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.
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.
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?