Vintage and discontinued SASAKI 24% LEAD CRYSTAL glass dinner bell featuring an elegant etched floral design on both sides of the handle and hand decorated with three (3) bands of 18K gold, individually hand crafted from the finest pure lead crystal and issued as part of a limited edition exclusively available from the Danbury Mint. (c. 1981) Excellent condition with no chips, cracks or other damage to note. Marked on the side of the bell with Danbury Mint's mark and dated 1981. The original crystal ball bell clapper is suspended by a thin gold chain. Sweet sound that can be heard for some distance.
Sasaki Glass (Japan) was formed in 1902. Sojiro Sasaki created his own glass shop in Kanda, Tokyo. He built his business around wholesaling oil lamps, a major product at the dawn of Japan's domestic glass industry. In the following year, Sasaki's glass shop began to export lamps to Hawaii, China, and Southeast Asia . The company also expanded its sales channels and creates a nationwide wholesale network in Japan.
In 2002, Sasaki Glass merged with the Houseware Division of Toyo Glass to create the TSG (Toyo-Sasaki Glass), two of Japan's oldest and largest glassware manufacturing companies. The combination of their long-standing traditions, technologies, and extensive sales networks have made TSG the biggest glassware manufacturer in Japan and marked a new chapter in Japan's glassware industry.
This vintage collectible crystal bell measures 7-1/2" high, 3-7/8" diameter at the base and weighs 5.7 ounces.
A2123 - Vintage 1981 SASAKI, JAPAN 24% LEAD CRYSTAL Glass Dinner Bell Etched Florals & 18K Gold Bands - Danbury Mint