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Whistle and Bells with Coral

A work made of silver and coral.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of silver and coral.

Date:

c. 1722

Artist:

Thomas Edwards
American, 1701–1755
Boston

About this artwork

This small toy was most likely given to its owner as a christening present. Coral was thought to have excellent protective powers against illness, and the coral stick was a perfect remedy for a teething child. In period portraits depicting children, a whistle and bells sometimes hang from a chain around the child’s waist. This toy may have been made for Jonathan Fayerweather, who was born in Boston in 1722.

Status

On View, Gallery 167

Department

Arts of the Americas

Artist

Thomas Edwards

Title

Whistle and Bells with Coral

Origin

Boston

Date

c. 1722

Medium

Silver and coral

Inscriptions

Engraved on mount under whistle: IF Engraved on mount under whistle: Fayerweather crest of a beaver with a fish in its mouth Maker's mark on mount near juncture with coral, in rectangle: TE

Dimensions

1.9 × 11.4 × 11.4 cm (3/4 × 4 1/2 × 4 1/2 in.); 51.2 g

Credit Line

Purchased with funds provided by the Antiquarian Society through Mrs. J. Odgen Armour

Reference Number

1943.1064

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