Gas alert rattle, England, 1917

Made:
1917 in England

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Gas alert rattle, wood and metal, British, 1915-1918 CE

To give troops time to put on any protective clothing during gas attacks, this rattle would have been used to give a loud warning – although even this rattle’s noise may not have been heard over the noise of battle.

Gas warfare was first used by the German Army in 1915 – although quite quickly it became a weapon used by all sides. The gases varied in their effects, but ‘Mustard gas’, which caused blindness and burns to the skin, was particularly feared.

Details

Category:
Wellcome (general)
Object Number:
A652304
Materials:
complete, iron and oak (wood)
type:
rattle
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • sound device
  • idiophone
  • struck idiophone