18th Century Babies’ Rattles

  • Met 33.120.361, rattle with whistle and bells, made by Richard van Dyck, New York City, c. 1740-1750
  • Christie’s Lot 54 / Sale 5984, a silver rattle and whistle, probably mid-18th century
  • Glenbow S.62.35.1
  • V&A M.18-1996, silver and coral rattle, England, c. 1750
  • Met 47.70, rattle with whistle and bells made by Nicholas Roosevelt, America, c. 1755-1768; “This rare and precious gold toy, with its elaborate chased and repoussé ornament, might have been given as a lavish christening gift. It consists of a whistle, a piece of teething coral, six of the original eight bells, and a loop to hang a toy on a ribbon around the child’s neck. Aside from being a teething device, the coral in the whistle and bells was thought to ward off enchantment and disease.”
  • PMA 1970-81-1, made by John Leacock in Philadelphia, c. 1756-1760
  • MFA 38.1284, Netherlands (?)
  • Rattle at the Musée Hyacinthe Rigaud
  • Palais des Beaux-Arts A.1203
  • Palais des Beaux-Arts A.1912
  • MFA 38.1321, France
  • MFA 38.1322, England, c. 1800
  • Christie’s Lot 382 / Sale 1689, a group of silver-mounted baby rattles from the 18th and 19th centuries, variously inset with red or white coral stems, with whistle and bell attachments

Depictions of babies and their rattles