Police siren, Portland, ca. 1820

Contributed by Maine Historical Society


This wood and iron policeman's rattle was used in the old Capen House, 267 Cumberland Avenue, Portland.

Policemen carried rattles, which were primarily communication devices, to summon help.

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  • Title: Police siren, Portland, ca. 1820
  • Creation Date: circa 1820
  • Subject Date: circa 1820
  • Location: Portland, Cumberland County, ME
  • Media: Wood, iron
  • Dimensions: 18 cm x 21 cm x 5 cm
  • Local Code: 450*
  • Object Type: Physical Object

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Maine Historical Society
485 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-1822 x230

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