Child's whistle and bells with coral teether

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


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silver, coral

Not On View


Americas, Europe


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.


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


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


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