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LAZY DAISY BELL & CALL BUTTON, 1940's
Used as a portable housemaid calling system.
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- I have two of these things. One like you show and a somewhat different one. They both date to the turn of the last century, not 1940. They are portable call bells, probably for vacation homes or for sick room use to call a nurse or attendant. I believe the one you show is American as it takes the standard No. 6 battery. The other one is definitely English. There is a pencilled note on the bottom of the lid, "Brought from London, Engl, July-1971 Wm. G. Ott," There is also an ornate brass tag on the top that reads, "M.DuPre, from her Affectionate Friends of the Y.W.C.A. Dec 6th 1904" There is also a partial paper label on the bottom with the words The Depositories and Canterbury and the number K3810.
.......... Daniel Sohn, Baltimore MD, U.S.A., 28th of March 2012