ANtique Sterling Baby Rattle 1901 whistle chatelaine teether English hallmarks
Silver rattles( teething-sticks ) have been traditional christening presents for well over 200 years. Sometimes called Elizabethan inventories, rattles were a combination of a whistle & bells to create a noisy toy that could amuse a child for hours. Silver was known to kill bacteria and was known as a natural antibiotic and preventative against infections which would be a very good reason for its use in items given to babies. This repousse antique silver baby rattle is embossed on both sides with ornate scrolling patterns and has a beautiful mother or pearl teether. It also has its original ring where it would have hung from a chatelaine or cord near the baby's crib. It's nicely detailed and has a working whistle on the end. Attached are 2 bells that still dingle It's in excellent condition with no dents or damage and measures 2 1/2" long. The Hallmarks are on both sides. This dates about 1901 and was made in Birmingham according to the marks which are an ANCHOR LION N. This was made by Adie & Lovekin Ltd. (c.1880-1910). This company made everything from pin cushions to pen knives and has a reputation for their attention to detail and high quality items. This came from the same estate as the GORHAM SNake Dragon Griffin Sterling PURSE frame I have for sale.
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