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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. 🙂
I would also would be interested in seeing posts of the bells. Did your great-grandfather keep a record of his collection? As I work on my collection, I use internet, books, and any other source to help me identify and add information to my catalog for my descendants. I am not the most knowledgeable collector to help you, but there are others in ABA who certainly can as time permits.August 1, 2017 at 8:35 am in reply to: Neil Goeppinger donates collection, News link 5-16-17 #25719
Neil, Has the city council accepted your donation? Will you post pictures of finished park?
Restriction of 512KB. Does your “tiny pic” exceed that requirement? There also may be a limit to how many at one time. If still problems, contact Carolyn Whitlock.
I just knew that someone out there had to have these, too. 🙂 I don’t have Gepato–can you post a picture of him? That would make 13, so as Garry explained about limited editions, perhaps they did make an additional run. Did these come with a certificate of authenticity? Do you remember how much they cost originally? There is one Goofy listed on eBay right now, and seller is asking $36 for it reduced from $60. As always, value is what a buyer is willing to pay. I found mine in a local antique store, and I paid $75 for the set–a terrific buy I thought. They were from a gentleman’s estate, and the family had finally decided to sell his Disney collection. It looked like he collected all Disney, not just bells. Guess I will have to keep an eye out for others in this line. 🙂
Will do. So far have not gotten a reply from my inquiry to Disney archives.
I see what you mean by the additional runs. I bought this set of Russ Berrie angel bells in 2002 thinking it was a complete set, but recently I have found 4 others that are not included. My internet searches have not come up with an active contact for the Russ Berrie company to inquire about them.
Found it. Again, thank you Garry for all your valuable knowledge. I usually do such searches but didn’t on this one. Curiosity satisfied,
Garry, They are approximately 3×6, and there wasn’t any documentation or boxes with them. The xxx numbers are hand-written in black or gold ink into the stamp and are all different. Yes, there is a copyright mark in the stamp(pictures added), and some have a blue MADE IN JAPAN label. Dumbo’s stamp was screwed up. The thickness and color of the chamber is consist on all them, however the diameter can be slightly different(when I put rim to rim they may not meet exactly). The characters are hand-painted and very well done without smears. I did as you suggested and found a contact for Disney archive questions and sent an email with pictures (as they do have the copyright). I will update when I get a reply. I also sent questions to a couple of eBay vendors that I did find with one of the characters listed (found in ended listings). Thank you for your reply, Ailene
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Also would like to know what original cost was and if there were more in the series than the 12. These are stamped inside with “The Disney Collection, Disney’s Hall of Fame character name xxx/25000.” Donald doesn’t have a number, so I wonder if that was a mistake or it was bought at a park.