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    Posted 4 years ago

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    Long time ago flea market find.

    It is big, 8 cm or 3.1/4" long!

    Undoubtedly ivory, you can see neat Schregers lines in top part.

    The 2 parts are very well fitted together by ivory carved screw.

    Wood ball inside for a very loud sound, rosewood in the mouthpiece.

    I don't know its use, seems very big for hunting...

    Now I use it sometimes to call hubby for meal, lol!

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    1. SEAN68 SEAN68, 4 years ago
    2. Signaholic Signaholic, 4 years ago
      I love your whistle and own many myself. My opinion is that it might be European railroad whistle, maybe from the 1940s. I'm no expert but based solely on the design and materials used.
    3. kyratango kyratango, 4 years ago
      Thanks Sean for your prompt comment and love!

      Signaholic, thank you for your suggestion!
      Not a whistle specialist either, but I doubt such precious materials would've been in use for railroad, it doesn't have an "administrative, reglementary" look :-)
    4. kyratango kyratango, 4 years ago
      Fantastic link to whistles:
    5. Gillian, 4 years ago
      Who knew whistles could be so decorous. Very cool, especially the silver things.
    6. NevadaBlades, 4 years ago
      Sorry, tango, can't help you solve your mystery, but I have an interesting story to relate about a whistle: When my wife and I got married in '75 and lived in our first apartment, in a 4-plex, a single mother and her teenage son lived above us. Every day, at precisely 7:00 in the evening, she'd blow a long and shrill tweet on a whistle and give a loud holler, "Roger, dinner time!" Her son, who'd be across the street in an empty lot (we never knew what he did there), would come running home in a flash, like a pet dog! We lived there for over a year and became trained ourselves to prepare our dinner every day at precisely 7:00 when we heard her blow that whistle! LOL. [;>)
    7. Signaholic Signaholic, 4 years ago
      A great many railroad whistle look very similar,to this one.
    8. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 4 years ago
      Love your story, NB, lol!!!

      kyratango, I read the article with interest, thank you for sharing it. Love this ivory whistle, do you suppose it was a railroad man's in South Africa back in the day? Or have I read too much Nadine Gordimer? ;) Great whistle, love it!
    9. kyratango kyratango, 4 years ago
      Gillian, thank you! Even utilitarian things can be very decorative :-)

      Nevadablades, I love your story! Thank you for sharing!

      Signaholic thanks, will look further :-)

      Katherine, now I will think it is part of a novel!
      Great imagination :-)

      Thanks Officialfuel and Designer for joining the lovers!
    10. IVAN49 IVAN49, 4 years ago
      It`s too sophisticated to have been used by any railroad or army personnel etc.They had robust metal whistles. It`s ladies whistle attached to chatelaine.My Dutch relative had one with her all the time to whistle for help if mugged. But other uses cannot be excluded; definitively not meant ho have an exclusive purpose. After a stressful day open the window and wake up the neighborhood.
    11. kyratango kyratango, 4 years ago
      Ivan, agree with you on a non "official" use, but I think it is far more too big for a chatelaine :-)
      Thank you very much for your input and love!
      Many thanks too to the 18 lovers :)
    12. kyratango kyratango, 4 years ago
      Awww, thank you Mudwoman for the wonderful comment and for telling you had one and miss it :-)
      I wasn't allowed to have a whistle when a child... too noisy, lol
    13. Whistlecollection Whistlecollection, 4 years ago
      Yes Its a two bone or ivory French made Whistle from the late 1800s or even early 1900s. I would have to guess it was a lady's accessory. Mine are a souvenir from different land marks pictured in the little windows ( yours might of had a stanhope window but alot were made like yours). So our whistles were meant for the well to do of the time I don't think they were used as police, railway, or military whistles mainly because there isnt any markings on the body of the whistle as they would have had.
    14. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 4 years ago
      Thanks so much for that information, Whistlecollection! :)

      Ivan, LOL! :))
    15. kyratango kyratango, 4 years ago
      Thank you Whistlecollection for giving your specialist opinion!
      Now I can imagine a giant woman directing her maids (and family!) with it ;-D
    16. Whistlecollection Whistlecollection, 4 years ago
      Haha mine are quite petit, if your is very large then yes it can also be for a male
    17. kyratango kyratango, 4 years ago
      Yes, large! 8 cm or 3.1/4" long :-)

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