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Boatswain's whistle

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German silver. Consists of a small spherical receptacle with a circular opening at the top, thin curved pipe, reinforcing plate, and rib; a copper ring attach it to a cord. The pitch is indefinite, as it depends upon the strength of the blower.


Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

Credit Line

Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

19th century

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Length 11.3 cm, thickness 1.9 cm (Length 4 7/16 in., thickness 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Nickel silver


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Aerophones