Scarce 19th c. Baby Rattle
A scarce 19th C. Native American baby rattle constructed of woven Ash splint with a delicate Ash bent wood curled and formed into two ring handles with a teething ring atop.
The interior, when formed, was filled with three small white colored stones to produce the rattle noise for the baby. Decorated with thinning pigment of black and red lines. Pleasing and strong in appearance with a strong oxidized surface. In very good overall condition with a very old break in the teething ring (not shown) and consistent with age and use.
An extremely endearing object for the advanced collector. Northeastern Algonquin, possibly Schaghticoke or Stockbridge origin. Ca.1875. 4 1/2" W.