Box of 114 'toy bells', probably for use in doll manufacture.

Part pf a collection associated with the firm of L.J. Sterne Doll Co. It was founded by Lionel John Sterne, assisted by his wife Hilda Lillian Sterne. L.J. Sterne was originally known as Leo Sternschein. He was born in Linz, Austria, in 1899 and died in Melbourne in 1989. The firm manufactured a number of dolls which were used in various television shows and became very popular such as Gerry Gee, Fred Bear and Humphrey Bear. Leo Sterne maintained the collection for 18 years after his retirement.

Physical Description

Cardboard box containing 114 brass-coloured toy bells. Circular bells each with loose piece of metal encapsulated to effect a sound. The bells each consist of 2 halves pressed/welded together with a small loop protruding from top for hanging. 2 holes in bottom joined by slot. Lid of box, cardboard, stapled with strip of brown tape across top. Label glued onto top and side is printed with text. Base of box. No markings.

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