Antique VICTORIAN STORE / HOTEL Desk Brass BELL: 1863 !
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Sold Date: 08/11/2010
Channel: Online Auction
Category: Furniture & Furnishings
Estate find....ANTIQUE...ORIGINAL HOTEL FRONT DESK....STORE COUNTER BRASS BELL on MARBLE BASE Date marked: Pat. Aug. 25, 1863 VICTORIAN PERIOD....CIVIL WAR ERA !!!! (No reserve......) _________________________________________ This listing is for an antique bell that rings nicely "ding" and is 147 years old based on patent date of Aug. 25, 1863 marked on the finial base, too small to photograph but you can read with strong glasses or magnifier. Bell itself is brass and it is bolted into a white marble base. I've taken photos from various angles so you can see it all, including base. I do not know what old Victorian Hotel or old Store this bell came from but 1863 puts it right in the middle of the Civil War Era. Condition is as seen in photos: Bell has some age marks, small scratches and metal patina discolorations in various places, could use another polishing with specialized brass cleaner to improve brightness. I cleaned once. No large dents in metal. Base is a white marble which also has some spot marks and rough edges, but really, I've sold marble based items before and it is common to find large chips in them. This one only has tiny bites and t, as expected of a 147 year old item, but no large chips out of marble. You'll notice bell top is slightly tipped to side. This is from it being on a counter and customers ringing the top over and over throughout the years and slightly bending the bell cap w hand taps it. I think it adds to charm and confirms it was really used, but wanted you to be aware of the tip and ok with it before buying this bell. From bottom of base to top of ringer it measures about 5.75-6" tall, bell cap is about 3" diameter at widest point, and marble base is 3.5" x 3.5". It is heavy...almost 2 pounds unwrapped. Kindly keep this in mind when paying shipping cost because this reflects the weight. I price as close to exact as possible and usually loose money on shipping. This antique bell is pre-owned, not new not perfect. It is great for a Bed & Breakfast, old Store, Window or Museum display, early holiday or birthday gift for a Teacher.... to name just a few ideas. It is one of those items that I have a difficult time parting with because I could easily keep it for myself. Please view photos as you will receive the item in the photo. Ask me questions before buying and I will respond to you promptly. Your satisfaction is important. Thank you for looking. Vicky International Buyers – Please Note: Import duties, taxes, and charges are not included in the item price or shipping cost. These charges are the buyer's responsibility. Please check with your country's customs office to determine what these additional costs will be prior to bidding or buying. Customs fees are normally charged by the shipping company or collected when you pick the item up. These fees are not additional shipping charges. We won't under-value merchandise or mark the item as a gift on customs forms. Doing that is against U.S. and international laws. Shipping & Handling : Packing done carefully. Shipping to the United States and countries noted . Shipping to approved PayPal address only. I will gladly try to combine shipping on multiple like items. I ship promptly after you pay promptly. Insurance will be included in the handling charge if the item warrants it, such as fragile, antique or unusual collectible. Your satisfaction is very important. Payment is expected within 4 days after close of auction and if not received, I will file an unpaid claim with eBay for assistance. I do and always try to describe items to the best of my knowledge. If it does not say new or mint condition, then it is not new. A vintage item will show some signs of wear. Most of my items are vintage, used, older so please view the photos included with the description to be sure you are comfortable with the condition and quality before buying. Photos are considered part of the description. Many of my ...
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