Wednesday, September 16, 2015

MORE COWBELL


Here is something that's a family heirloom of sorts, LOL.  

My Grandparents had this cowbell that was, a long, LONG time ago, on the family cow. 

Antique cowbell
I couldn't find a mark or name on it, so I'm not sure who made it originally.  It appears to be brass, or at least iron and brass and is very sturdy.  It almost looks hand made the way the metal is bent around the corners.  

Of course, back then they were probably ALL handmade, ha. 


Above, the rivets on the side are still holding tight after all this time and below, you can see the part that makes noise.  It has this great clanking metal sound that we can imagine hearing years ago to let them know where the cow was.

Vintage cowbell
Unfortunately, I don't know much of the family story behind it.  For example, the name of the cow?  How many did they have?  Sadly, now there is no one to ask...missed opportunities...but we move forward.

Of course it will look cool just sitting on the desk at the farm, but we were actually thinking of using it almost like a dinner bell...we thought that might be a fun way to re-purpose it for use today.

Or any other suggestions?


34 comments:

donna baker said...

Well, I had a friend that lived on an island in the Great Lakes and she used a cowbell to scare away the bears.

Gail said...

How cool!

Cleaning Dad's shop, I have found quite a collection of bells.

John Gray said...

Simple answer...buy a cow

Linda said...

As far as the history goes you could look up your grandparents old tax records. That will tell you how much land & livestock they had.

Galestorm said...

I think that is a neat family heirloom!

jaz@octoberfarm said...

use it as your front doorbell, or get a cow.

anne marie in philly said...

dinner bell would be cool!

Anne in the kitchen said...

Fantastic use of a family treasure!

Elephant's Child said...

I like John Grey's answer. And am completely unsurprised at it coming from him. People would probably give me cows. Sick cows, old cows, neurotic cows...

kymber said...

you know you want a cow! as for "more cowbell" ever think of starting up a band? have you seen the SNL skit about more cowbell? it's really freakin funny - i mean, really freakin funny!

bahahahahah! i am laughing just thinking about it! sending much love to you both! your friend,
kymber

Colleen said...

Love It! What a great family item heirloom and Oh, the memories the bell must have. If only it could talk.
I have a few old cow bells that I have collected throughout the years.
The Cow Bell:
Not much of a bell
Where city folks dwell,
Nor much on the tone
When ringing alone,
But for taking you back to the old farm scenes,
Back into childhood beyond the teens,
It knocks all others to smithereens —
That old cow-bell.
(part of a poem by Fred Emerson Brooks)

Marcia said...

Hang it on your porch. Maybe the wind will make it ring out.

Texas Rose said...

What a perfect family heirloom for your Farm. Seems like your roots are calling you back to the country. I love the rustic construction of that bell.

Linda said...

My first thought of what to do with a cowbell was to buy a cow. It does look like the local blacksmith made it.

Sandy said...

1st Man,

I would hang it outside on your front porch so visitors can ring it.
Hang it freely like a chime, maybe with a great old rope??

Midnite Baker said...

Sorry to bust your bubble, but that is not the original clapper. I'm betting if you found a blacksmith, he could make one for it. Or, maybe, in your antiquing excursions you may find a replacement. Sorry for the bad news. And, you could just use it the way it is. M

1st Man said...

Ha, no bears but hey, there are coyotes roaming around I wonder if it would work for them? Thanks!

1st Man said...

That's awesome. And you know each one had such a story...

1st Man said...

You win the internet for that, ha. :-)

1st Man said...

Oh, wow, great idea. I know they didn't have much land, but that's a great idea about researching, thanks!!

1st Man said...

Thanks!!

1st Man said...

Ha, you and John! Love it. Actually a doorbell is kind of fun, of course no one would stop by 90% of the time but it would be fun anyway, ha.

1st Man said...

yep we like that idea too. Thanks!!

1st Man said...

Thank you, it will be a great conversation piece for sure.

1st Man said...

LOL! You made me crack up and 2nd Man looked at me like I was crazy. Cows with three legs...cows with crossed eyes...

1st Man said...

That's wehre I got that from. Classic SNL skit, we love it. ;-)

Thank you as always!!!

1st Man said...

You are our poem queen...thank you for this. Wonderful!!!

1st Man said...

Hmm, not a bad idea either. Thank you! It's kind of heavy might have to be a strong wind, but hey, if we hear the cowbell ringing we know it's a big storm coming, right? :-)

1st Man said...

Yep, there is something calling me back. 2nd Man is eager and along for the ride too, ha. We're not sure what we'll learn about ourselves once we ARE there full time. Time will tell!

1st Man said...

Ha, another cow vote! Can't have that anytime soon but perhaps someday!! It definitely seems homemade...or local made I guess...

1st Man said...

That's a great idea na dI love the old rope idea. Thanks!!

1st Man said...

Hey, that's ok. I'm sure somewhere along the way they had to have it repaired. Now that would be an awesome story to know. Did ol' Bessie take off running and get her bell caught in a barbed wire fence? Ha. Thanks!!

Anonymous said...

Just wondering what the dimensions are! Love it! Saw one in a little antique store and am considering buying it!!

1st Man said...

Sorry for delay on this...I don't have the measurements handy but if I had to guess I'd say about 8" high? It's a cool thing, hope you find one!