Heavy cast silver bell

Heavy cast silver bell

£1,980

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Reference

6039

Superior quality silver table bell of cast construction. The bell is an accurate recreation of bells made in the early 1750s and has a lovely ringing tone.

Known as a desk bell, call bell or table bell, silver bells have been summoning others going back as far as the reign of George I at the start of the 18th century, and were designed as a typical cast hand bell. As a means of calling for attention, we frequently see and hear them in hotels calling for staff service.

In private homes throughout Europe and the United States, table bells were commonly used to beckon servants to the dining room. English custom however dictated that servants stay in the room throughout the meal so in this context bells did not feature so frequently.

It was the Victorians who introduced novelty silver bells in the late 19th century and models of dancing women, animals and other quirky designs can be found.

Dimensions:

Height 145 mm / 5 2932"
Weight 393 g (12.64 troy ozs)
Year

1934

Place

London

Condition

Excellent

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