Glass Wedding Bell Blue with White Stripes Made England, Circa 1840


This handmade blown glass wedding bell was made in England at the Nailsea Glassworks, circa 1840. It has exquisite deep blue coloring with a crisp line of white glass wrapped around it (see images #2 and #5). The blue and white opaque twist in the handle was created with threads of blue and white glass pulled up and twisted in the interior of the handle as the glass was blown (see images #3 and #6). The bell has its original glass clapper which is quite rare (see image #4).

Dimensions: 11″ in height x 5″ in diameter across the base

Condition: Excellent

In stock

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.

Background of Nailsea Glass

In 1788, John Robert Lucas built 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.

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