As well as the rattle itself which may be in the form of one or more bells, Georgian and Victorian rattles may include a teething ring, made of ivory or coral, and a whistle for blowing. Coral was believed to have medicinal properties, but on many rattles where previously present, it has been broken off and is missing. Often made of thin silver, Victorian rattles easily sustain damage such as tearing or denting, or have pieces missing.
A Victorian Continental silver and ivory handled child's rattle, the rattle is fashioned as a turned column, with a whistle to one end, and an arrangement of suspended bells at the mid section, terminating in an ivory handle. 28gm.
An early 20th century silver and mother-of-pearl baby's whistle/rattle/teether, the mother-of-pearl handle/teether with embossed silver end including a tapered whistle, two original bells hang from the sides. Unmarked. Length 8 cm.
A good Edwardian silver and mother-of-pearl baby's rattle/teething ring, the mother-of-pearl teething handle with silver mount and scrolling supports to the pierced ball supporting four original embossed bells. Birmingham 1905 by Crisford & Norris Ltd.
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