|Yard Bell, photo randomly sourced on internet but possibly via Lehman's|
I can't tell you how badly we want one of these yard bells. They were popular in the 1800's on homesteads to call people to dinner or even to warn of impending dangers (storms, fires, marauders, etc). Of course, as society changed and doorbells and other technology came about, there was no longer a use for them and they fell out of favor.
We think one would be awesome mounted to a post in the yard or perhaps even on the porch. With 2nd Family living at the front of the property, we could even use it to communicate with them ("come up for dinner" or maybe "the zombies are coming", etc LOL).
Update: I forgot to post the link to where these are for sale.
Click here: Large Cast Iron Farmhouse Dinner Bell for Amazon
Click here: Yard Bell for Lehman's
The Lehman's version is original and made in USA, the Amazon one is probably made elsewhere.