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Used in the trenches during WW1 to warn of a 'Gas Attack'.
Also a popular tool for football fans at games to rouse a noise.

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  • I have an exact version of the 1918 rattle in top condition. Used once ,the only time when my wife accompanied me to Charlton f.c.many years ago.She vowed never again.purchased at a boot fair in th70,s.has W.B.Ltd.1918 on the wooden handle Ron Robinson seaford
    .......... Ron robinson, Seaford, 2nd of February 2015

  • We have a similar rattle which is stamped R.C.D. 1944. A football supporter has painted it in yellow and red. It has the same shaped handle as the one you show on your site...... very interesting, thank you. The rattle was found in the North West of Birmingham.
    .......... John and Ann Shakespeare, Worcestershire, 27th of February 2012

  • These gas rattles were also used post WWI by O.T.C.'s to represent the sound of machine gun fire when on exercise.
    .......... ARTHUR COOK, Exmouth, 4th of June 2011

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