Civil War Period "Battle Rattles". Nice collection...Click the image to load the highest resolution version.
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DescriptionCivil War Period "Battle Rattles". Nice collection of four Battle Rattles, They measure 8" to 11" in length, and in fine condition. Often used aboard ships and, in some cases, in camp to sound "general quarters". Turning the handle activates a toothed gear that clicks against a flexible piece of wood creating a loud alarm. Great examples of this Civil War military-associated oddity.
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