So, what is this worth? (Parts 1-255 & 256; now 27 pages)

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Re: So, what is this worth? (Part 75)

Postby halanb » Sat Dec 31, 2011 3:04 pm

75a - HEAVY MECHANICAL VICTORIAN BRASS TOBACCONISTS CALL BELL & MATCH SAFE STRIKER

This is one of the largest store call bells that has the benefit of a double clanger as well as having the match safe and striker at the top. Used on the counter of a tobacconists, it is an imposing site at 8 inches tall and with a base diameter of 5 1/2 inches and a loud ring.

There is some light pitting to the bell dome and both of the strikers are working well with their original springs underneath, operating the pinned two piece arms holding the strikers.

The base of the bell has the name of the maker 'Bolton & Son of Wigan' cast into it and it would have been used originally as a cigar ashtray. The weight of the complete unit is 3 lbs.


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75b - TABLE BELL IN A SHAPE OF MEDIEVAL WOMAN SILVER PLATE

A TABLE BELL IN A SHAPE OF A MEDIEVAL WOMAN MADE IN SILVER PLATE
CIRCA 1860. THE BELL IS 4 INCHES HIGH- VERY GOOD CONDITION


The figure is normally identified as Elizabeth 1. This version with her left hand on her stomach is found in 4" and smaller sizes. The other version with her right hand on her stomach is found in 5" size. Both versions were made in brass by Pearson Page, sand cast, c. 1920.

If the seller is correct with the c. 1860 date, then it would pre-date the Pearson Page items. I looks like it could be of lost wax construction (detail not interrupted on the sides), but there is no clear angle to show that. The 3rd picture is a brass version that would normally sell in the $50 range.

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75c - ANTIQUE ASIAN CHINESE GUILLOCHE ENAMEL BELL W/ NICE CARVED WHITE JADE FINIAL

UP FOR AUCTION IS AN ANTIQUE CHINESE GUILLOCHE ENAMEL BELL CARVED WHITE JADE FINIAL.

6 PANEL SIDED BELL WITH AMAZING ENAMEL WORK AND CARVED JADE FIGURAL FINIAL /HANDLE.

THE BELL MEASURES 4-5/8" TALL.

GOOD CONDITION WITH NO MAJOR WEAR TO THE PIECE.


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Re: So, what is this worth? (Part 76)

Postby halanb » Sat Dec 31, 2011 6:25 pm

76a - Antique Cylinder Music Box - 8 Songs - Three Bells - Fully Working Condition

It plays 8 tunes & works very well, with levers ringing the bells and the cylinder turning without any problems
This music box was purchased from a lady who's Grandmother was the owner of the box, and the lady informs me that the box is over 100 years old
I am fairly sure the box is made from Rosewood though it does have a replacement lid (that was replaced by the ladies husband fairly recently)
The box has some wear indicative of its age, though overall it is in good condition & there are no splits in the wood
The decoration on the front of the box looks like that of Nicole Freres
The inside right of the box is marked with what looks like the following:
F (or possibly T) N 37 9 R X (159)
I am not sure what the marks represent, possibly name initials & box manufactures number
Has levers for Change, Repeat, Stop & Play
The box is 13" wide, 7 1/2" tall & 9" in bredth & weighs 5kg


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76b - Antique swiss music box jeweled "bells in sight"

Plays very well beautiful inlaid no restorations done all original.has some old worm holes gives it character.


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76c - FINE Large 36” ANTIQUE INLAID SWISS CYLINDER & DRUMS MUSIC BOX 1880 make offer

Composition: Inlaid Exotic Wood Swiss Music Box... Cylinders and drums
Condition: Excellent see details on photos
Age: Antique 19c
Origin: Private estate collection


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Re: So, what is this worth? (Part 77)

Postby halanb » Sat Jan 07, 2012 2:23 pm

77a - Antique Spanish Colonial Catholic Bronze Prayer Bell 1770 - Santa Fe Collection
Here is a nice 5 1/2” Spanish Colonial Catholic prayer bell. Clapper is in place, has a great sound.
Made of bronze. 1750-1800.


So, whaddya think? Yes, there were certainly some bells from that period. Yes, there are known to be many reproductions sometimes passed off as older bells. The bidder must decide.

