There was a label taped onto the top of this whimsy rattle, which I found in Maine, identifying it as having been caved by Ed Parsons of Stonington--who I am pretty certain I have identified as Edward L. Parsons, born in in Rockport, MA in 1879 and buried in Stonington, Maine in 1948. I think it likely thathe carved it for a child or grandchild, and must say it's a pretty satisfying rattle to wave around! A nicely carved one too, with lovely long, thinly framed cage trapping one large ball, which will roll around but will also stay put at center should one desire to set it that way. Nice patina too.
8 3/4" l x 1 3/4" wide and deep and in very good condition. There are a couple pf tiny flea bites to one post of the cage, documented with magnification.