Child's Whistle and Bells
Philip Syng Jr. (Ameican (born in Ireland), 1703–1789)
Object Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
Legacy dimension: L. silver 3 1/2" overall 6"
Medium or Technique
Regional Styles in Middle Colonies Gallery (Gallery 134)
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.
IH (James Hutton) engraved below the whistle hole.
PS (on mouthpiece)
Museum purchase with funds by exchange from a Bequest of Samuel A. Green