Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Silver, Room 65, The Whiteley Galleries


ca. 1750 (made)
Place of origin

Rattle in silver and coral

Object details

Object type
Materials and techniques
Silver and coral
Physical description
Rattle in silver and coral
  • From silver tip to coral tip length: 15cm
Gallery label
4. CHILD'S RATTLE WITH TEETHING-STICK No hallmarks (London), around 1750 Illegible mark struck on mouthpiece Engraved initials GA and DM In 1706 the Countess of Lauderdale bought 'a silver gumstick with bells and a piece of fine coral' for £1 8s. Coral was cool against a child's gum when teething and acted as an amulet to ward away evil spirits. M.18-1996
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Record createdJanuary 10, 2003
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