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Thanks for the opportunity to own these bells…Ailene
Are these still available? I guess I misunderstood that your 1988 bell is the Daniel Riccio one. Does it look like the picture that Carolyn posted? Send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with you phone number to discuss. Ailene
Carolyn, These can work in cabinets with side doors because they are in sections. I will ask Chris if he will help to write an article. Not making any promises. 🙂 Ailene
Yes, she does have good taste, Garry, as she is an artist herself, and a lot of her work has similar fine detail. I don’t normally include all the provenance that you have listed in my catalog, but I will do all that I can for this one as it is special. Thanks for looking and your reply, Ailene
I keep forgetting to reduce size before loading. 🙂
Thank you Carolyn. Yes, I have the book, but I had not taken the time to go through all my books to search for it. My goal is to get all my bells out of storage, and then go through my books to update my catalog with book and page that I find matching items.
The Stiegel Green looks more like the one I have as far as shape goes. As these were off hand, no two would be exactly alike. Now I know what the clapper looked like! (I was picturing a wooden ball on a metal rod.) 🙂
The top of the handle definitely looks smooth. My picture shows that the top has been ground, is no longer smooth and has pits in it. I guess it will always remain a mystery as to what was on top.
Thanks for your reply. I think the clapper mounting is cork because I can insert a pin into it. If it were clay or plaster, I don’t think I would be able to do this. Holding it up to a light, the handle looks like it has a hollow tear-drop area where it meets the shoulder. The handle looks like it may be applied as it has some rough areas at the connection.
There are a few bubbles, and a couple can be felt on the exterior of the chamber. It has a smooth appearance and good feel; but when holding it up to a light, there are wavy rings like “bad paint brush strokes” all the way up the chamber. Are these expansion rings as it expands as poured/blown? If it is pressed glass, a super excellent grinding job was done as I find no indication of mold lines.
Aha, checking my book Imperial Glass Encyclopedia vol. I on page 180 #482, it is quite similar to this bell. The description states that these Colonial Bells were off-hand, and “the clappers were secured with a cork fitting inside the handle.”
So the mystery remains, what was on top of the handle? 🙂
Thanks again, Ailene
I hadn’t read this before I posted my “wanting to buy.” Is one of these the Daniel Riccio bell?
Isn’t that the truth! Hunting for our collectibles when we travel to new places leads to unexpected discoveries sometimes.
Garry, I found this business through an internet search on cougar wa pottery and subsequent links: http://www.yelp.com/biz/st-helens-ashware-cougar-ceramics-cougar Perhaps a call to them might lead you to identifying LD. There are several items for these products listed on eBay, and the search came up with a lot of pictures for them. Good luck, Ailene
An interesting thought, perhaps one that all of us bell collectors have considered over time. Initial cost of the 4000 bells brings other questions to mind, such as: building to house them, location for best attraction, fee or not, maintenance, growth, charity status for donations and if so in support of what?, how to advertise to generate interest to draw visitors, investors for startup. Not trying to be negative, just being practical. Good luck on your endeavor.
Carolyn, thank you for the info. I haven’t been on site for a while; but after reading about your efforts for revamping the site, I have been checking it out. Looks great!
Even though these may not be unique, I still think they are very cute; and there are no others like them in my collection. Items on the ziogeskeramika site are quite similar, but none looked like they were bells. Thank you everyone for your input.