Back-to-School - Part I


Victorian English Aesthetic Movement Bronze School Bell with Turned Ebonywood Finial (LEO Design)


The school bell has rung!  Pupils to their desks!  While college freshmen may have encountered wistful parental partings, grade school returnees likely perceived their parents breathing a muted sigh of relief.  Such is the annual tide of school-going: students flow in and out of their institutions with seasonal regularity.  Like water, the droplets are always changing though the tides themselves remain regulated.  Over the next several days, LEO Design would like to share some interesting Back-to-School offerings—ideas to help organize, cheer and distract as students push-on through their matriculations.

I've sold dozens of English bells over the years, many of them styled like the one shown above, a Late Victorian Aesthetic Movement design from the 1880's - 1890's.  This one, however, is the largest I've ever found—and one certainly could never call it a tea bell.  It is made of a type of bronze which the British sometimes call bell metal.  A sensuous, curving silhouette is scored with horizontal etching.  The ebonywood knob, at top, is capped with a bronze "beehive" finial.  And one will appreciate a robust, loud ring when the clapper is vigorously shaken!  Click on the photo above to learn more about this handsome bell.

More Back-to-School ideas tomorrow and in the days to come.


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