Whatzit? bell. Please help identify.
February 23, 2007 at 8:23 pm #10542
Eleven inches tall, six inches wide at base. Not a new made item, we believe it has some age but are completely perplexed as to what it is for. The handle has a metal tube going the full length. Pitiful clapper and sound but it does ring. Would like to know what it is.
February 24, 2007 at 2:01 am #12988Carolyn WhitlockParticipant
I wonder if this is a cocktail shaker of some sort. It looks like it is solid on the bottom to indicate it is some kind of a container. Perhaps it was a bottle that held after shave or cologne. These are just guesses on my part. I hope someone posts an answer!
February 24, 2007 at 4:07 am #12989joanformanParticipant
The bell has a small, stylized spice box atop it. Spice boxes have historical significance in the Jewish religion, particularly in Europe and Eastern Europe. Tiny bells were often affixed to projecting banners of the boxes. This bell obviously has a wooden handle and what may be a sterling silver base. If sterling silver, it may be marked as such somewhere; also, it would not sound very good. I purchased mine at the Jewish Museum in NYC when it was on sale at half-price. The original price was around $165.
February 24, 2007 at 2:36 pm #12990jeff BellMember
Gracious Good Day Frank,
Your item is not a bell, is indeed a cocktail shaker. Have one just like it. Years ago, I won a bid on Ebay which I thought was an unsual bell. Turns not that I was mislead. Trust this is helpful.
February 24, 2007 at 2:43 pm #12991
John, your suggestion that it is Judica antique is interesting. I will research further.
Jeff, thanks for the input. Especially since you also have one. That was a guess my wife made. Looking at it, that makes sense.
Would that make it a martini “rung, not stirred?” 😆
February 24, 2007 at 4:11 pm #12992Carolyn WhitlockParticipant
Rita Walker tells me:
Well, we’ve sold dozens of these “bells” in our time. As a matter of fact, I’m looking at my own identical one right now.
It’s a COCKTAIL SHAKER BELL. It’s wooden handle unscrews, and lifts off which reveals a long slim clapper that’s attached. At the top of the handle/finial is a screw cap. This can be removed also.
To use this unique piece for it’s intended purpose one pours a combination of liquors/liquids and ice into the bell itself. The wooden handle is screwed back on, and then it’s shaken so as to completely blend the contents. That being completed, the cap/finial is unscrewed, and the contents poured into a glass, all chilled and well mixed.
George Lehmer tells me:
It is a drink mixer. You unscrew the handle and pour the ingredients into the bell. The theory is that that silly clapper will help to mix the cocktail when you ‘ring’ the bell. Then after it is mixed you unscrew the nob on the top of the handle and pour the mixed drink out through the top of the handle. I have one or two of them, but have never experimented with making a drink.
February 24, 2007 at 5:52 pm #12993joanformanParticipant
I read the comments from Rita and George, then looked at the bell again and so did husband Arturo Adame. We realized that the base is flat, that it can serve as a container for making cocktails. When I first looked at the bell, it didn’t look like it could be a container. My bell is shaped like a typical handbell and has one part that can be removed – I have never seen a duplicate so it may be one-of-a-kind: a small rounded cap that has tiny holes to allow the miniscule amount of spices contained in the cap to hopefully release a pleasant scent. So much for my expertise in identifying bells.
February 24, 2007 at 7:14 pm #12994Laura JMember
What you have is a cocktail shaker. 🙂
Pour in the mix and liquor and ‘ring’ yourself a drink!
February 24, 2007 at 7:28 pm #12995
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