Rattle with bells and whistle

Object Number: 
INV.12434
Date: 
1750-1825
Medium: 
Silver plate over copper alloy, coral
Dimensions: 
Overall: 5 1/2 x 1 3/4 x 1 3/4 in. ( 14 x 4.4 x 4.4 cm )
Description: 
Silver-plated baby rattle with two tiers of bells, whistle at top and smooth piece of coral at bottom; foliate repoussé design on body of rattle and on bells.
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