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    Posted 10 years ago

    kobenstyle
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    I got this bronze bell at a thrift store recently. I can't decipher the maker's mark, and was hoping someone recognizes it.

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    1. Stillwater Stillwater, 10 years ago
      This is a Soleri Bell, or an Arcosanti Bell. The man's name is Paolo Soleri, he has a foundry in Arizona, he's been making these wonderful bronze bells since the 50's or 60's, but he's still making them today and I don't know if yours is an old one or not. Its missing a little triangle at the bottom that catches the wind, but its still a good find. They're worth some money, you did well. I just found one at an estate sale recently actually.
    2. kobenstyle, 10 years ago
      Thank you very much! I had been wondering also if there were some pieces missing, and it is great to see the other examples of his work online.
    3. Stillwater Stillwater, 10 years ago
      You might be able to buy a cheap small one on eBay and take the wind-catch off to replace it. I think yours might be an older or, that or its been out in the weather for a while. The newer ones have this weird fake patina on them. I really love these things. Arizona is my home state and its a real symbol for us, a Soleri bell hanging in a palo verde tree, you know?
    4. kobenstyle, 10 years ago
      I have seen references to the triangular sheet metal wind catchers being made of copper. If so, I will probably try to make one of my own, so I can use the bell. Thanks again.
    5. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 10 years ago
      Fabulous!!

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