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January 19, 2024

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When I was growing up, we’d visit my Grandma, who kept a cowbell in the kitchen. Whenever dinner was ready, she’d ring the bell, and it would clang loud enough to let those in her third floor bedrooms know that there was food on the table. The sound became Pavlovian for me, and now when I hear a loud brass bell — I associate it with food and family. Chris and I have had one in each of our homes, and I love that ours is wall-mounted. I love even more that we don’t have to yell up the steps to call the girls for dinner. One ring of the bell, and they come running!

Botanical Calendar | Brass Bell (similar)

Sadly, ours is no longer sold, but I round up a few others below!

  1. Antique Style Shopkeepers Bell $24
  2. Antique Cast Iron Dinner Bell $26
  3. Black Cast Iron Dinner Bell $29
  4. Metal Abstract Bell $35
  5. Brass Bell Wall Mount $42
  6. Antique Nautical Bell $44

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  1. Kirsten says:

    Our family just yells “ring a ding ding” (but really to the tune of what does the fox say….don’t pretend you do not know the song). This may have inspired me to make our home slightly classier and add a physical bell. Lovely post as usual.

  2. Esther Wegener says:

    I love this! One day when I’m past the tiny-baby-who-is-hopefully-sleeping-while-I-prep-dinner stage of life, I definitely want a dinner bell!
    My sister-in-law has a dinner gong, and that is quite an experience…

  3. Jenn says:

    Hello! I am loving your blog and this post! It’s inspired me to get my mother in law an engraved wall-mounted dinner bell as a gift. I just know she would love it! I was curious what the diameter of your dinner bell pictured above is? It looks like the perfect for a nook in her kitchen. & Thanks so much for providing such an amazing inspiring site!

  4. Pam says:

    We never had a bell (how cute!), but growing up our neighbor had an Ox horn that he would blow everytime it was time for dinner or to come in for the night. It was incredibly loud! Lol. He only meant to call his kids back home, but we all responded. Probably made it easier for the rest of the parents….no need to worry when we were coming back. We could hear that horn a mile away.

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