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Object Name Rattle
Description Hand-held rattle or clacker of wood with a ratcheted gear that makes a clicking sound when spun. Wooden peg construction, with metal nail reinforcements or repairs. Overall height including handle is 19.25 inches.
(Keyword: Firefighting Equipment, Watchman)

Acquisition Museum Purchase
Ownership and History Noisemakers of this type were used in the past in various places by police, fire, and military patrols in order to sound an alarm, and also might have been used to scare crows. This example was acquired from a Staten Island antique dealer in 1976, but its early history is not known.
Subjects Fire alarms
Watchmen
Fire fighting
Fire fighters
Lexicon Sub-category Sound Communication T&E
Catalog Number A23.0283
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, 2011.
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