell in the family. Your site looks like you folks are experts, so I hope that you might be able to assist me, or direct me elsewhere. It’s 5 inches high, very heavy, I believe bronze, and the gentleman on top is inscribed “Wellington”. It would seem to be some sort of commemorative, perhaps commemorating Wellington over Napoleon with his ‘greatest victory’. The bottom has a series of various pictures of battle scenes. It is inscribed “NAPOLEON A WAGRAM” on the front and on the back, the first letter is quite worn but looks like it says ” EMPEREUR BATAILLE DE WATERLOO”. Are you able to give me any insight on it’s historical significance and/or value? Please advise where/how if you want picture/s. Many thanks, Nancy

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    • #13492
      hjlong
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      A picture would be helpful. These are commemorative bells and are manufactured in Belgium and sold at Waterloo, Belgium at the battlefield. The age of the bell will be of importance as similar designs have been sold continuously since the early 1900s. Early bells are heavier and were cast by the “lost Wax” process: later bells were cast in molds and have mold marks that have been ground in preparation for sale. These are quite obvious and are visible on either side of the bell. Many of the molds used early bells for a pattern resulting in some flattening & blurring of the relief of the images. An older bell may sale for upwards of $50, and a more modern one at ~$15-20 of that size.
      Harry Long, MD

    • #13493
      hjlong
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      I received the pictures and they appear to be “sand cast” bells that were probably from the 1930s, due to the thickness of the bell, with a pattern that was from an older bell due to the flattening of the relief on the waist of the bells. One is obviously Napoleon and the other Wellington Figural Bells. These are nice bells and a welcome addition to any collection.
      Harry Long, MD

    • #13494
      Anonymous
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      Here, at long last, are links to pictures of Nancy’s bells. Sorry for the delay. These are beautiful figural bells!

      To view the bells, please click on the links:

      http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3101/2542877921_b79468df81.jpg
      http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2280/2543704846_2908c01196.jpg
      http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3030/2543704794_05ef0141cf_o.jpg

    • #13495
      Anonymous
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      Nancy writes again:

      I’ve acquired the matching Napoleon since my first query. The bas relief scenes are the same, but reversed (front scene on one is rear on other) . . . why would that be done? (careless? does it matter?)

      Would the value be increased, as they are now a set?

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      This inquiry was originally sent to the ABA’s Internet Coordinator. Responses are opinions of individuals based on their personal research and knowledge.

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