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77b - ANCIENNE SONNETTE DE TABLE BRONZE ARGENTE BATEAU VOILIER 19 EME
RARE ET ANCIENNE SONNETTE DE TABLE EN BRONZE ARGENTE
elle est numèrotée 19 certainement une serie limitee je n ai trouvé que ce marquage
En forme de bateau,le gouvernail sert de clè pour remonter la sonnerie
Quand vous appuyez sur le Marin la sonnette se déclenche
Elle mesure 22cm de long / 11cm de large / 20cm de hauteur /poids 1 kilo

OLD BELL SILVER BRONZE TABLE SAILBOAT 19 CENTURY
RARE AND OLD SILVER BRONZE TABLE BELL
It is numbered 19 certainly a limited edition, I've not encountered this mark.
Boat-shaped, the back rudder winds the bell.
When you press on the sailer, the bell rings.
It measures 8.8 in long / 4.4 in wide / 9 in height / weight 2.2 lb


Another of the old mechanical bells, always in demand.

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77c - Rare Vintage Britannia Standard 958 Silver Bell 4.5"x2.5" 185g

The usual British standard is Sterling Silver with 92.5% silver content, marked (925) or (.925).
The sterling hallmark is a figure of a Lion Passant.
The early London hallmark was a Crowned Leopard Head.

In 1697, Parliament changed the silver standard to 95.84% (958) and called this Britannia Silver.
The Lion Passant was replaced with a Britannia figure.
The Crowned Leopard Head was replaced with a Lion Head Erased.
The new standard was not popular with silversmiths, and in 1720 Parliament reverted to Sterling Silver.

Britannia figure and Lion Head Erased.
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As you can imagine, items from this period are rare and expensive, and the marks are often hard to read. However, the Britannia silver standard remained for anyone who wished to use it, and there are later items with these hallmarks. This particular bell was made by Lionel Alfred Crichton (LAC), London, 1905. Both the clapper and the bell are so marked.

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Re: So, what is this worth? (Part 78)

Postby halanb » Tue Jan 10, 2012 6:37 pm

78a - GLOCKE mit FISCH - Werkstätte HAGENAUER Wien - WHW - werkstatte Vienna - AUSTRIA
Lustige Glocke, massiv & schwer(!!!) ....
mit sehr schönem Klang von der Wiener Design - Werkstaette Hagenauer Wien / WHW
Höhe: 8,5 cm
Durchmesser: 4,8 cm
Zustand: grundsätzlich SEHR nett, aber Gebrauchsspuren (Kratzer)

BELL with FISH (handle) - Hagenauer Werkstätte Vienna - WHW - Workshop Vienna - AUSTRIA
Amusing bell, solid & hard .... (!!!)
with a very beautiful sound, Vienna Design - Hagenauer Werkstätte Vienna / WHW
Height: 8.5 cm (3.4 in)
Diameter: 4.8 cm (1.9 in)
Condition: generally VERY nice, but signs of wear (scratches)


The following is from a 2011 exhibition in Vienna:

The history of the Werkstätten Hagenauer began with the founding of the company by Carl Hagenauer in 1898 – marking the heyday of metalworking in the arts and crafts. At first Carl Hagenauer produced those classic Viennese bronze objects modelled after antiquity and old masters. Flowing lines and soft natural forms were typical of the works of the young entrepreneur who had been trained as a goldsmith and silversmith, chaser and belt-maker. Within a very short time Hagenauer became the leading representative of metalworking in Viennese arts and crafts.

The next generation introduced a stylistic shift, which meant world fame for Hagenauer. The architect Karl Hagenauer had already worked as a student in his family’s company as well as for master teacher Josef Hoffmann and the Wiener Werkstätte. From then on clear geometric contours ruled supreme, and the non-functional ornament was declared obsolete. Karl Hagenauer and his younger brother Franz, who found his artistic calling in sculpture, were clearly ahead of their times in anticipating a stylistic development that later became well known as “Northern design”.

World War 2 brought an abrupt end to the Hagenauer’s economic success and the company now had to get by with a different assortment and alternative materials. The range of products was thus expanded in the post-war eras to include funny animal figures and pleasingly designed functional objects made of wood. Following Franz Hagenauer’s death in September 1986 production continued for another year. After this one of the most successful chapters in Austria’s metal processing industry came to a halt.


This is one of a series of bells, with animal figures as the handles, made by the Hagenauer Works c. 1930. They are chrome-plated brass, and all have the tapered clapper marked "wHw" on the end.

