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 homes and fires were quite common. Fire watchmen roamed the streets armed with these rattles. They 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."
This particular rattle is both metal and wooden, and can stand on its own!
Measurements: 7 1/2 inches tall