Rattle, Police

A wooden police rattle with an arched frame with two thin wooden slats attached to frame by four screws. The turned handle tapers at either end with a single groove around the middle. It has two off-set wooden cogs attached to the handle. There is a small turned knob on the top edge. A note attached to handle has the following typed text on it " Nightwatchman's rattle used before police were known. " The rattle is covered with old borer holes.
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This rattle is part of the Hemingway Collection. For more information see Scavenging and Skulduggery: The Hemingway Collection in Moffat, A. Flashback: Tales and Treasures of Taranaki. Wellington, Huia, 2012, pp.27-32 . http://www.pukeariki.com/Heritage/Flashback.aspx 
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