Rattle, used by Edinburgh Fire-fighters

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Postcard of Rattle, used by Edinburgh Fire-fighters.
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Rattle, used by Edinburgh Fire-fighters

This wooden fire rattle was used as an alarm in early-19th-century Edinburgh. It was swung around to produce a loud 'clacking' sound.

Spring-rattle of wood, used as a fire alarm in Edinburgh about the beginning of the 19th century

Edinburgh had fire-fighters since at least 1702, but only after a disastrous fire in the High Street, in 1824, was a more effective fire brigade set up.

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Online ID: 000-100-002-080-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.VO 19
Date: Early 19th century
Material: Wood
Dimensions: 270 mm x 260 mm
What: Rattle, spring
Subject: Firemarks (NMAS Classification)
Who: David Laing (?)
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
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