Messing | Victoriaanse messing tafelbel of dinnerbel | ca. 1860 “Melkmeisje” YPRES l UKArtikelnummer: KOP0018
YPRES MAID BRASS SERVANTS BELL C 1890-1920
Ze heeft ook nog een “vriendinnetje” en er is ook nog een wat grotere “dame”, zie hiervoor de andere artikelen.
Antieke messing Victoriaanse tafelbel uit Engeland. Periode ca. 1890-1920. Helaas ontbreekt bij deze dame het belletje. Op haar schortje staat Ypres. Dit is een plaats in België. Het belletje heb ik echter ingekocht in Londen. Deze dame reist dus in Europa heen en weer. Mogelijk is ze rond de WWI richting Engeland gereisd.
This stunning vintage brass lady bell comes in excellent condition. She has Ypres engraved on her apron, is very well cast and would make a super addition to any bell or brass collection. She measures approx: 2.25" inches (5.5cm) high, 2.25" (5.5cm) long by 1.75" inches (4.5cm) deep. Please look at my other brass bells.
Ypres is a Belgian municipality in the province of West Flanders. Though Ieper is the official name, the city's French name Ypres is most commonly used in English. The municipality comprises the city of Ypres and the villages of Boezinge, Brielen, Dikkebus, Elverdinge, Hollebeke, Sint-Jan, Vlamertinge, Voormezele, Zillebeke, and Zuidschote. Together, they are home to about 34,900 inhabitants. During the First World War, Ypres (or "Wipers" as it was commonly known as by the British Troops) was the centre of the Battles of Ypres between German and Allied forces.
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.
Some larger bells sound similar to cowbells. This can’t be avoided, due to the size. These must have been used in very grand houses where the servants were far away. I’m not sure how genteel it would have been for a delicate lady to ring a very large, cowbell-toned instrument. Preferable to yelling, I suppose.
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