Long before modern fire alarms were introduced these rattles were used as a primitive alarm system. During the Victorian era, oil and kerosene lamps were the main source of light in a house and fires were quite common. Fire watchmen roamed the streets armed with these rattles. The watchmen simply held the rattle by its handle and with a rotating swing a loud clacking sound was created, which alerted communities of the danger. This would cause people to grab the old wood or leather buckets and head towards the fire, a "bucket brigade."
Measurements: 9 inches long x 7 1/2 inches tall
Victorian Wooden "Watchmen's Rattle" Fire Alarm