Rattle with bells

Object Number: 
INV.12431a-d
Date: 
1750-1825
Medium: 
Silver plate over copper alloy
Dimensions: 
Overall (a): 2 3/4 × 1 1/2 × 1 1/2 in. (7 × 3.8 × 3.8 cm) Each (b-d): 1/2 in. × 1/2 in. (1.3 × 1.3 cm)
Description: 
Silver-plated baby rattle with two tiers of bells; upper tier has all four bells missing; top of rattle is broken off; second tier of bells has curly links to which bells are attached; coral handle is missing from bottom of rattle.
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 for teething, and any number of bells to ring.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group