School's Back


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


To the delight of parents nationwide, "real" school is back, at least for now.  After months of video classes, isolation and hoping for a children's vaccine, it seems that the morning school bell has finally rung. 

The school bell, shown above, was made in England in the late Nineteenth Century.  It is made of a type of bronze—sometimes called "bell metal"—in the Aesthetic Movement style.  Horizontal etching on the body becomes horizontal ribbing on the shaft—carried-through to a turned, ribbed ebonywood knob at top.  Click on the photo above to learn more about it.


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