Rattle

Object Number: 
INV.12428ab
Date: 
1750-1825
Medium: 
Silver-plated copper alloy, coral
Dimensions: 
Overall (a): 3 3/4 × 1 1/2 × 1 1/2 in. (9.5 × 3.8 × 3.8 cm) Overall (b): 20 1/2 × 1/2 × 1/16 in. (52.1 × 1.3 ×
Description: 
Silver-plated copper rattle with six bells; foliate repoussé work on body of rattle and on bells; whistle at top of rattle; coral extension at bottom.
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. This rattle belonged to the children of Mr. & Mrs. Elias J. Herrick.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. Gerard Post Herrick
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group