Steamed Bell

Circa 1878

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Price $2,590 Sold

24” W x 80” H x 24” D


Bell and stand designed by Bernard Maets, a little known but very prolific inventor of the 19th century.  Bernard Maets lived a reclusive existence in rural southeast Wisconsin.

Type and Function:

This bell originally hung outside of the Maets shop in Wisconsin.  It is one of the earliest pieces made in the shop by Bernard.  It was used daily to ring in a new day, to announce lunch and to close the day.  Maets also used the bell for special occasions, such as weddings and parties. Mr. Maets is said to have loved the sound the bell made.

Recovery Site:

Somewhere in the 1890s the bell was given to one of Bernard Maets’ friends.  It then disappeared until 1991 when it was discovered in a warehouse in Kenosha, Wisconsin.  In between those times there are reports of it being used in a Tibetan temple halfway around the worldIts exact history is still under investigation.

Principal Investigator:

This object has been recovered, studied and restored by Ed Kidera, discover the reality
Note from Mr. Kidera: “It has a beautiful haunting sound”


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