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Smaller Victorian Wooden "Watchmen's Rattle" Fire Alarm
Long before modern fire alarms were introduced, watchmen's 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. Watchmen roamed the streets armed with these rattles. When they caught sight of a flame, 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: 7 1/2 inches long x 6 1/4 inches tall
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