Child's Whistle and Bells

about 1750
Philip Syng Jr. (Ameican (born in Ireland), 1703–1789)


Object Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

Dimensions

Legacy dimension: L. silver 3 1/2" overall 6"

Accession Number

64.516

Medium or Technique

Silver, mother-of-pearl

On View

Regional Styles in Middle Colonies Gallery (Gallery 134)

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver

With mother of pearl teether. Hexagonal silver stem, slight molding at ends, broad knop on which 3 bells hang from rings, 3 scroll brackets for bells on stem below. mark PS on mouthpiece, ring below, slightly shaped whistle hole; engraved IH (James Hutton) below.


This toy provided playful noises, and the smooth, mother-of-pearl served as a calming teether for a wealthy family’s child.

Inscription

IH (James Hutton) engraved below the whistle hole.

Markings

PS (on mouthpiece)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds by exchange from a Bequest of Samuel A. Green