CASTLE CALDWELL GATE HOUSE BELL 2015 BELLEEK ORNAMENT

Article number: 5719
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Collectable and charming, Belleek ornaments are the perfect go-to idea for any special occasion. Whether it’s to welcome someone to a new home, celebrate a birthday or just because, Belleek ornaments are always a welcome gift idea. Display them on your Christmas tree or leave them out year round, the choice is yours! Belleek Pottery ornaments are a great way to add a little bit of Irish to your lives.

This 28th Edition Bell ornament is a replica of the Castle Caldwell Estate Gatehouse, home of John Caldwell Bloomfield. The discovery of feldspar and china-clay** on his estate led to the establishment of Belleek Pottery in 1857. Measures approx. 2.75inches.

Belleek is handcrafted in Ireland of fine Parian China. Item comes gift boxed.

**The Story is told that John Caldwell Bloomfield was out hunting on his estate one day when he noticed a man painting whitewash on his cottage walls. He saw that the whitewash had an unusual sheen. This observation gave him the idea of getting a mineral survey made of his lands. The survey was carried out in 1854 discovering that there was a large deposit of Feldspar and China clay in an area close to Castlecaldwell in the townland of Larkhill. Later he got the keen interest of Robert Armstrong, an architect who had a background in ceramics and the financial backing of David McBirney, a wealthy Dublin businessman ultimately leading to the building and establishment of Belleek Pottery some years afterwards.

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