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KAISER WILHELM II BELL & STAND

SKU: 20-278

$725.00

I have occasionally seen a “Kaiser Bell” like this example over the years. Known as “Gloriosa,” it is a replica of the “Emperor Bell” from the Cologne (Köln) Cathedral, that was given as an award. I always found these bells quite interesting, but for some reason I never bought one. When I was offered this one recently, I was surprised to find that the bells were originally awarded with special bases on which to display them. It was the first time that I had seen such a base (which fits the bell perfectly). I am proud to offer you this fine pair together. The brass bell stands 5″ tall by itself. Its circumference is 10 ½” at its widest point. It measures 3 5/16″ in diameter at the base. Its handle is decorated with cherubim heads, and measures 2 1/8.” Some silver plating remains visible. A Prussian eagle emblem is featured on the bell’s obverse, while a high-relief representation of St. Peter graces the reverse. A banner encircles the bell’s top section, with the following saying printed in German Fraktur, “Die Kaiserglocke heiß ich, des Kaisers Ehren preis ich. Auf heilger Warte steh’ ich, Dem deutschen Reich erfleh’ ich. Dass fried’ und Wehr/Ihm Gott bescheer.” (The Emperor bell is my name, I praise the emperor’s honor. I stand on the holy watchtower, I invoke the German Reich, That peace and protection / God bestows on him). The bell’s clapper is made of lead. These bells have been featured in Anselm Lange’s European Hand Bells, 1981, p. 252 and with the base in L. E. Springer’s The Collector’s Book of Bells, 1972, p. 100.The hexagonal (six-sided) stand measures 5″ across, and stands 1 3/8″ tall. When the bell is placed on the stand, its height is 6 3/8″ tall overall. The portion that the bell rests on is quite ornate, with a gothic-style breakthrough window in the center adorned with fleurs-de-lis. More stylized fleurs-de-lis and other floral patterns decorate its sides. The bell and stand are quite substantial, weighing 2 pounds and 7 ounces.

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I have occasionally seen a “Kaiser Bell” like this example over the years. Known as “Gloriosa,” it is a replica of the “Emperor Bell” from the Cologne (Köln) Cathedral, that was given as an award. I always found these bells quite interesting, but for some reason I never bought one. When I was offered this one recently, I was surprised to find that the bells were originally awarded with special bases on which to display them. It was the first time that I had seen such a base (which fits the bell perfectly). I am proud to offer you this fine pair together. The brass bell stands 5″ tall by itself. Its circumference is 10 ½” at its widest point. It measures 3 5/16″ in diameter at the base. Its handle is decorated with cherubim heads, and measures 2 1/8.” Some silver plating remains visible. A Prussian eagle emblem is featured on the bell’s obverse, while a high-relief representation of St. Peter graces the reverse. A banner encircles the bell’s top section, with the following saying printed in German Fraktur, “Die Kaiserglocke heiß ich, des Kaisers Ehren preis ich. Auf heilger Warte steh’ ich, Dem deutschen Reich erfleh’ ich. Dass fried’ und Wehr/Ihm Gott bescheer.” (The Emperor bell is my name, I praise the emperor’s honor. I stand on the holy watchtower, I invoke the German Reich, That peace and protection / God bestows on him). The bell’s clapper is made of lead. These bells have been featured in Anselm Lange’s European Hand Bells, 1981, p. 252 and with the base in L. E. Springer’s The Collector’s Book of Bells, 1972, p. 100.The hexagonal (six-sided) stand measures 5″ across, and stands 1 3/8″ tall. When the bell is placed on the stand, its height is 6 3/8″ tall overall. The portion that the bell rests on is quite ornate, with a gothic-style breakthrough window in the center adorned with fleurs-de-lis. More stylized fleurs-de-lis and other floral patterns decorate its sides. The bell and stand are quite substantial, weighing 2 pounds and 7 ounces.