This is another great, late Victorian baby rattle made by the Gorham Manufacturing Company of Providence, RI. This rattle is in the form of a lollipop that has a full figure rooster inside a cage on the "lollipop" end and a whistle on the other end. This whistle is sometimes referred to as a "nanny whistle". This cage then has four melon shaped bells attached to it to create the rattle. It also has a whistle as an additional feature for getting a crying child's attention.
This rattle is not monogrammed and has not been buffed. The rattle includes a "nanny ring", or sometimes called a "nanny loop" as well. This ring or loop is there so that a ribbon or a chain may be passed through it so that the rattle may be worn around the neck. Early baby rattles were really never intended to be given to the child, but were used by the mother or nanny, or grandmother to entertain the child and were thus worn as a piece of jewelry by the mother as a pendant.
The shapes of early rattles made the hazards if given to the child as the narrow shape would allow it to easily cause choking. Another reason why the rattle was kept close to and worn by the mother. Today these wonderful rattles are collected and many a rattle collector considers them as pendants and part of their jewelry collection. The wearer has an instant conversation starter when wearing such a pendant. The whistle can help hail a taxi cab too!
The rattle is approximately five inches long and is marked with the Gorham Mfg. Co. logo, the number "73" and the word "STERLING". The rattle is a vintage item and as such has some minor wear and bumps, but it is in good vintage condition. This rattle is part of a small collection of rattles that we have available right now. There has been some questions as to if there is a fifth bell and not four. What you are seeing on the top of this rattle is a finial in the shape of an acorn(?), but it is a finial and not a fifth bell.
Sterling Silver Baby Rattle in the Form of a "Lollipop" with Rooster in a Cage, made by Gorham Mfg Co