Antique Silver Whistle
Date: Circa 1850
Of nautical interest and highly collectible. An antique silver bosuns whistle of traditional curved design with a hand engraved wriggle...
Of nautical interest and highly collectible. An antique silver bosuns whistle of traditional curved design with a hand engraved wriggle work design. Complete with suspension ring.
Weight 13 grams.
English, circa 1850.
Marks. Stamped with 2 indistinct marks which could possibly be a crown (Sheffield?) and a date letter.
Literature. The bosun (or bo’sun or boson) whistle derives its name from ‘boatswain’, a warrant officer on a warship, or a petty officer on a merchant vessel, in charge of rigging, anchors, cables, etc. Historically it was used to pass commands to the crew as its high pitch could be heard over the activities of the crew and bad weather. In present days it is used in traditional bugle calls announcing certain events and ceremonies in modern navys.
In very good condition. Shows moderate signs of age commensurate with age.
No maker assigned
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