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Watchman's rattle

Object Number: 
ca. 1775-1875
Overall: 5 3/4 x 9 1/4 x 2 5/8 in. ( 14.6 x 23.5 x 6.7 cm )
Wooden cog rattle with ratchet on turned handle and clapper mounted in turned, bulbous projection with incised bands.
Gallery Label: 
According to the donor, this "rattle" belonged to James Wilson, who last served on the U.S. Frigate Vincennes as Sailing Master; Sailing Master was an early term for Chief Boatswain, highest non-commissioned officer in charge of the deck; the rattle was used for calling the crew together.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Dr. Frederic Griffith
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group