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Antique British Bosun's Pipe Mid 19th Century
Antique British Bosun's Pipe or Call
Mid 19th Century
 
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Obverse and Versa sides of Antique British Bosun;s Pipe image
 
 

PRICE $475.00 plus shipping to 48 contiguous States $20.00

 
Presented is an unmarked, mid 19th Century British Bosun's "Pipe" or "Call" which is frequently referred to as a Boatswain's whistle by the uninitiated. It is larger than what is found in use today by 1" in length and 1/8" in width which helps identify its age. It has the British Royal crown over an old fashioned anchor on the cheeks of both sides of the barrel shaped buoy. The gun has three bands of four strands not counting the three bands at the mouth. Both sides of the keel have a geometric pattern of swirls and curls, but there is no maker's name or mark. 
 
Listen to its sound calling All Hands click here.  
Sound courtesy of Bayer Engineering.
 
SIZE:  Size  5 1/2" x 3/4" W at the bowl     Depth at the keel 3/4"    Weight 22 grams 
Picture shows the bottom and top of this pipe.
Top and bottom of British antique bosun's pipe image

BOATSWAIN'S CALL OR PIPE:
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A boatswain's call is a pipe used on naval ships by a boatswain. It is also spelled "bosun's call". It is never called a "whistle" except by landlubbers (added).

The pipe consists of a narrow tube (the gun) which directs air over a metal sphere (the buoy) with a hole in the top. The player opens and closes the hand over the hole to change the pitch. The rest of the pipe consists of a keel, a flat piece of metal beneath the gun that holds the call together, and the shackle, a keyring that connects a long silver or brass chain that sits around the collar, when in ceremonial uniform.

History and usage

Historically the boatswain's call was used to pass commands to the crew when the voice could not be heard over the sounds of the sea. Because of its high pitch, it could be heard over the activities of the crew and bad weather. It is now used in traditional bugle calls such as Evening Colors/Sunset, and in other ceremonies in most modern navies. It is sometimes accompanied by other auditive features such as ruffles and flourishes, voice commands and announcements, or even a gun salute.

PROVENANCE: it is from the estate of an executive of Monsanto Chemical Co. who lived in England for 5 years, in the 1960's. He and his wife collected some very interesting things such as a 3 inch Dr. Halley Globe and a very old silver equinoctial. 

COMPARISON; THIS ANTIQUE TO A PIPE STILL BEING USED IN ENGLAND: The length of this relic, which likely dates back to the 1840's, is 5 1/2" compared to 4 1/2" for British one. Its width at the widest point at the buoy is 3/4" compared to 5/8". These are major differences in size. 

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An unquestionably remarkable instrument in superior condition.

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