The tremendous detail of this bells stands out in sharp contrast with the simplistic imagery on the Gorham model. We encourage you to compare the two.
OVERVIEW & DIMENSIONS: This bell stands 5.5" tall with an opening that varies between 2.5" and 2 5/8. The substantial size and style of the clapper helps date the piece as one of the older versions of its type. The outside of the body features three tiers of figural casting in relief.A 1/4 decorative bar separates the shoulder and skirt. The stem handle consists of a 1" smooth-faced, solid brass plinth upon which the 1 7/8", three-dimensional nude of the mythological goddess "Leto" is posed. Around the bell's opening is a border of interfacing, intricately-detailed scrolls. SHOULDER IMAGERY : figural images around the shoulder are separated by scroll-bordered plumes which may represent acanthus leaves. The face of a woman is depicted between two animals on each side. The women have similar, but not identical faces. The identity of the four different animals is subject to interpretation. Our guess: elephant, bearded goat, dog and lamb. An ornate C-curve is positioned underneath each animal. SKIRT IMAGERY : the skirt features imagery on two levels. The top level portrays two dramatic semi-human masks between small angels in repose. The image of a man's face within and surrounded by acanthus leaves is known as the "North Wind". The lower level depicts two different scenes separated and surrounded by elaborate scrolls and cornucopia.
On one side, the seated nude figure of a bearded man appears to be in conversation with a goat. The other side features a nude woman in repose. Between these scenes, directly underneath the North Wind masks, are a pair of swans. CONDITION: This bell has a loud, clear, melodic ring. The patina is original and there is no rust and no evidence of repair.
The metal rod and clapper are solid and securely attached. One side of the bell has small holes -evidence that this piece spent much of its' life in service rather than on display. Please see photos #10 and #11 provided.
On a computer, scroll to the "Item Specifics" heading. Please study the photos carefully as they are an important part of this description. The item "ANTIQUE Ornate Figural BRASS HAND BELL withLETO FINIAL Angels-Animals-Masks +" is in sale since Tuesday, February 12, 2019. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Decorative Collectibles\Bells\Metal". The seller is "doganddaisy" and is located in Brockport, New York.This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Antigua and barbuda, Aruba, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Saint kitts and nevis, Saint lucia, Montserrat, Turks and caicos islands, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman islands, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Uruguay.