Rattle with bells
Silver plate over copper alloy
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)
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.
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.
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