Jester Baby Rattle made of Sterling Silver by Whiting



This is a wonderful, ca. 1880, figural baby rattle made by the Whiting Company in the shape of a court jester. It has four bells and a whistle for entertaining the child and is approximately 5 1/4 inches long. The ring seen near the whistle end is often referred to as a nanny ring or loop. This ring is for a ribbon or chain necklace to be attached through so that the rattle may be worn. It is marked sterling along with the Whiting logo and the number 29.
Early baby rattle were not often given to the child to play with, given that the bells could possibly be pulled off by an exuberant child and swallowed. Or, even just the length of the rattle could cause choking. But, the rattles were jewelry for the mother, grandmother or even nanny to wear while entertaining the baby.
This is a particularly fine example of a Victorian era, figural baby rattle. Great early rattle such as this are often worn by the collectors as a pendant/jewelry and as an icebreaker for starting discussions when worn.

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