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A bargain price for an Art Deco bell, always in short supply.
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78b - Clochette de Table en Argent massif avec "CHOUETTE" 170grs ASPREY
Exceptionnelle Chochette de Table en Argent massif surmontée d'une magnifique CHOUETTE . Poinçons de Titre anglais (pour.925) , Poinçon pour LONDRES , et Poinçon du prestigieux bijoutier ASPREY ( poinçons sur corps et grelot) .Clochette de Table de qualité remarquable ( dense avec un poids de 170 grammes !!! ) et en très bon état ,complète avec son grelot , et dotée d'une très belle sonorité ,micro-rayures d'usage .
Hauteur de la Clochette : 8 cms
Poids de la Clochette : 170 grammes

Table bell in sterling silver with "OWL" 170gr ASPREY
Table bell, exceptional sterling silver topped with a beautiful OWL. English Sterling marks (for .925) LONDON mark and hallmark of the prestigious jeweler Asprey (marks on the clapper and bell). Table Bell of remarkable quality (dense with a weight of 170 grams!) And in very good state, complete with its clapper, and has a beautiful sound, micro-scratches from use.
Height of the Bell: 8 cms (3.2 in)
Weight of the Bell: 170 grams (6 oz)


Interesting design, with London hallmarks. Most of the British silver bells we have seen previously have been c. 1900. This bell was made in 1997, and shows that quality work still persists among certain makers.

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78c - ANTIQUE BRONZE? FIGURAL CAT CHASING MOUSE DOOR BELL PUSH BUTTON
This auction is for a a very unusual door bell button . I picked it up at a fantastic estate sale that had many Victorian period items and I'm guessing this is from that same period. What I do know is that it's a button, looks like the type used for door bells. It has a green cord that hides the wires. The button is below the cat chasing what is either a mouse or a rat? I've never seen anything like it before. It looks like the cord would hang somewhere? Don't know if it would have been used for a front door bell, hotel desk or for a bell to call a butler? Not really sure. The item is very detailed, even has whiskers on the cat. Looks like it's made out of bronze or maybe brass? The bell section is approx. 3 3/4" long. The cord is approx. 44" long.


The seller may not know what it is, but we recognize it as a hanging-type bell push, probably made in France/Germany/Austria, c. 1900. It sold at a reasonable price, though somewhat low by what would have been asked by a Continental seller.

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Re: So, what is this worth? (Part 79)

Postby halanb » Fri Jan 13, 2012 6:05 pm

79a - 1936 BERLIN OLYMPICS BELL

Wikipedia: The Bell Tower of Berlin Olympic Stadium was a 77 metres high observation tower that was built in 1934 after plans by professor Werner March. The steel skeleton construction was covered with limestone plates.

After the Second World War the Soviet troops accidentally set the tower's contents on fire and it was no longer stable. Therefore the British engineers blown it up in 1947. The Olympic Bell - weighing 9.6 tons, survived the fire and remained in its place in the tower - fell 77 metres, cracked and has been unable to sound since then. In 1956 the bell was rescued, only in order to be used as a practice target for shooting with anti-tank ammunition. The old bell survives to this day and serves now as a memorial.

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KPM BERLIN Germany 1936 OLYMPIC GAMES BELL III REICH WW2
For sale is a porcelain bell with original wood base made by KPM Porcelain factory for the 1936 Olympic games in Berlin.
Brandenburger Tor and German Eagle with Olympic rings, 1-16 August, 1936. 11 Olympische Spiele Berlin. Ich Rufe Die Jugend Der Welt
Perfect condition
Marked inside with blue sceptre sign.
Size: Bell: h: 12 cm, d: 10 cm


Porcelain replica sold as a souvenir at the games. (Note: The clapper is missing.)

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Note: One of these sold for $65 at the ABA Convention in St Louis last year, where the REAL bargains are.

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79b - 1950 BERLIN LIBERTY BELL

Wikipedia: The Liberty Bell (in German, Freiheitsglocke) in Berlin, Germany, is a bell that was given as a gift from Americans to the city of Berlin in 1950 as a symbol of the fight for freedom and against communism in Europe, and was inspired by the American Liberty Bell. Since 1950, the bell has been located in the Rathaus Schöneberg, the former city hall of West Berlin.

