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Whistle and bells

Object Number: 
1963.10
Date: 
ca. 1800
Medium: 
Silver
Dimensions: 
Overall: 4 3/4 x 1 3/4 x 1 1/2 in. ( 12.1 x 4.4 x 3.8 cm )
Marks: 
engraved: on one side above the base: "M B D to J M H" in script stamped: under the large oval: two double crosses
Description: 
Seamed silver whistle and bells; rectangular whistle with rounded sides, tapering from the base to the rounded mouth; both sides engraved with a floral motif at the bottom; two ovals applied around the center of the body, one larger than the other with applied scalloped sides and engraving on the tops; bells hung from metal loops strung through the scalloped sides, four on the smaller, six on the larger; loop applied above the smaller oval; semi circular opening cut above the small oval on the opposite side; engraved on one side above the base, "M B D to J M H" in script; control marks stamped under the large oval.
Gallery Label: 
This whistle and bells was used by members of the Morris family of New York.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mr. Lewis Gouverneur Morris
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group