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Aha, your message prompted me to check to see if I still had the card from the shop, and I did! It was called Anastasia Russian Collection in Winter Park, CO, and the number on the card has been disconnected. Internet also says the store is closed. The sales lady did say that these were made in Russia of a particular type of clay, but I didn’t write it down nor inquire more about them (hindsight 20/20). There are no markings on them that I can find. The chamber is about 2in and their height is 2-4.25in. I was hoping that some of the Russian members might see the post and reply. Would these be something that I might display in the BEHOLD room?
If your eBay purchase was less that 3 years ago, there may still be a picture of it there that can be used to show it here.
Garry, I haven’t been on for a while–doing some sewing for Christmas, etc. Hopefully, things are back to normal now. I will contact Baldwin to ask about the key symbol.
While searching for another bell, I came across another description of this bell in the Nov-Dec 2002 issue of The Bell Tower on page 20 in an article by George Pecor. He identifies it as an American 19th century bell.
Garry, Yes, the dress is quite similar to Sairey Gamp. The “65” stamp is visible to the naked eye, but it disappears under a magnifying glass; so it may just be a fluke. Here are pictures of the key, 65, and back of the bell. Thank you for your interest…Ailene[attachment=2:3ewm03dv]IMG_8535.JPG[/attachment:3ewm03dv][attachment=1:3ewm03dv]IMG_8541.JPG[/attachment:3ewm03dv][attachment=0:3ewm03dv]IMG_8544.JPG[/attachment:3ewm03dv]
Thank you for the history lesson. 🙂 I am trying to incorporate information such as this into my inventory list. I think it will be more interesting for my children when they inherit the collection. I just wish that I had added more info when I first bought each bell, but the internet certainly makes it easier to do the research now.
This bell weighs 5.1oz which I think is significant for its size. I have another that is the same size, but it is in storage. The top looks the same, but the design on the blades is squares. When I cataloged it, I don’t think I checked the blades for identification because I have it listed as “unknown” origin.
Thanks again, Ailene
Additional info: the clappler is square, about 2.5 inches long, tapers to about 3/8 inches wide at striker end, and is wrapped around a wire that is imbedded in the bell. It has been stamped with an old fashioned key. There is a 65 stamped by wire.
And yet another version… This one is 2×2.5, and it looks like the bar that holds the clapper is the post where the blades are attached. Notice the difference of design on blades and top of mill. This has ENGLAND stamped on back of one of the blades.[attachment=0:2vnbws83]E0083-2.JPG[/attachment:2vnbws83]
Thank you, Garry. Yes, I do have Donna’s book and actually had the page marked for reference. Your information adds more to this bell’s significance. I’ve been trying to catalog my collection with pictures and use my books to identify them. I haven’t quite figured out the best approach for doing that because I have a hard time remembering in which book I marked a particular one. 😀 Ailene
Thanks to everyone for their information. I am a bit shy about calling members to see their collections, but I may try it in the future. I live in NC, and there is no regional chapter for the Carolina area to share collections. I inquired about starting one, but I decided at the time that I was not willing to dedicate the time needed.
A bit late–perhaps you have already found your answer… There is an article on this site under FAQ about selling items that might help you. Did your father keep any kind of record of his collection with type, manufacturer, cost, etc? If so, that would be best place to start. If not, you would need to determine what he has in the collection sorted in some way, perhaps by maker, theme, or type. If he owns any well-known designer or maker, the price of these can increase in value. Searching for like or similar items on current auction sites might give you a general idea of what items are selling for. This could be very, very time consuming. I have over 4,000 bells in my collection, and I have kept track of what I paid for them. In today’s market and economy, I would not expect to profit on very many of them. As always, their value is only what someone is willing to pay for them. Good luck on your research.
Just wanted to let you know that I have your books and have been using them to help with identification while I am cataloging my collection. Most of my collection is just every day stuff, but I have identified a couple of Seneca bells that I luckily purchased.
The tour is divided into 3 sections now, and we only did the one for the main house because we wanted to see the infinity room. I don’t remember exactly where they were, but they were visible from one of the narrow walkways. It seems like they were right before the room with the stained glass window coffee table and mushroom lamp. As musical instruments were set up with electronics to play, I wonder if these were done the same??? Displays have been added even after Jordan’s death.
I want to try your chemical cleaning method on the silver/silverplate bells that I have in my collection. How long does the item need to stay in the solution?