The 10-ton bell arrived from the British foundry of Gillett and Johnston to a ticker tape parade in New York City. It carries the inscription That this world under God shall have a new birth of freedom. The bell subsequently visited 21 American cities, and people in every state were encouraged to sign a "Declaration of Freedom". 16 million signatures from American citizens were collected and are enshrined in Berlin along with the bell. The bell then traveled to Berlin, and was permanently installed in the West Berlin city hall on United Nations Day, October 24, 1950. More than 400,000 Berliners, some 100,000 of them having risked crossing the border from East Berlin, filled the square before the city hall (now John-F.-Kennedy-Platz) to witness the dedication ceremonies. General Clay gave a speech and pushed the button that started the bell ringing. Its deep tones were heard throughout East Berlin and into East Germany. The East German communist party launched a noisy demonstration several miles from the dedication site, and party propagandists denounced the Freedom Bell as a "war bell", a "hunger bell" and a "death bell". Communist central committee member Hans Jendretzky warned: "The rope of the death bell will become the gallows rope for those who ring it."

The Governing Mayor of West Berlin, Ernst Reuter (SPD), declared that Germany "will never rest or relax until freedom will shine over the countries of Eastern Europe that are at present forced to live in slavery".

The bell is rung daily at noon, and at midnight on Christmas Eve and on New Year's Eve.

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Goebel Porzellan Berliner Freiheitsglocke / Berlin / Glocke
Berliner Freiheitsglocke - Umlaufendes Schriftband: "That this world under God shall have a new birth of freedom" - gemarkt GOEBEL, mit der blauen Marke von 1960 - 1972
Höhe 9 cm - Durchmesser 9 cm - unbeschädigt.

Goebel Porcelain Berlin Liberty Bell / Berlin / bell
Berlin Liberty Bell - Circumferential inscription: "That this world under God shall have a new birth of freedom" - GOEBEL, with the blue mark of 1960 - 1972
Height 3.6 in - 3.6 in diameter - undamaged.


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Re: So, what is this worth? (Part 80)

Postby halanb » Mon Jan 16, 2012 4:04 pm

80a - ANTIKE Tischklingel Klingel Hotelklingel verg. Messing Perlmuttschalen Marmor
Tischklingel aus der Zeit um 1890 !!!
Die Klingel hat einen weißen runden Marmorsockel.
Darauf befindet sich eine durchbrochen gearbeitete goldene Messingmontierung.
An der Montierung sind zur Verschönerung 3 Perlmuttschalen mit Randverzierung.
Zwischen den Schalen befinden sich Weinreben.
Der Schlegel ist ebenfalls vergoldet und läuft in eine ringförmige Handhabe aus. Der Schlegel ist auf einer Halbkugel befestigt. Verschönt ist der Schlegel durch einen halbplastischen Vogel.
Am Marmorsockel befindet sich ein Abplatzer.
Die Tischklingel funktioniert.
Ausgefallenes Zier- und Sammlerobjekt !!!
Sehr guter Zustand mit altersbedingten Gebrauchsspuren.
Maße ca: Höhe 11,5 cm, Dm Sockel 8 cm

ANCIENT table bell, hotel bell. Brass Mother of Pearl shells, marble base.
Table bell dating back to 1890!
The ring has a round white marble base.
Then there is a pierced gold brass mounting.
To the Mount for beautification are three pearl shells with border decoration.
Between the shells are vines.
The flail is also gilded and ends in a ring-shaped handle. The flail is mounted on a hemisphere. Schlegel is embellished by a semi-plastic birds.
On marble base is a flaking.
The table doorbell works.
Unusual decorative and collector's item!
Very good condition with age-related wear.
Approximate measurements: height 11.5 cm (4.6 in), 8 cm (3.2 in) diam base.


These are often called a Shell Bell, Boudoir Bell, or French Slave Call Bell. All might be considered apt except for the Slave part. These bells were made in Europe, probably France, in the late 19th Century, probably 95% remained in Europe, and had nothing to do with summoning a slave servant in mid-century New Orleans.

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There are two versions of these bells. The first type uses mussel shells like the one above. The second type has pictures under glass, like those below.

