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Rattle with bells and whistle

Object Number: 
INV.12435
Date: 
1750-1825
Medium: 
Silver plate, copper alloy, coral
Dimensions: 
Overall: 6 x 1 3/4 x 1 3/4 in. ( 15.2 x 4.4 x 4.4 cm )
Description: 
Silver-plated rattle (coral and bells) with whistle at top and smooth piece of coral at the bottom; foliate repoussé design on body of rattle; two tiers of bells; nine bells, one missing bell.
Gallery Label: 
Children's rattles were often worn around their necks, suspended from ribbons or chains, to keep them from being damaged. Made of silver or gold, the rattles were fitted with a whistle at one end, a smooth piece of coral suitable to teething, and any number of bells to ring.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group