Unique collectible crystal glass UNICORN bell which stands 8" tall and features three panels of glass with a mystical white unicorn that is half unicorn, half fish. Excellent condition with no chips, cracks, repairs or damage to note. There is no bell clapper on this vintage crystal glass bell. Decorative scalloped trim with sawtooth cuts. Tiny bubbles can be seen in this art glass bell.
The unicorn is a legendary animal from European folklore that resembles a white horse with a large, pointed, spiraling horn projecting from its forehead, and sometimes a goat's beard. First mentioned by the ancient Greeks, it became the most important imaginary animal of the Middle Ages and Renaissance when it was commonly described as an extremely wild woodland creature, a symbol of purity and grace, which could only be captured by a virgin.
In the encyclopedias its horn was said to have the power to render poisoned water potable and to heal sickness. Until the 19th century, belief in unicorns was widespread among historians, alchemists, writers, poets, naturalists, physicians, and theologians.
More accurately, though, the design seems to be more of a hippocampus named for the Greek mythical animal which is half horse half fish, the the hippocampus doesn't have the unicorn horn on its head.
This vintage collectible crystal glass UNICORN bell measures 8" tall, 3-3/4" diameter at the base and weighs 12.6 ounces. There is no maker's mark.
A2144 - Collectible Crystal Glass UNICORN Bell Sawtooth Trim