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Rattle

Rattle
Title
Rattle
Date 
1750-1825
Medium 
Silver
Dimensions 
Overall: 2 1/2 x 1 1/4 x 1 1/4 in. ( 6.4 x 3.2 x 3.2 cm )
Description 
Silver baby rattle with floral design on bulbous handle; floral design is engraved; silversmith's hallmark on handle.
Object Number 
1941.1009
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