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80b - Bronze / Brass Bell ~ FRENCH PEASANT MAN ~ Unique & Rare ~ MUST SEE
~ French Peasant Man ~ Extremely Rare?
Very Old!
This auction is for the Man Only. I also have his wife only in another auction. The last of my pictures show what they would look like together.
This bell is beautifully modeled of the head and shoulder. Realistic facial details. Said to be the artist interpretation of the couple in the famous painting called 'The Angelus' or 'The Gleaners'. They are the poor peasants standing in their wheat field with their hands folded in prayer (according to the note card,)
Whether he is brass or bronze, he is very heavy and thick walled. He measures 4" tall x 3-1/4" wide. Very loud ring. The clapper hangs just below the base. This bell (according to the note card) was purchased for Lois Springer and sold later by Lois Springer. Evidently shown in Hobbies magazine Dec. 1958 & Apr. 1944.

80c - Bronze / Brass Bell ~ FRENCH PEASANT LADY ~ Unique & Rare ~ MUST SEE
~ French Peasant Lady ~ Extremely Rare?
Very Old!
This auction is for the LADY ONLY.. I also have her husband only, in my another auction. The last of my pictures show what they would look like together.
This bell is beautifully modeled of the head and shoulder. Realistic facial details. Said to be the artist interpretation of the couple in the famous painting called 'The Angelus' or 'The Gleaners'. They are the poor peasants standing in their wheat field with their hands folded in prayer (according to the note card,)
Whether she is brass or bronze, she is very heavy and thick walled. She measures 4" tall x 3-1/4" wide. Very loud ring. The clapper hangs just below the base. This bell (according to the note card) was purchased for Lois Springer and sold later by Lois Springer. Evidently shown in Hobbies magazine Dec. 1958 & Apr. 1944.


Well, okay, depends how liberal you will be with the definitions of Rare, Unique, and Very Old. I see them for sale in Europe about once a month. Probably brass, sand cast, acceptable but not great details, relatively crude finishing (note the porosity in places and the rough grinding on the clappers).

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These show what happens when two determined bidders must have something.
I would value them at about $75 each.

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Re: So, what is this worth? (Part 81)

Postby halanb » Mon Jan 23, 2012 1:11 pm

No interesting bells this week, so bell related items.

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81a - Bronze Schildkröte Tischklingel Klingel Zierobjekt SAMMLER!!!
Ausgefallene Tischklingel aus Bronze !!!!
Eine tolle Klingel aus Bronze in Schildkrötenform.
Reste der Vorrichtung zum klingeln von unten sichtbar, muss wieder hergerichtet werden. So als Zierobjekt nutzbar. Der Zustand ist sehr gut, der Kopf beweglich.
SAMMMLERSTÜCK !!!!.
Maße ca.: Länge 9 cm , Breite 6,2 c

Bronze tortoise, table bell ringer, decorative object, COLLECTORS TAKE NOTE!!!
Fancy table bell made ​​of bronze!!
A great bronze bell in the form of a turtle.
Remains of the device to ring visible from below, must be re-wired. It is as is an ornamental object. The condition is very good, the head still moves.
COLLECTOR'S ITEM !!!!.
Approximate dimensions: length 3.6 in, width 2.5 in


Another turtle bell, but different than ones seen previously. Those were all windup mechanical bells, where this one is a bell push as may be seen in Pic 3. Note that the tail is a solid casting, so it will make electrical contact and ring only when the head is pressed. Note also the two threaded holes, which may indicate that at one time it was attached to a base.

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82b - Brass Bell / Lady Bell Collectors! Inkwell shaped like a Welsh Lady
These ladies were originally bells but this one has been made into an inkwell instead!
Raise her hat to reveal the inkwell.
Great detail.


A common Martha Gunn bell, probably a factory conversion. Pearson Page were always on the lookout for different ways to offer their products. Many of the handles on figural bells were also used on other items.

Fortunately this inkwell still has the porcelain liner, which are often broken or missing. In that case, the seller will claim that it is an easy replacement. Yeah, well, good luck with that!

This item again shows that the Brits were very fond of polishing brass objects. They were less fond of making sure all the excess polish was removed. A simple wipe with a rag just won't do it. After polishing, you need to scrub with warm soapy water and a hand brush or toothbrush.

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81c - Large Hall Marked Silver Novelty Bell Shape Inkwell Birmingham 1937
A large hall marked sterling silver bell shape inkwell complete with its original glass liner. Hall marks for Birmingham 1937. Good novelty silver bell of good gauge. Loaded for stability and with a faux tortoiseshell base. Inscription to front but could easily be erased or removed since it is not too deep. Large size unusual novelty bell inkwell weighing 546 grams and measuring approx 4.5" high base dia 4".


