Vintage Japan Lefton China Angel Figurine Bells 1956
This bell is number 913 of the nearly 1,000 bell collection of New Mexico matriarch, Lillian Yrisarri de Livingston, great-granddaughter of Don Francisco Xavier Chavez, the first governor of New Mexico when the territory came under Mexican rule in 1822. Lillian collected her bells from 1943 to her death in 1957. She was also a member of the American Bell Association at that time. For the past fifty years her bells sat undisturbed and forgotten in storage. She kept an accurate ledger detailing each of the bells and a copy of the respective journal entry will come with this bell.
Her journal describes this bell as follows: "Angel belles ring notes of whimsy whether they're hanging on your tree or reposing on the coffee table. In graduated size, 3 ½ inches to 2 ¼ inches, each china figurine has a distinct personality...the largest carries a Christmas gift; the second hides a slingshot behind her back, has a mischievous look; the smallest is a baby carrying her doll. Each wears a gold-colored star atop her head. Christmas Angels 1956"
This is a rare opportunity to own a unique and documented artifact from one of New Mexico 's prominent families. (See my other listings from this collection.)
All are signed inside Geo. Lefton 1956 and largest one has red & gold Lefton sticker inside; middle angle is missing a wing; smallest angel has a crack w wing has been repaired.
I've had several questions about these bells. These are not my bells. I'm selling them to help Lillian's elderly descendent. Please notice that I have quoted directly from Lillian's journal. I think part of the ambiance of the bell is what she thought about it in her time. If a buyer is interested, I will be glad to email old newspaper articles that were done about Lillian and her collection.