Item: Rattle Description: Gilt with
whistle, coral and bells Hallmark: London 1839 by Mary Chawner
Dimensions: 134mm long; 76g weight
Comments: A fine and rare example of a good
sized rattle by this lady silversmith. This rattle is in unusually good condition
(they tend to have some condition issues) and has a full complement of six
bells on a single tier. The whistle is in working order and the original
coral is full length. The rattle bears hallmarks to the collar holding the
teether section and a maker's mark to the reverse side of the whistle.
The presence of a coral teether was dual purpose: for
soothing aching teeth and spiritual properties said to ward away evil.
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