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Bell pull

Bell pull
Title
Bell pull
Date 
circa 1850
Medium 
Wool, linen, silk
Dimensions 
Overall: 67 7/8 x 3 1/2 x 1/4 in. ( 172.4 x 8.9 x 0.6 cm )
Description 
Berlin-work bell pull, embroidered in various colors of wool and silk floss on linen ground with linen lining on reverse, a multi-colored floral motif runs the entire length of the pull, set against a chocolate brown background.
Object Number 
INV.11958
Gallery Label 
Bell pulls were both a functional item and a status symbol, since they not only allowed a family to call their servant, but told visitors quite plainly that there were servants to call. Bell pulls, often rendered by girls and women in Berlin wool work, were common in the middle of the nineteenth century.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group