Probably a gift for a 25th wedding anniversary.

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Re: So, what is this worth? (Part 82abc)

Postby halanb » Mon Feb 06, 2012 6:37 pm

82a - R.A.F. Commemorative Bell, from shot down enemy planes.
Item specifics:
Condition: Used Type: R.A.F.Bell
Service: Air Force Era: 1914-1945
Country/ Organization: Great Britain Conflict: World War II (1939-1945)

A Bell, aprox 5", Cast from metal from German aircraft destroyed over Britain 1939--1945. For the RAF Benevolent Fund. With Churchill, Roosevelt, and Stalin. With clapper.


The base is similar to most of these RAF/Victory/Benevolent Fund bells, but the handle is a less common type. Most have a flattened oval shape to the handle with a protruding "V" on each side. This one is sometimes called a "mushroom" handle, with a protruding "V" on the circular top and a dot-dot-dot-dash pattern.

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82b - Tischklingel Gruenderzeit Um 1880-1900-Spinnrad-funktioniert-Metall Vernickelt
Schöne Metalltischklingel als Spinnrad gestaltet.Um 1880-1900.Aus Nachlass eines Fabrikanten.Metall muss Poliert werden.

Table or Desk bell. Circa 1880-1900, works correctly, a spinning wheel, nickel plated
Beautiful metal table bell representing a spinning wheel. Around 1880-1900. From the estate of a craftsman. Metal needs to be polished.


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82c - Fantastic 19th Century Gilt Bronze Ormolu Hand Bell Figural Big Game Hunting
A fantastic 19th century Victorian era bronze hand bell. Ornately cast with a figural handle and images of elephants around the bell interspaced with vines leaves and grapes. Fantstic detail and clearly a big game hunting theme. The handle being a male figure holding a gun. Gilt ormolu details against a patinated bronze background. A very nice antique bell possibily originating from the Netherlands or Germany or Austria in the late 19th century / early 20th century when big game hunting was at its height. See photos for the excellent quality and detail . In good condition but unfortunately missing the clapper but considered to be an easy replacement. The screw fixing is still in place. Approx 5.75" high.


An exceptional figural bell, that I wish were mine.

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Re: So, what is this worth? (Part 82def)

Postby halanb » Mon Feb 06, 2012 9:27 pm

Some problem children

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82d - 1800s large brass lady bell hemony 6.5" high very heavy old patina
Large old brass lady bell weighs 1.4 kg and measures 6.5" inches high. There is no clapper in her as the steel holder cast into the bell has rusted away over the years. There are tiny traces of gold or bronze gilt still on the bell that when flicked rings loud and clear. A nice addition to any vintage lady bell collection.


Seller says first half of the 19th century. My guess is last half of the 20th century. The large Hemony bells made by Pearson Page are uniformly well done. There have been some recent copies, and this is the poorest copy that I have ever seen.

Yes, it is about half the usual price for this bell. Is that cheap enough to ignore the deficiencies?
Buyer's choice.

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82e - VINTAGE, RARE, CARL WAGNER, BRONZE ELEPHANT BELL, WITH FOOT CLAPPER, #69/500
This is a Bronze sculpture made by Carl Wagner
Produced in 1978, signed by C. Wagner and numbered 69/500 on the underside of the bell
This awesome bronze Elephant bell measures: 6 1/2" tall, 6 1/4" wide from ear to ear.
Weighs just under 5 lbs. Very detailed and the clapper is an Elephants foot
This is 34 years old and has Oxidation and marks on it from use.
Carl Wagner unexpectedly passed away last year at the age of 72. So this will certainly be increasing in value.


This is a genuine Carl Wagner bell, no problems with provenance. However, the bell is from Florida and appears to have considerable verdigris (chloride corrosion). If the buyer likes the color or is willing to accept it, then s/he got about a 25% discount on the normal price. If the buyer wishes to remove the corrosion, that can sometimes be difficult.

The prices of Wagner bells have been falling, and sales in the past six months have mostly been in the $225 - $250 range.

