Dinner bells have been used for centuries to notify family and field hands that dinner is ready. I grew up with a small bell just outside our back door. When you heard the bell ringing, even blocks away, my friends and I always took off for home. Not only was it my dinner time but theirs as well. This cast iron dinner bell located at our son in laws family ranch in South Dakota, is an iconic part of the ranch, just like the numerous barns, fences and house built with love by his recently deceased grandfather.