Georgian Silver Bosuns Whistle

Date: 1810

Maker: Joseph Willmore

Country: England

Stock Number: 7956

Of nautical interest. A large size antique silver whistle with traditional curved design, scrolled wire work detail and engraved basket weave design. Complete with suspension ring. Weight 21 grams. Length 13 cms. Birmingham 1810. Maker Joseph Willmore.

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 navies.

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