Messing | Victoriaanse tafelbel of dinnerbel “Melkmeisje” l UK | | ca. 1860Artikelnummer: KOP0015
Antieke messing tafelbel uit Engeland.
Ze heeft ook nog een “vriendinnetje” en er is ook nog een wat grotere “dame”.
These lady bells are usually vintage or antique and were once the method the well-to-do used to call a servant into a room. The mistress of the house would ring the bell for tea. Or anything else she required.
Appearing in many shapes and designs and representing fashions through the ages, the bells can be valuable. They range in size from very tiny, under 3″ tall, to large, over 7″. The best bells have leg-shaped clappers. Some of the most intricate and beautiful bells were made in Russia. They look more like art sculptures than servant summoners.
Because a majority of the wealthy lived in Europe and the United Kingdom during the past couple hundred years, more bells can be found in these areas than in America. The European bells often are better made and more highly detailed than counterparts in this country.
Better quality bells have the excess material between the arms and body removed to create open space. Details must be crisp and finely crafted. Over the years, bells were copied by other manufacturers, using an original bell to form a mold. The resulting product was always more crude with poorly defined details.
Photo: 1900's - standing with perfect posture and an air of elegance herself - her hands delicately framing the tea tray - a BEAUTIFUL maid with a BEAUTIFUL tea tray