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    Posted 2 years ago

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    Can anyone tell me anything about this brass (military?) whistle?
    Year it was made, and when it was primarily used?

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    1. Deborahann, 2 years ago
      There are no markings on it.
    2. Colonel-Corncob Colonel-Corncob, 2 years ago
      This whistle is almost identical to my Horstmann Philadelphia World War 1 officer's whistle, which is also an escargot (i.e. snail shaped) whistle; however, there are some differences in the design of the ring where the chain is attached, as well as the amount of curvature at the end of the whistle that you blow through. I would assume that since there are no markings, the whistle was heavily used. This whistle could've been used for a variety of things, but a lot of military and police whistles were shaped like this back in the day, so that's what I'd assume it was used for. As for a date, there's a pretty wide range, from 1880 (when escargot whistles were first created) to 1950 when plastic whistle mouthpieces made their debut. Your whistle, however, doesn't look similar to any early models around the 1880's, but looks very similar to the whistles made from around World War 1 to World War 2. I found a link to a whistle picture on Insta Stalker that has a similar chain ring and shape to your whistle, so here's the link for you to look at.
      I hope this helps!

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