The need for a baby to chew on something or to rattle to make a noise, was catered for many many years ago. Coral was believed to have great power and was used in nearly all teething rings and rattles. It was often combined with gold, silver or gilt objects which were mounted on. Dutch, French and German examples survive from the 17th
Century, but they were very rare in England
before 1750. During the 18th
centuries cast silver decoration was extremely popular as were bells to shake and whistles, which were all attached to the final piece. Coral was later replaced by mother of pearl or ivory.
Nowadays teething rings are often made from plastic or silver and have a variety of different silver objects attached. The Silver Rooms have teething rings with teddy rattles and hearts. These make perfect keepsakes. We are also able to offer rattles in varying shapes, all these make great Christening gifts and are something to keep and cherish.
You can find all our Sterling Silver rattles and teething rings in our Christening section of the website under the side heading novelties http://silverrooms.co.uk/silver-childs-gifts.aspx .
Please note that all our teething rings and rattles are keepsakes they are not toys.