A proper Victorian household would not be complete with a broad collection of bells, scattered variously about the house. A "quick tinkle" of a tea bell would summon the servant to bring-in the tea, collect a letter for posting, or to escort a guest from the sitting room. Bells should sound nice, of course, but their sound must also travel a reasonable distance, sometimes through walls or closed doors.
The handsome Victorian bronze tea bell, shown above, may have helped keep a proper household properly moving. The handle is in the form of a parrot. And the hand-painted coloration (on the bird and on the skirt of the bell) is referred to as "cold painting"—that is, paint applied to the metal after it has been cast and cooled. The paint is not "baked-on" in any way. It is a decorative method very common with high quality Viennese bronzes. Click on the photo above to learn more about it.
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We also can be found in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania at The Antique Center of Strabane (www.antiquecenterofstrabane.com).
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