Antique Silver Baby Rattle


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Object Description

A novelty silver child’s rattle in the form of the popular Victorian puppet character Mr Punch. Complete with four bells, a bakalite teether ring and a real mother of pearl handle. Super large size.

Length 20 cms.
Birmingham 1913.
Maker Crisford & Norris
Sterling silver

Marks. Fully stamped with English silver hallmarks which are clear and easy to read. There is also a registration mark and next to it, another mark which is indistinct.

Object Literature

Literature. Often associated with traditional British seaside culture, Punch and Judy is a popular puppet show featuring Pulcinella (Mr. Punch) and his wife, Judy. The various episodes of Punch and Judy are performed in the spirit of outrageous comedy — often provoking shocked laughter — and are dominated by the anarchic clowning of Mr. Punch. The Punch and Judy theme was popularly represented in Victorian novelty silver, often condiments and jugs, and these have become highly prized collectors items.

Object Condition

This pretty baby’s rattle is in very good condition with no damage or restoration. The silver bells are complete and matching. The mother of pearl handle has a lovely shiny finish.

Object Details

Dealer Opening Times

By appointment only.

Dealer Contact

+44 (0)207 288 1939
+44 (0)7904 297419

Dealer Location

Vault 31-32
The London Silver Vaults
53-64 Chancery Lane
London WC2A 1QS

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