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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.
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I just finished reading your great-grandfather’s book “Travel Search for Bells.” Interestingly, it had a sheet of bells for sale by Stonecrest Antiques in Marlborough, CT sent to Mrs. C. W. Noren. At the time his book was published in 1944, he stated that their collection numbered 1500. What is the total now?
I recently bought Angelica with Poinsettias from eBay, but I haven’t figured out a good search term to find others without their names.
I have found the Fenton Fanatics website quite helpful in identifying & describing my Fenton bells as well as the books that I have. I subscribed to The Glass Menagerie for a while back in the ’90’s, but eventually stopped and threw away what I had. 🙁 Surely wish that I had kept them now! Fenton moved their gift shop to downtown Williamston, and they send out a newsletter: http://www.fentonartglass.com/newsletter/2017/081817.asp It mainly showcases beads & hand-painted items. I still subscribe to it just in case they do a bell. This is a new one that I have added to my collection that may possibly be from the early 1900’s. It’s about 3×4.75 with metal clapper. It is identified as the Daisy Cut bell which is quite different from the Daisy and Button pattern. I got this for a steal, perhaps the vendor didn’t know what they had, or it is not as collectible as the ones in color going for hundreds of dollars. I don’t have the book “Fenton Rarities” by Thomas Smith which may provide more information, but it is on my Christmas wish list.
(P.S. Husband is busy remodeling a bathroom. I need to ask him to make me some more steps for my display cabinets when he is done, and I will be able to take pictures for an article.)
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Thanks, David. After I get all my bells out of storage, I plan to go through all my books and add references to my bell descriptions when I identify ones that I have…down the road a while. 🙂