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  • Pitcher. Possible Pal Bell?

    Hello, I'm trying to figure out more about this pitcher. It was supposedly found in the 1900's in Virginia and seems to have Hebrew scrip on it. Does anyone

    sergiorapu 6 days ago
  • Menorah

    Anyone know anything about this menorah. It is not in the best of shape. It has some of the green coming off of it. But still beautiful. New to group. Thank

    8 months ago
  • A site for your Pal-Bell collection

    שלום לכולם... To all Pal-Bell collectors group members. I'd like to introduce you to my new site www.clctin.com - a site dedicated for collectors.

    nbarzeav 2 years ago
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A forum for the benefit of collectors of the wares of Pal-Bell, which manufactured fine Israeli metalcrafts circa 1939 to 1956.


In 1939 in Tel-Aviv, Israel, Maurice Ascalon (formerly known as Moshe Klein) founded Pal-Bell Co. Ltd., with the mission of creating tasteful decorative and functional metalwork and Judaica of the highest quality.

From its founding in 1939, until 1956, Pal-Bell - a.k.a. Palbell - created scores of distinct brass and bronze items. Its wares ranged from decorative bowls, vases, pitchers, trivits and ashtrays, secular in motif, often Art Deco in style; to traditional styled, Judaic-themed commemorative plates, candle sticks, menorahs, bookends, figurines and more.

Maurice Ascalon, who received formal artistic training in Brussels and Milan, was also Pal-Bell's chief designer. Through Pall-Bell, Ascalon introduced the use of green patina to Israel's modern metal craft industry. The application of reactive chemicals to the raw bronze and brass gave many Pal-Bell items their unique "antique" verdigris appearance. This technique was later imitated by other Israeli metal craft companies, and the green patina style became a hallmark of 20th century Israeli metalware.

Pal-Bell's products were a favorite of tourists visiting Israel, especially during the early 1950s, which saw the company's height of production. Pal-Bell also exported a large quantity of its items worldwide, primarily to the United States and Britain, where they were sold in select retail stores. Pal-Bell's two factories, located on the outskirts of Tel-Aviv, towards Jaffa, employed as many as 100 people. Today, Pal-Bell originals are highly valued collectables among Judaica, metalware and tobacciana enthusiasts.

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  • Sep 22, 2004
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