Thursday, September 18, 2008

Antique Bell

My husband Stacey found this antique bell at the Lafayette School House: Oregon's largest (so they say) antique display. We assumed it had been a church or school bell.We found the perfect place to put it. My husband had the post hole dug and in the ground with cement in 20 minutes. He amazes me.I was cutting up pears to can, and looked up from my work and saw that he was nearly finished putting it up.
It is a darling bell. I love the way it sounds when it rings. To me it sounds like it may have been on a fire engine. It does not seem large enough to have been on top of a church or school. My husband does things the way my dad would do them. I love the way the pull rope comes down and is attached to this wood hook. The rope is wound around this wood handle made from a tree limb. It is fun to hear the bell ringing. It's a great way to call everyone in for lunch, rather than honking the truck horn like I usually do. My dad came over for a visit and we think he may have solved the mystery for us. He thinks it came off an old locomotive. Trains had both bells and whistles in the old days.
We had such a wonderful time talking with Dad and really enjoyed having him out here with us. Love ya Dad. Thanks for helping us figure out where this bell may have come from. "A day of the Lord is coming..." Zech. 14:1 "On that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives..." Zech. 14:4 "On that day HOLY IS THE LORD will be inscribed on the bells of the horses." Zech. 14:20

32 comments:

ceekay said...

Great bell. I LOVE it. It would be interesting if there is some kind of marking on it to see if you could find out exactly where it came from!

Anne Fannie said...

What a great bell! I love how your husband displayed it! You are so fortunate to still have your Dad around. Dads always are so smart!
Love, Ann

Riccardo said...

The bell is very nice, indeed difficult to say where it came from. Here I would say it comes from an old school !
I looked more at your house which I think is beautiful !

Hootin' Anni said...

Now THAT truly is one great find! And it looks just sooooooooo well, perfect in your yard!! Great work to Mr. Hubby!!

My Show n Tell this week is Halloween. Come by if you can find some time. I'd love to have you visit with me and critique my project.

Jen said...

Great bell. It looks like it was made for your property. Thanks for sharing.

Penless Thoughts said...

Oh what a great find and job of getting it up to enjoy. I hope it gets rung often :o)

Yes, that great day is coming soon!!! We will hear the trumpet sound.
Susan

Monique said...

That is such a beautiful bell and the pole your husband made looks great. It must be so much fun to be called for dinner with the bell.
Thank you so much for sharing and have a wonderful weekend !!

Jaderocks said...

I love your new bell. Now every time you look out the window at the bell you will think of the anniversary trip you took when you bought it. How romantic. Is that a parking meter at your deck by where your dad is sitting? Very Neat.
Have a Great day
Roxy

luvmy4sons said...

That bell is too awesome! How perfect for a farm!

grey like snuffie said...

I agree with Leslie---that is a perfect treasure for a farm.

Deb said...

Hi Kathi! I love that bell! Did it come with the thingy that attaches it to the post! I love your father, he has such a kind face. Have a great weekend. Deb

Wanita said...

Your bell is wonderful. Your husband did a great job of mounting it on the pole.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend! Thanks for visiting my blog.

Angie said...

That's a really fun bell. I once bought a bell from a 1905 firestation off of ebay once. I think you guys did a great job of displaying it out in your yard. It looks great!

Mary said...

What unique yard decor. I love it! I'm glad your father was able to help you figure out where it came from and I believe he is correct. It looks about the size of the bells that were on steam trains. There is a train with a bell at a pioneer village near here and it looks much the same.

Your hubby did a great job of installing it and the bell is a great way to call everyone in for lunch.

I certainly enjoyed your show and tell today. Thanks for stopping by to pay me a visit.

Blessings,
Mary

onlymehere said...

I grew up on a farm and this would have solved so many problems for us! You just can't yell loud enough so everyone can hear to come in for lunch or dinner! I love it and the way Stacy put it up! I want one just for decoration now!! I don't think the neighbors would like it if anyone rang it though since we're in a subdivision but for your area it's a very creative wonderful solution to honking the truck horn!!

the pleasures of homemaking said...

Now that's very cool! Love it!

Manuela

Mrs.Ruiz said...

I love the bell!!! In the picture of your father sitting on the bench, I was wondering are those parking meters next to him with the flowers hanging on it?

Charlotte said...

I love the bell and what a wonderful way your husband displayed it. It will always be a wonderful reminder of your anniversary trip.
I love the veggies below - especially the "spiced up" ones.
Great scripture.

Barbara H. said...

How neat! I love it.

Sharon said...

I love that Bell! It is wonderful and perfect for the farm! It's neat how Stacey got that project done so quickly! Your are a blessed woman. I bet Dad had a fun time at your place!

Have a great weekend!

Love ya! Shar

Judy said...

I love your bell. We got a bell for our daughter who lives in Minnesota on 20 acres, just so she too can call the kids home when they are out playing.
Hugs,
Judy

Jan Parrish said...

Very dool! I also love the parking meters you hung plants on. You are so creative. :)

Jean said...

What a super find! Love the way your husband put it up! Terrific!

Julieann said...

I haven't played Show and Tell yet today--I will try to get one up--but I wanted to stop by my friend and say hi:) Have a lovely weekend and thank you for all the positive comments on my blog:)

I just love, love, love that bell too!

Julieann

Melissa Wertz said...

Very very kewl!

A Romantic Porch said...

That is so perfect! I love it and the story that goes with it. That is something my parents would have done. In fact on their 50th anniversary they gave each other a large brass bell (with a wood handle) to call each other into the house when the phone rang and the other one was away at the barn or somewhere. Great posting Kathi, and I'm so glad you had such a fun anniversary. xo rachel

Rue said...

I just finished catching up with you. You certainly had a busy but fun looking summer :)

The bell is wonderful!! I love it :)

hugs,
rue

Lisa Ann said...

Oh I love the bell. I love old things with history. Very cool!

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Great bell! Great husband, and Dad too!

The bell brought back memories for me, my grandparents had a bell on a pole like that on their farm. She would ring it to tell them to come from the fields to dinner (lunch) and supper!

Katherine

Jewelgirl said...

What a wonderful addition to your
house, the bell looks wonderful!
They don't make school bells this wonderful anymore, I know you will
enjoy it!

Scooterblu's Whimsy said...

Hi Kathi, What a great find! Love your bell! the limb rope holder is such a neat touch!

Great pic of you dad! :) ~Rhonda

Kelli said...

Wonderful show and tell, Kathi! Your old bell is just wonderful and I love how you use it to call everyone in for lunch!
~Kelli

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