Summary

Alternative Name(s): Baby Rattle

Rattle carved from a single piece of linden wood some time after 1900. Linden is the North American name for the genus Tilia, which comprises about 30 tree types throughout the temperate northern hemisphere. It is therefore likely to have been collected by American folklorist Dr Dorothy Howard, who contributed significantly to Museum Victoria's collection after her visit to Australia as a Fulbright scholar in 1954-55, during which she extensively studied Australian children's play.

The Dorothy Howard Collection is a sub-collection of the Australian Children's Folklore Collection. The ACFC is 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

Baby's rattle 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, graduating from the largest at the base and the smallest at the top. A carved wooden ball is within each window. The top window is damaged and the ball is missing. Three oval shaped links are attached to the top of the rattle. The top one has a round ball shaped into it. The surface edges of the rattle are decorated with scallops. The base is shaped to form four legs, one unfinished.

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