Antique Silver Baby Rattle


Stock: 9971

Date: 1866

Maker: William Summers

Country: England

An excellent quality antique sterling silver child's rattle complete with whistle and real pink coral teether. Lovely bright gilt finish....

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An excellent quality antique sterling silver child’s rattle complete with whistle and real pink coral teether. Lovely bright gilt finish. There are 6 silver bells attached. The engraved decoration is very pretty.

Weight 69 grams, 2 troy ounces (including coral).
Length 15cm.
London 1866.
Maker William Summers.

Marks. Stamped with a full set of clear English silver hallmarks on the collar.

Literature. Baby Gifts have been popular throughout the centuries such as the intricate Dutch layette baskets used to hold baby christening clothes which date back to the mid 1600’s. In England silver articles such as small mugs, single spoons, napkin rings, photo frames and baby rattles are always well favoured.


This pretty baby's rattle is in very good condition. The gilt is bright with no wear. The silver bells are complete and matching.

Maker Information

Maker: William Summers

William Summers, London silversmith, free by patrimony 1826 as goldsmith and jeweller. 1st mark entered as goldworker 1826. 2nd mark as smallworker, in partnership with Edward Rawlings, 1829. Six new marks 1840. Livery 1850. Grimwade describes Summers as a maker of good quality snuff boxes, wine labels and other small items. His four sons William, Edward, James Lea and Henry were all free by patrimony between 1858 and 1866.

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