Shrill noise used to call or alert made by blowing an instrument, or sound made through pursued lips
This is an image of a baby's rattle which can be found at the Museum of East Anglian Life, please see the stories so far below for more information.
Over the years I have owned several different whistles, the majority of which have been the plastic throw away kind that very often appear at Christmas after having been won during the pulling of a Christmas cracker. But the one I still own - and am most attached to - was given to me by a teacher at high school after I passed my examination to become a volleyball referee. As I was under 16 at the time, this was quite unusual and I thoroughly enjoyed the status it afforded. In recognition, I was given a standard metal pea whistle with which to use when officiating at games. I don't play volleyball any longer but the whistle sits in my drawer to this, awaiting my possible return and still ready to be blown.

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Posted by The Museum of East Anglian Life
This silver baby’s rattle, used by Edith Martin at Hemingstone Hall near Coddenham, Suffolk, was a popular design in Victorian and Edwardian times. Indeed, rattles of this type, with a whistle at one end and a piece of teething coral at the other, were in use in England from the beginning of the 18th century. Aside from being a teething device, the coral in the rattle was thought to ward off enchantment and disease! Rattles such as this were often made with precious metals and in elaborate designs. They were often given as lavish christening gifts.
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