Rare Large Ship Mounted Civil War Period USN Battle Rattle
Rare Large Ship Mounted Civil War Period USN Battle Rattle – We have had several of the Civil War navy, hand-held battle rattles, used to send out the call for “All Hands on Deck” to the crew of naval ships. This larger, gunwale-mounted type is only the second one of its kind that we have encountered. Constructed of what appears to be oak, the rattle mechanism still retains its original blue green paint and works perfectly when the rotating crank handle is turned. One of the original brass mounting brackets still remains along the underside of the body of the rattle. Brass screws are evident along the underside, as well; brass was used as a metal less conducive to corrosion from salt water. Along one end of the upper side is stamped in the wooden body “Made by S. Peters / USN / 1860”. Rattle measures as follows: Length - 10.5”; Width - 3.5”.