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    Posted 4 years ago

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    Im not sure who made this whistle. The pic shows the whistle at different angles. The mouth piece and top(one piece loop and cap) are made of a heavy lead type pewter material probably Britannia metal and the body is made of brass. Maker? Country of origin? Toy? Police?

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    1. Signaholic Signaholic, 4 years ago
      Don't know but as a Whistle collector myself, it's a nice one.
    2. Whistlecollection Whistlecollection, 4 years ago
      I have been told recently that it is very similar to German made whistles that were supplied to America between the 1910 to 1930s
    3. Whistlecollection Whistlecollection, 4 years ago
      And thank you i find this one nice and interesting also. To be precise i was told its very similar to whistles stamped Municipal police but i find this one interesting because it is still that little bit different and has no markings.
    4. UncleRon UncleRon, 4 years ago
      This DESIGN of whistle, referred to as the Metropolitan Police Whistle, was invented by Joseph Hudson of Birmingham, England in 1883 in response to an advertisement by the British police for a signaling device to replace the cumbersome policeman’s rattle then used to attract attention of other officers and/or the general public in response to a need for assistance or as a warning. Hudson’s version had two chambers (yours appears to have only one) and produced the characteristic dissonant sound of the “English Bobbie’s whistle” familiar today. Hudson later went on to form the largest whistle-producing company in the world, still in existence, which produces dozens of different whistles including the Acme Thunderer. Some Hudson whistles were unmarked; most were made of brass.
      It is possible that your whistle was, or was intended to be (and wandered away from the factory), silver- or nickel-plated.
      Interesting fact: In 1905 Alfred De Courcy, also of England, the second largest producer of whistles and since bought out by Hudson, patented (#9499) a whistle of this design which incorporates a folding knife blade between the chambers.
      Another interesting fact: In response to the deafening crowds at national-level sporting events, there is a new design for referee's whistles which has been adopted all over the world. It is specifically designed to produce a shriek that can be heard above the din.
    5. Whistlecollection Whistlecollection, 4 years ago
      I dont think, eventhough very similar, this one is made by hudson it sounds like a police whistle and i think it was inspired by the Hudson police whistle, it does have the two windows. Another reason is that i dont think Hudson used Britannia metal for mouth pieces and tops (one cast loop and caps) here is a link to a pic of J.Hudsons 1884 first issue Metropolitan Police whistle:
    6. Whistlecollection Whistlecollection, 4 years ago
      The top one cast loop and cap is unfarmiliar, J.Hudsons loop was thin and concave. This ones loop angles in and curves to the top of the loop.
    7. Whistlecollection Whistlecollection, 4 years ago
      UncleRon if you have a look at my other whistles you with find an 1905 Alfred De Courcy folding knife :)
    8. UncleRon UncleRon, 4 years ago
      Fascinating collection! My De Courcy knife-whistle (I am a folding-knife collector with a penchant for "gadget" knives) has the blade hinged at the opposite (loop) end. I have only seen two others and they were both made in the same way as mine. It has the Acme City markings and almost 100% of its plating left.
    9. Whistlecollection Whistlecollection, 4 years ago
      Very nice I think the whistle with no loop where the knife hinges, is the later J.Hudson whistle (probably 1930s). Your welcome to message me on my Facebook Page and send pics there and i can go through my whistle books for better identification. My De Courcy knife-whistle is the actual one on the cover of a book called 'Whistles'.
    10. whistlegallery whistlegallery, 4 years ago
      the top and mouthpiece is probably LEAD. Definitely German made, I have 7 models in the reference collection. There are two knife gadget whistles besides Regents.
      Interestingly it was Edgar DeCourcy, not Alfred who actually patented it at first, later it went to Hudson. One type hinges at the mouthpiece, the other hinges at the top knop or ring part...

      Thomas Yates might have something to say about who was second in production !!!!!

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