Rattle with bells and whistle
Silver plate over copper alloy, coral
Overall: 4 x 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 in. ( 10.2 x 3.8 x 3.8 cm )
Silver-plated baby rattle with bells and whistle; foliate repoussé decoration on body of rattle and on bells; whistle at top of rattle; piece of coral broken within rattle (no coral protrudes from end); two tiers of bells; 10 bells total.
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 Joseph Arthur Levy (b. 1840), father of donor.
Gift of Florence N. Levy, 1946
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