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Hi Rob, unfortunately as sometimes happens with newspaper articles, there were a few errors. 🙁 My age for one! 🙁 and I referred to being the first outside of North America, ie the continent, not America, as in the country.
Hello, I can remember when these were produced, I searched every town/city that I visited to purchase one, eventually finding one in Colchester, UK whilst on my way to a holiday in Denmark.
As regards to value, as often happens, I suspect it is less than the price I purchased, but the value to me is in the memories that it holds.
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Thank you for the links to the Christmas Chimes site. The bells are beautiful. I wish I could have visited the exhibition.
I’ve been in contact with Whitechapel Bell Foundry and also John Taylor Bell Foundry in an attempt to gather some information for you. These are there responses ..
WHITECHAPEL BELL FOUNDRY
We regret that we have virtually no information here concerning the secular employment of bells and whilst the engraving would suggest that it was of British origin we regret that we have no further information or knowledge to impart.
JOHN TAYLOR BELL FOUNDRY
I have looked at your photo and would comment as follows:
Royal cipher ER
12/52 means December 1952
ER means Elizabeth Regina. She was Queen then but not crowned of course.
S(urrey) County Council perhaps (my comment – Surrey is a county in the South of England)
I’d have thought it was a fire engine bell or the like
These bells were not usually manufactured by bellfounders, more likely by brass founders & I have no suggestions as to manufacturer.
As to value, how long is a piece of string, its worth what anyone will give.
I hope this helps.
Acting Archivist to John Taylor bellfounders.
Hope this information helps.
I am trying to research any information about your bell as I live in UK. So far no joy, but I will keep trying.
I am going to try and upload the photographs taken of my brass lady bells from different regions of France. They are: …
from left to right Anvers, Leige, Ypres
from left to right Echternach, Bruges and Heyst
Hope this gives you and idea of some of the bells and costumes from European cities. Each bell has the name of the town on the skirt of the girl.
Sorry the pictures aren’t showing too much detail, I’m trying to get my head around photobucket and uploading images.
I have a similar bell, and have always thought the character to be Wellington who fought Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo.
I have in my collection some bells that are similar in design to the one you have posted, and they are all inscribed with different towns in Europe …
I have always assumed them to be have been made after World War 1 as each of the towns were damaged during the Great War. Perhaps they were made to raise funds to re-build the towns, but I am open to other opinions.
This is about the only thing that I remember from my psychology lectures ….
The Russian scientist Ivan Petrovich Pavlov was born in 1849 in Ryazan, where his father worked as a village priest. In 1870 Ivan Pavlov abandoned the religious career for which he had been preparing, and instead went into science.
Ivan studied the reason why dog’s salivate at certain times and conducted a series of experiments to figure out the phenomena. One of the experiments involved striking a bell when the dogs were fed.
If the bell was sounded in close association with their meal, the dogs learnt to associate the sound of the bell with food. After a while, at the mere sound of the bell, they responded by drooling.
Calling the cats must be a modern day equivalent. 🙂 🙂
Hello from UK,
We have visited and heard a variety of carillons in the UK both in towers, and mobile.
Here are some links that may interest you …
We have had the joy and pleasure of listening to both of these travelling carillons, and the carillons at Bourneville, Loughborough, York, St Helens and although we have visited the one in Parkgate it is in need or restoration and is not suitable for playing. We also saw and heard Cast in Bronze when we visited Colorado last year.
Although we don’t play bells, or carillons, we do enjoy listening to them.
If you go to this website …. http://www.peterrabbit.com/index.asp …
Click on “Play” and the book will open
Close the pop up by clicking on “begin”
Click on “Meet the Characters”, the page will turn and then by clicking “Next” you wil be able to see many of the characters.
I think the hedgehog one could be Mrs Tiggywinkle.
The World of Beatrix Potter is a wonderful attraction in the North of England, in a beautiful part of our country called The Lake District. This is the area where Beatrix Potter lived. If I find any more information I’ll let you know.
Thanks Harry and Peter for your contribution to the discussion. I’ve forwarded your comments to my contact at the school. Let’s hope the mystery man is found 🙂
A quick update on our blog page.
We have changed the URL to read … http://britishbellcollectors.blogspot.com/
Sorry for the confusion, hopefully this one will work without any problems.
I have been in contact with Lloyds Register enquiring about other bells and took the opportunity to ask about SS Superman. This is there response ….
“As for the SUPERMAN she was a small tug registered in Hull which was built in 1923.”
Lloyd’s Register Group Services Ltd.
Hope this helps in your search for information
I am assuming (one should never assume, but here goes 😀 ) that because you found the bell in England and also because of your username that you are living in the UK.
Did you know that we have a small but enthusiastic group of bell enthusiasts in British Isles? We meet twice a year at different locations to see, hear, ring, talk, in fact any aspect of bells is covered. Our next meeting will be in April 2009 when we are hoping to visit Scarborough Diving Club to see the 50 bells which they have rescued from sunken ships, and possibly visit York Minster to see the new carillon.
If you do live in the UK, and would like to join us, please send me an email and I’ll keep you updated.