Rattle with bells and whistle

Object Number: 
INV.12429
Date: 
ca. 1840
Medium: 
Silver plate over copper alloy, coral
Dimensions: 
Overall: 4 x 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 in. ( 10.2 x 3.8 x 3.8 cm )
Description: 
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.
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 Joseph Arthur Levy (b. 1840), father of donor.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Florence N. Levy, 1946
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group