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82f - RARE BRASS DOUBLE HEMISPHERE COUNTER-TOP BELL - 7"TALL - V.G. COND - VERY LOUD
Here is a really charming and most unusual old brass counter top bell. It is mounted on a marble base and stands 7" tall and 4 1/4" wide. The bell is in great shape and works fine. It is actually quite loud. There appear to be two separate halves to the bell and two separate "dingers" that work on gravity as the bell is rotated on the side axis. The bell looks like it could be easily dissambled for repair or cleaning although I have not tried to do so. It is quite possible that this piece was originally silver plated as there appear to be some traces of silver left. Now there is just some patina on the brass. The marble base measures approximately 3 1/4 x 3 1/8" and there is a 1" chip on the bottom edge of one side. My best guess is that this bell was probably used on a hotel registration desk or someplace similiar.


No real problems, often found in this condition, a nice bell, but somewhat overpriced in my opinion.

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Re: So, what is this worth? (Part 83)

Postby halanb » Tue Feb 07, 2012 9:40 pm

83a - Alte Wiener Bronze " Glas Glocke m.Eule und Totenkopf
Eine sehr seltene alte Wiener Bronze mit violetter Glasglocke ,
Auf der Glocke sitzt eine Eule auf gekreuzten Knochen um diese ist eine Schlange gewunden die in die Öffnung der Glocke kriecht und den Schädel mit einem Biss hält
Das ganze ist ca. 10 cm hoch
Der Zustand ist gut bis sehr gut ,bis auf Farbfehlstellen am Schädel
Sehr seltenes Stück
Das violette Glas ist unbeschädigt ,siehe Fotos

Old Vienna bronze glass bell with owl and skull
A very rare old Viennese bronze with violet glass bell
The bell has an owl that sits on crossed bones, there is a snake for the clapper wire
holding the eye ring of the skull clapper.
The whole thing is about 10 cm (4 in) high
The condition is good to very good, other than some paint loss of the skull
Very rare piece
The violet glass is intact, see photos


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83b - SUPERBE CLOCHE DE TABLE SONNETTE DE TABLE CRISTAL BACCARAT FLEUR DE LYS BLASON
SUPERBE CLOCHE DE TABLE EN CRISTAL ROUGE
c'est peut-être Baccarat mais elle n'est pas signée
Sa prise est en forme de fleur de Lys avec un chien (peut-être un Blason)
Elle est en bon état
La cloche mesure 13cm de hauteur / 4,5cm de coté
La prise seule mesure 5,5cm de haut / 4cm de large

SUPER BELL BELL TABLE TABLE BACCARAT CRYSTAL LILY MOTIF
SUPER BELL TABLE IN RED CRYSTAL
This is perhaps Baccarat but it is not signed
The handle is in the shape of a Fleur de Lys with a dog (perhaps a mink)
It is in good condition
The bell measures 13 cm (5.2 in) high / 4.5 cm (1.8 in) square
Handle itself measures 5.5 cm (2.2 in) high / 4 cm (1.6 in) wide


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83c - RARE 19/20THc ANTIQUE BRONZE MECHANICAL COUNTER TWIST BELL OF HEN ON NEST FORM

VERY RARE BEAUX ARTS ERA LATE 19THC TO EARLY 20THC MECHANICAL TWIST COUNTER SERVANTS OR HOTEL BELL. COMES FROM AN INTERESTING ESTATE COLLECTION FROM A MEXICO CITY FAMILY THAT LIVES IN SA PART OF THE TIME. THEY SAY THAT THAT BELL WAS A GIFT FROM A BUSINESS COLLEAGUE WHO TRAVELED THE WORLD. THE BELL IS OF VERY GOOD QUALITY AND AN ABSOLUTE ANTIQUE PROBABLY OF FRENCH OR AUSTRIAN ORIGIN; IT IS NOT A MODERN REPRO PIECE, OF THAT I CAN ASSURE YOU.

THE BELL IS IN GENERALLY VERY GOOD CONDITION WITH SOME LIGHT SURFACE WEAR. THE TWIST MECHANISM WORKS LIKE A CHARM AND MAKES A RICH SOUND. ALL IN ALL, ANOTHER SPECIAL FIND BEING OFFERED EXCLUSIVELY ON EBAY

MEASURES ABOUT 5.5"L X 4.5"T X 4"D


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Re: So, what is this worth? (Parts 1-82 & 83; now 8 pages)

Postby halanb » Wed Feb 08, 2012 1:52 am

83d - TWO CHINESE EXPORT POLYCHROME DECORATED POTTERY NODDING HEAD FIGURES

TWO CHINESE EXPORT POLYCHROME DECORATED POTTERY NODDING HEAD FIGURES
19TH CENTURY AND RE-DECORATED
EACH WITH DETACHABLE WEIGHTED HEAD AND ORNATE ROBES
11½ IN. (29 CM.) HIGH

(TOGETHER WITH A CHINESE EXPORT POLYCHROME-DECORATED POTTERY FIGURE,
19TH CENTURY -- 9 IN. (23 CM.) HIGH)


Sold as antique figures, but not pitched to bell collectors.

