Alternative Name(s): Baby Rattle

Wooden rattle made in Maryland, USA, circa 1910s-1950s.

This object is part of the Dorothy Howard Collection, gathered by eminent US folklorist and scholar Dr Dorothy Howard, who visited Australia as a Fulbright fellow in 1954-55 to document and research the folklore of Australian children. The Collection primarily contains documents, photographs and objects from Australia and the United States. It is now contained with the Australian Children's Folklore Collection (ACFC), unique in Australia, documenting contemporary children's folklore across Australia and in other countries reaching back to the 1870s. The Collection has a strong component of research material relating to Victoria.

Physical Description

Wooden baby's rattle, hand carved from a single piece of linden wood. The wood is not varnished or stained. Rectangular in shape, with three hollow windows cut out from the wood. One carved wooden ball is encased in each of the three windows to form the rattle. The wood has a rough appearance.

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