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I thought I had updated this, but guess I didn’t. I finally competed this collection in November last year; persistence pays off. They are:
January Alexandra with Carnations 2.25×4.75
February Christabelle with Violets 2.25×5
March Victoria with Daffodils 2.25×4.75
April Cassandra with Daisies 2.25×4.75
May Gabrielle with Lily of the Valley 2.25×4.75
June Jacqueline with Roses 2.25×4.75
July Elizabeth with Water Lilies 2.25×4.75
August Nicole with Poppies 2.25×4.75
September Adriana with Asters 2.25×4.75
October Genevieve with Calendula 2.25×4.75
November Vanessa with Chrysanthemums 2.25×4.75
December Angelica with Poinsettias 2.25×4.75
Donna Baker mentions these in her Collectible Bells pg.140, but she does not list any more information than what is already known about them.
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Window cleaner can be used, but not recommended by some. White vinegar and water has long been a home remedy for streakless window cleaning which can be put in a spray bottle and used this way. I use dish soap and give them a bath being careful about the clapper connection, and I think this makes them shine. If vinegar or window cleaner is used, make sure it is not applied to the clapper chain. Paper towels that have a lot of fabric in them tend to leave annoying lint. If clapper chains are not silver or silver coated, they do tend to rust, so carefully drying them is a good idea.
I do not know anything about these bells, but I think they are quite special. I have seen similar ones in a book somewhere, in an ABA article or ABA auction, but I cannot put my finger on anything right now. I hope you are able to get your answer.
Are there no markings that you can find inside or out or possibly on the clapper? It would help those who are more familiar with bells from Sarna if you post pictures of the inside of one and give measurements. I only know about the ones that I have that have the name carved inside the bell chamber. I do not know if they have always marked their bells this way or used paper labels. Sometimes bells from India that are not Sarna ones have an “I” imprinted inside. It helps to use a magnifying glass. Sarna is a family name, not a city, if you did not already know that. 🙂 I hope you are able to get your answer.
Mike, I am sorry you are disappointed in non-response of your post; I’m sure it is not “snobby rudeness.” There are large bell collectors who do post, so perhaps give them a little more time. I am not an expert, just a small bell collector. Sometimes, I too, am disappointed that there is not more activity here based on the number of members in the association; guess we are all busy elsewhere. I want to commend you for your interest and giving of your time to find and install a bell in your church. It does sound very interesting, and I hope you are able to determine its provenance. Adding pictures of the bell, crown, clapper, inscriptions, etc. would certainly help our large bell collectors to assist you in the discovery.
More than likely this is a souvenir bell. The clapper is not a real pearl but a glass bead made to look like a pearl. This type of bell is not expensive and re-sale value is even less. Sorry to disappoint. The blue bonnets are very pretty.
Also what does Mary Walrath have to do with this bell? In Trinidad’s Glass Bells pg.88, he states that the one shown was made for her, signed, and numbered. Was this where this bell was started, with her request as with the doll bells made for her by Fenton?
Quite an interesting subject for a bell. The figures look more central Asian to me.
Garry, I sometimes buy matching pieces to my bells, so I will be watching for the ones mentioned by the Cracker Barrel contact. Trying to find this style of bell at on-line auctions is hard to do because of how to describe them. 🙂
Wow, very unique and ALL the detail! Thanks for sharing.
This Irish Parian type bell was produced by Donegal China which is now part of Belleek. The pattern is similar to Irish Rose, but it is not the same as the Irish Rose pattern identified by Replacements Ltd. (www.replacements.com) which seems to be a reliable source for identifying collectibles. There was nothing listed on this site for pattern name, FINN, but my guess is that 7031 FINN BELL is the item number and pattern name. Others ABA members may be able to provide better information.
A lovely bell. Wouldn’t we all like to have one in our collection.
Carolyn, Thank you for your effort. That is basically what I had found except the different countries. Just tried another search using “original Dolfi figurine,” and I came across this: https://www.dolfi.com/en/themeworlds/crystal-bells-with-wooden-figure-for-collectors, so these may have actually been produced by Dolfi. They also have a facebook page https://www.facebook.com/DolfiOfficial/. I sent them an email asking for history of the bells. Perhaps they will respond…Ailene
Yes, I do have Al’s books and several Fenton ones. I thoroughly enjoyed Jo Thompkins’ article in January-February issue of “The Bell Tower.” My favorite Fenton bell is Paisley designed by Martha Reynolds. I would love to know how many Jo has of this style because I am envious of the one in Figure 44 of her article that I do not have. 🙂
While on trip through Gulf states recently, I found another red one for $10 that has the chain rather than rod. If anyone is interested in these, the clear one is listed for sale here: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Clear-Glass-Heavy-Crystal-Bell-Cut-Etched-Flower-Daisy-Diamond/173214789495?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649. The red one can be found here: https://www.ebay.com/itm/RARE-1914-Fenton-Carnival-Glass-DAISY-CUT-Tea-Bell-Amberina-Red-Serrated-Handle/232685933564?_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20131017132637%26meid%3D96e6691c3f2749b0989bd58922edd2d4%26pid%3D100033%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D8%26sd%3D232685933564%26itm%3D232685933564&_trksid=p2045573.c100033.m2042, and the seller does take lower offers. I purchased a blue one and a Marigold one from him and now have all four colors. When I found the clear one, I used search “starburst bell,” and there used to be a red one for $18, but perhaps it sold as unable to find it now.