Silver Boatswain's Whistle, 1875 Bosun Call
Boatswain's Whistle - Engraved - Birmingham 1875 by George Unite - 11.2cm long; 18g - TQ/1586
This is a great example of a mid-Victorian silver bosun's call (or boatswain whistle) made by the Birmingham silversmith, George Unite.
It is attractively engraved to both sides of the keel and the buoy is stamped with the fouled anchor mark of the Royal Navy, plus there is a retainer ring for hanging from a chain. The whistle is in fine condition and blows well!
Boatswain calls were used to pass messages around navy ships and because of their high pitch were particularly effective during storms or battles. They were also used to pipe flag ranking officers or important guests aboard ship