Whistle and bells

Whistle and bells
Whistle and bells
Title
Whistle and bells
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 )
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.
Credit Line 
Gift of Mr. Lewis Gouverneur Morris
Object Number 
1963.10
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
Gallery Label 
This whistle and bells was used by members of the Morris family of New York.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group