Child's whistle and bells with coral teether

about 1825
Lea & Co. (English, 1814–1816)


Dimensions

4.8 x 13 cm (1 7/8 x 5 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

RES.65.35

Medium or Technique

Silver, coral

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Europe

Classifications

Silver hollowware

A silver whistle is joined to a broader circular mid-section decorated with an applied band stamped with acorns and oak leaves. Below the pendent silver bells that ring the mid-section, an applied snake circles the silver shaft which holds the coral “gumstick.” Four of the eight original bells are missing and the whistle is slightly dented with teeth marks.

Inscription

"AP" above " MAPR" on the top of the whistle and "John Amory Codman" on the opposite side.

Markings

Stamped "L & C" in a rectangle on the back of the whistle.

Provenance

The whistle and bells may have been purchased by Anstiss Pickman (1793-1856) for her daughter Mary Anna Pickman Rogers (1816-1852), whose initials were inscribed beneath her mother's. Since Mary Anna did not marry, the whistle descended to Martha Pickman Rogers Codman (1827-1905) who had her son's name, John Amory Codman (1851-1876), inscribed on the back of the whistle. John's sister, Martha Catharine Codman (Mrs. Maxim Karolik) donated the whistle to the museum. The whistle came to the museum in a yellow box with a note written on top "Coral and bells given my Aunt Mary Ann Pickman Rogers when she was a baby-[signed] M.C. Codman.

Credit Line

Bequest of Maxim Karolik