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Detail of Hancock's baby rattle.

Detail of Hancock's baby rattle.

John Hancock's Baby Rattle
1778

Patriot's plaything--with all the bells and whistles
This silver-and-coral rattle once belonged to the family of Massachusetts patriot John Hancock, the man who rattled the British in Boston. Hancock--first signer of the U.S. Declaration of Independence--bought the rattle for his young son. It has a whistle at one end and six silver bells.

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John Hancock, born January 12, 1737, Braintree (now in Quincy), MA; died October 8, 1793, Quincy, MA
John George Washington Hancock (born 1778)
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