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1890's - 1900's Sterling Silver Figural Baby's Blown Out Head Baby Rattle
This is a 1890's - 1900's Sterling Silver Figural Baby's Blown Out Head Baby's Rattle. It has fantastic detail on the baby's Head and features. It has a Teething Bar that is attached below the baby's Head and bells hanging, fitted together with a fancy decorated cap over the Teething Bar./ Ring. It is marked Sterling on the back above the Teething Piece. The Baby's Head is also a Rattle, there is a Bell on the inside and it has 2 Dangling Bells hanging from the Baby's shoulders. The Baby is wearing a Bonnet and it is tied in a Bow in the back. It measures 5" in length, 1 3/4' across the shoulders, and the teething piece is 2 1/2" in length. 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 and bells to create a noisy toy that could amuse and occupy 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 Victorian Figural Baby's Head Rattle is embossed with such incredible detail and design. It has a blown out baby's Head and shoulders on both front and back. It has a beautiful Teether and 2 attached Bells as well as the Bell inside the head still jingles. It is in wonderful great condition.
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