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Re: So, what is this worth? (Parts 1-82 & 83; now 8 pages)

Postby halanb » Tue Feb 14, 2012 6:05 pm

84a - RARITÄT! Golfspieler/Golfball als Tischglocke, Bronze, Dunlop, wohl 50er Jahre
Höhe ca. 9,0 cm, guter, altersüblicher Zustand, normale Alters- und Gebrauchsspuren.

RARITY! Golfer/golf ball as a dinner bell, bronze, Dunlop, 1950s
Height 9.0 cm (3.6 in), good old common condition, normal age and wear.


Many metal bell collectors have one of these, or have at least seen it. The figure of a golf caddie was used to advertise Dunlop golf products. The seller believes it is from the 1950s, but this one dates back to c. 1920 and has the inscription "Dunlop 31" on front and rear. This original version is very hard to find and is almost never encountered. Copies were made in England after WW2 and have the inscription "Tubal Cain" on the rear of the golf ball. Later unmarked copies were made in the Orient and in the USA.

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84b - Huge Paolo Soleri Cosanti Arcosanti Bronze Bell Sculptured Garden Metal Windbell
A used large and beautiful Soleri Bronze bell with an spectacular patina of golds and greens, please see photos on diferent lights to appreciate the colors on the bell and sculpture. Please see photos for the initials of P.S. for Paolo Soleri, also see logo. The bell is 5 1/4" high by 5 1/2" wide and the total length is 24" from the tip of the hanger to the end of the fin.


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The 2012 ABA Convention will held in Scottsdale AZ
from Wednesday - Saturday, June 27-30

http://www.americanbell.org/convention/2012/index.htm

An optional guided tour of the Cosanti facilities, including a bronze pour, will be offered on Tuesday, June 26.


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Re: So, what is this worth? (Parts 1-83 & 84; now 8 pages)

Postby halanb » Sat Feb 18, 2012 11:20 pm

85a - Bronze Viking Bell By John McCombie Very Limited Wonderful
You are bidding on an awesome bronze viking bell. This was made by John Mc Combie of Pennsylvania. John has great detail in his bells, with terrific patina. This is signed on the inside, and numbered. This is 27/75, so you can see this is very limited. The clapper is the viking's boot. This weighs two pounds. The height is 5 1/2", and the base diameter is 3".


McCombie bells are rarely offered for sale, and are always in demand. The Viking bell was issued in 2001.

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85b - Set of 6 Gorham Silver Bells - The Great Women of European History
Up for auction is a set of 6 Gorham silver plated bells featuring the great women of European history.
The wooden bases need to be re-stained; some of the name plates have some corrosion and need to be re-glued; the bells themselves need to be polished, but I don't know if this will bring them back to their original state since some look like pitting has begun. Nonetheless, this is still a nice set and some restoration effort can be well worth it.


The set "Women Who Changed The Course Of History" was issued one at a time in the 1970s at an original price of $75 each. Many sets have come on the market in recent years, and a complete set may now sell in the $300 - $350 range. These bells are tarnished, but probably should clean up nicely.

The seller had some of the bells on the wrong bases, but the two below
(Marie de Medici & Mary, Queen of Scots) are correctly identified.

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85c - VERRY RARE JUGENDSTIL Heavy Brass Table Bell TOP
Height, Hoog, Hauteur, : 6.10 inch / 15.50 cm.
Diameter, Diameter, diameter: 4.52 inch / 11.50 cm.
Color, Kleur, Couleur: brass nice original patina.
MATERIAL: Brass.
MARKED : No.
CONDITION: Fantastic condition with minor signs of use.


An unusual bell in that the lady figure is the same as the Hemony Sad-Faced Queen. The base is completely different and may have a Dutch inscription. I have never seen this bell previously.

I had featured it in "They Gotta Be Kidding" when it was offered at $1950. The asking price has dropped several times in recent months. Someone finally made an offer that was accepted.

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