Mar 27, 2014 - Sale 2342

Sale 2342 - Lot 210

Price Realized: $ 1,750
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 800 - $ 1,200
MADE FOR THE FIRST NEGRO BUSINESS LEAGUE MEETING (BUSINESS.) WASHINGTON, BOOKER T. Small brass bell, made as a souvenir of the First National Negro Business League meeting held in Boston in 1900. 5-1/2 by 2-7/8 inches; light, even patina, engraved along the bottom edge; rosewood handle. Connecticut: F. G. Stedman, 1900

Additional Details

One of an unknown number of small bells created by Mr. F. G. Stedman a bell-maker from East Hampton, Connecticut, as a souvenirs of the first meeting of the National Negro Business League, held in Boston, on August 23rd and 24th of 1900. Stedman was an African American businessman who attended the meeting, and offered copies of the bell 'sent to anywhere in the U.S.A. for sixty cents,' for members of the League.  The bell and Mr. Stedman are both illustrated and discussed on pages 200-203 of 'The Proceedings of the National Negro Business League' (Boston, 1901). Mr. Stedman, in fact gave a talk at the meeting titled 'Bell Making.'