What are these bells?
June 19, 2010 at 3:14 pm #11480AnonymousInactive
Diane has sent two photos and asks:
Here are pictures of two bells, both have a little tweezer with them. The one on the left has rhinestones set in the flowers at the top of the legs, and on the top of the stem of the bell. Can you tell me anything about them at all?
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.
June 21, 2010 at 11:40 pm #15865GarryParticipant
Is it possible to get some close ups of the bell interiors and any markings/ decorations on the bells/stand?
Also I don’t see any tweezers in your photos – are they in the handle?
I can’t see the photos well enough to identify any markings or designs though. Perhaps someone else has better eyes?
June 22, 2010 at 12:56 am #15864Carolyn WhitlockParticipant
The “tweezers” are in the bowl on the right that has the bell top off. They look more like a lady’s hairpin. Although it is fun to speculate, I would think it would be more helpful to the person who asks if anyone knows anything about a specific bell if you would respond with answers that you have researched and believe to be true rather than making wild guesses.
Having said that, this is a public forum and you can post anything you want that relates to bells. But, we do try to share factual information about bells.
Thanks for your understanding.
June 22, 2010 at 1:49 am #15863hjlong3Participant
This is a saccharin cellar bell. The bowl holds saccharin tablets; the tongs are used to lift the saccharin pellets to the tea or coffee; and the bell is a typical table call bell. These were made in the 1940s-60s when saccharin was sold in tablet form. There were bells made of sterling silver, silver plate and polished brass, depending on how classy one wanted for their table service. These were purchased in any jewelry store or department store in the late 40s and 50s. Saccharin is now sold in powder form in the familiar pink packets seen in restaurants, although you can still purchase tablets on the internet. Of course other sugar substitutes such as aspartame, cyclamate, and sucralose have been sold in powder form, and the tablet dispensers are no longer used. You can find many of these on the internet as saccharin boxes or saccharin cellars or saccharin bells.
Harry Long, MD
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