Prospective purchasers are advised that several countries prohibit the importation of property containing materials from endangered species, including but not limited to coral, ivory and tortoiseshell. Accordingly, prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import this lot into another country.
SHAKE, RATTLE & ROLL
Although children's rattles were known in various materials from the dawn of history, it was only during the Renaissance that silver rattles first appeared and are often seen in portraits of 16th and 17th Century children worn on chains around the waist. Coral, ivory and mother-of-pearl were the most popular materials used for the "pacifier" or teether and the really wealthy families might have a gold rather than a silver rattle. The coral was thought to cool the child's aching gums and acted as a "dummy".