Wednesday, March 21, 2012

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
  This is a reposting because it's an older post and many of you have not had opportunity to read it.

Blessings, Kathi


onlymehere said...

This is really cool! I'm loving the whole idea of it. I used to just yell out the door for my kids to come and eat. My husband hated that but how else was I to get them to come home and eat?.... Also, I noticed your parking meter in the last picture. How neat is that to have on your property?! Hope the sun is shining on you today and that it's a good day.

Elena said...

I remember reading this post before but I enjoyed reading it again. :)

Sue said...

Hi Kathi, Just love this bell,I have one too, and don't know where it came from. but am just happy to have one, it reminds me so much of the good old days. How sweet of your dh do find it and to put it up, my dh is so thoughtful too.
Enjoy your weekend.

Debbie Kay said...

That bell is so neat Kathi. What a great idea to display and use it.



Ramblings of a Southern Girl ~ Rhonda G said...

Wow! What an awesome bell! And it looks great displayed in your garden! Love the wood handle, gives it even more character! And I am really crazy over your parking meters I saw pictured with your dad! :)

Kerin said...

Ok Kathi..
that has to be one of the coolest finds ever!
I love it!
Love your old parking meter too :)

I want to invite you to follow and read my new blog (the old one's staying private for the fam.).
Just click on my name next to this comment, and it should take you right to my new blog.
Hope to see you soon

Kerin from
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