Victorian Wooden "Watchmen's Rattle" Fire AlarmVictorian Wooden "Watchmen's Rattle" Fire AlarmVictorian Wooden "Watchmen's Rattle" Fire AlarmVictorian Wooden "Watchmen's Rattle" Fire AlarmVictorian Wooden "Watchmen's Rattle" Fire Alarm

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

ITEM ID
M1563
ITEM TYPE
Antique

Victorian Wooden "Watchmen's Rattle" Fire Alarm

$295

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