I am having a hard time finding anything about this westmoreland bell. I have contacted the company asking about it but they havent gotten back to me yet. Im hoping the bell community will give me a quicker understanding of it. The bell was hard to photograph it kept coming up fuzzy or white. I have never had this problem before. Anyways it is signed by F.M Nierney or F. Mc Nierney. The “M” has a funny tail so Im not sure which it is. It is also dated 1979. Hopefully this pics are helpful. Thank you.
This Westmoreland “cameo bell” along with 5 other cameo bells can be found on page #144 of “American Glass Bells” by A.A. Trinidad, Jr. IBNS:978-0-7643-3417-7. Mr. Trinidad states: that “Westmoreland started producing glass bells in 1975. Today they are known primarily for having produced many 6″ cameo bells as well as smaller 5” bells during the 1970’s. Many of these bells were “decorated with roses, cameos, or Beaded Bouquets inside the oval cameo.”
Westmoreland Glass Company was located in Grapeville, PA (Westmoreland County between Greensburg and Ligonier) and is most noted for the Grape pattern milk glass that they produced for most of their existence. They originally produced pressed glass and high quality cut glass from their founding in 1889 and switched to milk glass in the 1930s. They went out of business in 1984.
Harry Long, MD