Antique Blown Glass Wedding Bell Handmade by Nailsea, circa 1840

$600.00

This handmade blown glass wedding bell was made in England at the Nailsea Glassworks, circa 1840. The shape of the bell and handle is elegant. The deep red color of the bell is exquisite. The handle looks like peppermint with swirled red and white glass which balloons at the top.

The ringing of wedding bells is a tradition that traces back to Scotland. Bells were first rung in the churches of Scotland to announce newlyweds. The ringing bells spread the news of the marriage across long distances, so bells after a wedding let the whole area know that the couple was now happily married.

Dimensions

H 10.5 in. x Dm 5 in.

Condition

Excellent. The inside ringer is a modern replacement.

Price

$600

Background of Nailsea Glass

In 1788, John Robert Lucas built a glassworks at Nailsea. He picked Nailsea because of the plentiful supply of coal for the factory’s furnaces from local mines in the Nailsea Basin.