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Combined Rattle, Doll and Hornbook

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1965T4006
Collection:Social History - Pinto Collection
Date:1750 - 1875


This rare combination of a hornbook, doll and rattle dates from the late 18th or early 19th century. It is also unusual as the horn sheet is fixed to the doll by a leather frame, which means that the text can be changed, presumably as the child's knowledge increased. The text shown on this example is a later addition.

Purchased from Edward H Pinto, 1965.

Further Information

Production Period:18th century or 19th century
Medium:Carved. Turned. Painted. Contains dried peas which act as the rattle.
Material(s):Vegetable matter
Place of Origin:England


Height:26.1 cm
Width:7.4 cm
Depth:2.8 cm