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1976 Bicentennial Bell. This is a vintage porcelain bell from the bicentennial, 1976, depicting a Currier & Ives winter snow scene with horse drawn sled. The vintage bell measures about 5.25 inches tall, has gilt trim and on the right side of the picture is stamped with Currier & Ives.
During the 1800ís in Staffordshire England, in an effort to cut costs and increase business, many porcelain manufacturers and potters were trying to find a substitute for porcelain. Porcelain at the time was both expensive and hard to export because of breakage. It was also difficult to mass produce the beautiful porcelain pieces of the time. So the quest for many of the potters was to find a substitute that was easily mass produced to cut costs and to find a durable substitute for porcelain, which could be easily exported to Australia and the new colonies in the United States.