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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Back In Time Vintage Thingies Thursday


If you really enjoy things from the past, Coloradolady at http://coloradolady.blogspot.com is the place to go.

This a little vintage, black, metal dinner bell with a wall mount. It belonged to my in-laws. My father-in-law was a skilled carpenter with his shop a ways back from the house. This little bell hung on their back porch. When his wife needed him or had their meal ready, she would ring the bell. It is hanging on my fence now.

These are vintage Spaniel dog gate toppers. These Spaniel toppers are from the 1950's gates. He is 7" across, 6" to top. Doubled sided with the design on both sides. These were on my grandparents old fashioned chain link fence. As you can see, I still have them.

36 comments:

George said...

I like both your bell and the gate toppers. Both are neat.

Ginny said...

I love your dog mascots!! And the bell is charming, you have a fence unlike anyones!!

farmlady said...

What a pretty bell. Think how may times it brought people to dinner. Such history.
I love the dogs. Wish I had some like that. They are very unique.
Thanks for sharing them.

Ann said...

Oh I just love it when people keep and use their familes items! The dogs are really interesting!

Honey at 2805 said...

The doggie toppers are so fun. It's been a long time since I've seen one of these.

Maureen said...

The dogs are awesome! They look like they are in excellent condition after all these years.

April said...

Such cute dogs! One of my dad's uncles had those when I was a child. I always wondered why a dog was on top of the fence. . .now I know they were just FUN!
Happy VTT!

heartfelt living said...

I just love your dinner bell! I was just looking at one at our local antique shop this weekend and how special that it belonged to your in-laws.
I never knew that made gate toppers like this. My husband would go crazy over yours. He loves anything to do with Spaniels as they remind him of our dog Jazmyn.
Thank you for sharing.
Blessings,
Karen

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Not only are these good reminders of days gone by,but they are still just as useful as ever,I particularly like the dogs.
Ruth

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Lovin' your gate toppers LV, how fun is that:@)

Donnie said...

How sweet to have that bell and the lovely spaniel gate toppers to remind you of family.

Betsy said...

These are wonderful old pieces especially since they've been in your family for so long. It's good to see that you still have them displayed. I love the idea of that old bell; now we just call them on their cell phones;-)
Thanks for visiting with me...that phone books was so interesting, too bad I forgot to pick it up:(

Lily Riani said...

sooo sweet.... i like all

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Great old pieces. Love the dinner bell.

Jocelyn
http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com

Tete said...

LV- this is so sweet. You know how I have a thing about old gates, and I love yours and it's history. I really enjoy going into shoppes that use one of these dinner bells for their shoppe door. Just the sound of it takes me back to a fun place. I have not seen a pair of the gate toppers ever in person.
Great post!
Hugs- Tete

Ebie said...

These are vintage and antiques! The spaniels are beautiful, the bells make a wonderful chime, and some memories to treasure.

Self Sagacity said...

Those are such cute thingies. The pups are awesome.

Infatuated with Homes and Gardens said...

The dogs are amazing I have never seen anything like this ,I want them so much!
~Sharon~

Zondra Art said...

Beautiful decorations for doors!
Kisses.

Red Nomad OZ said...

So many gorgeous things from the past - makes you wonder why we bother with anything new, doesn't it?!?!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi LV, OH--how I love those Spaniel gate toppers.. I have a Cocker Spaniel for many years, and my Duchess looked like those spaniels... How NEAT!!!

Love the old bell also.
Hugs,
Betsy

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Leslie said...

Very nice LV. I love it when we can find things that held such special memories from years past..

Crystal said...

The dinner bell is WONDERFUL!!!! What a treasured item to have with lovely memories. The gate toppers are so interesting....I've never seen anything like them! Thanks for sharing! Have a wonderful day!!!!

Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita said...

I've never seen gate toppers before! These are so interesting and really cute. Leave it to our vintage expert to have a vintage gate.

Rosie said...

What a cool bell. I wasn't aware of gate toppers. Those are awesome. Now I gotta keep my eye out for one. Thanks for sharing.

Tracy said...

LV,
I love the gate toppers, although I don't have a gate but it is really neat.
You know I read the comment you wrote about reaching my 100th blog and you said it was always nice reaching any number. I laughed to myself because I thought of the number on the scale and how I'm NOT so thrilled if that number goes up :)

♥-Icy BC-♥ said...

You have preserved beautiful and historic things!

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

Hi LV ... well if the bell doesn't alert you to visitors, maybe those cute doggies will bark? I love your gate, and the story behind the bell.
God bless,
Kathy

Laurie said...

I absolutely *love* the Spaniel gate toppers. I've never seen anything like them!

Ann said...

I've never seen gate toppers. These are so cute--now I'll be on the lookout for some. Your dinner bell is special too.
Ann

marian said...

these are lovely LV..i've never seen gate toppers before :)

Kathy said...

Those little doggies are so dear! And what a great story about the bell. I think I need one of these around here to save my voice!

AshTreeCottage said...

I love those spaniel gate toppers!! They are precious.

Love,
Susan and Bentley
xxoo

Annie said...

It is exactly these sorts of bits that make a house a home.

Anna said...

Those gate toppers are so nice, and I like the bell on the gate, too. So much more character and interest than the pvc fencing so many people have (around here anyway) these days, I think, and much more friendly.