A bauble was originally a stick with a weight attached, used in weighing a child's toy, but especially the mock symbol of office carried by a court jester. This fool's bauble was a baton terminating in a figure of Folly with cap and bells, and sometimes having a bladder fastened to the other end. Subsequently it became a term for anything trivial or childishly folly.
More recently the term means a virtually worthless decorative object.
A Marotte is a prop stick or scepter with a carved head on it. The word is borrowed from the French, where it signifies either a fool's (literal) bauble, or a fad/craze.
Typically carried by a jester or harlequin, the miniature head will often reflect the costume of the jester who carries it. Modern marottes typically have music boxes or other machinery built into the head. Older marottes may utilize swivel heads with bells. In the children's TV series Rentaghost, the stick was referred to as a "Tiny Timothy". In Verdi's opera Rigoletto, the singer of the title-role - who is a jester - carries a marotte, which often has on it the faces of comedy and tragedy