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2009-11-18
Seamonster
This golden rattle in the shape of a sea monster with whistle in his mouth and a faceted bite stick of yellow crystal was probably made in the first half of the 18th century in Spain. Marine animals, sea creatures and mermaids are well known shapes for rattles in Italy and Spain in the 18th century. Their popularity is also evident from many later copies. Marcia Hersey, author of "Collecting Baby Rattles and Teethers" describes in her book how she bought a fake copy of this type of rattle as a novice collector which turned out to date form the 1980's and made of a non-precious metal.

For the details of this rattle see Inv. nr. 0061. Compare also with Inv. nr. 0312.
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