Art Nouveau Silver Engraved Baby's Rattle - Huguenin Switzerland - image 1 of 7

This charming, silver, baby’s rattle was made by the Huguenin Brothers , watch case makers of Switzerland. It tests as 800-900 silver quality. Hughenin pieces are usually 875 quality. It dates to the Art Nouveau period.

In 1868, Fritz-Aimé Huguenin-Dezot (1845-1915), an engraver and designer, and his brother Zélim-Albert (1849-1928), an engraver and engine-turner, started a small workshop specialising in the decoration of watch-cases. They became famous for their silver watch-cases, and also began to produce commemorative medals. The company is still in existence today.

This wonderful piece measures 4” (10cms) long and 1 and 3/8” (3.5cmsacross the top centre. It weighs 19.4 grams.

The attractive shape and elegantly waisted handle is just right for a baby’s hand. The oval top is double sided with two delightful engraved images.

On one side is an image of toadstools with two little birds sheltering under the largest. On the other is a mother hen with her newly hatched chicks. The backgrounds are also delicately engraved. On each side is the signature ‘Huguenin’.

At the top are two holes – normal for silver pieces of this kind. There is also a lovely rattle !

There are a few, hardly noticeable tiny dings on the blank side edges. Otherwise it is in really fine antique condition. It will arrive in a gift box. What a great christening gift this would make – sure to become a family heirloom !

This rare and lovely piece will arrive in a gift box.

ITEM ID
2327
COLOR
Silver
STYLE
Art Nouveau
AGE
Early 20th Century
ITEM TYPE
Antique

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Art Nouveau Silver Engraved Baby's Rattle - Huguenin Switzerland

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