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Marked USN



PRESENTED is a U.S. Navy ship’s BATTLE RATTLE of Civil War vintage.
These rare noise makers duplicate the sound of the firing of numerous muskets, and were also used to sound a general


In the authoritative book by COL Robert Rankin, “Small Arms of the
Sea Services”, the author reports on page 8, “All hands were called to repel boarders by a sounding gong and by battle
rattles and verbal commands. Sounding the gong alone summoned pikemen only to repel boarders. The battle rattle was often
used to call back boarding parties. Navy regulations required that hand rattles be made of white oak “or some other similar

The marks, hand stamped on the frame on three lines, are: A.E. CO. over PAT 1865 over USN

           A.E.Co./PAT 1865/USN


The frame and handle of the rattle appears to be made from oak while the slat and cog may be ash. The parts
are held together by a screw and a carriage bolt. The frame of the rattle swings around the handle turning the ratchet
which snaps the slat producing a sharp, piercing rat-a-tat sound. This replicates the firing of numerous small arms in succession.



9 1/2″L x 3 1/2″ W x 1 3/8″ T
Add 5 1/4″ for handle  Weight

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