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    Default WW1 1915 Officers Whistle

    Maker marked J Hudson and Co Birmingham, who were the official military supplier. Dated 1915 as per picture.

    If only it could talk......I wonder how many men this whistle sent over the top ?








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    One thing you ccan be guaranteed Sanity, is they don't make them like that anymore.

    I am intriguied as to what the clasp (first picture, further-most left part of whistle) is designed to attach to?
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    Do you know where it came from?

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    Quote Originally Posted by porkchops View Post
    One thing you ccan be guaranteed Sanity, is they don't make them like that anymore.

    I am intriguied as to what the clasp (first picture, further-most left part of whistle) is designed to attach to?

    It still has a small piece of broken leather lanyard on it.

    It probably should look like this, goes on to a button so you dont lose it. Remember how big uniform buttons were back then.



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    Quote Originally Posted by LeroyPatrol View Post
    Do you know where it came from?

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    British Commonwealth, more than likely British or Australian. Canadian ones I have seen seem to be different.

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    A good find there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sanity View Post
    British Commonwealth, more than likely British or Australian. Canadian ones I have seen seem to be different.
    do you know the person or region where is was found? It would be more intriging to know more info.

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    How much did you pay for it Sanity?

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    Quote Originally Posted by weirdo View Post
    How much did you pay for it Sanity?
    cmon buddy, what's with this bold shite? It's akin to capitals and shouting. I think you should tone it down a little or fact the wrath of Leroy lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeroyPatrol View Post
    cmon buddy, what's with this bold shite? It's akin to capitals and shouting. I think you should tone it down a little or fact the wrath of Leroy lol

    .....Leroy
    lol, big mistake, you should never have told me it bothered you
    And what would the fact of the wrath of Leroy be?
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    Quote Originally Posted by weirdo View Post
    lol, big mistake, you should never have told me it bothered you
    And what would the fact of the wrath of Leroy be?
    I'll think of something when I stop laughing

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeroyPatrol View Post
    do you know the person or region where is was found? It would be more intriging to know more info.

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    Documented history on items makes them extremely valuable. If I had that, I would have paid 10-20x more.

    I have since bought about 10 more whistles Including another 1915 the same as this one.
    I will post some up when I get them. I intend to collect 1914-1918 and 1939-1945. I have already purchased a few ARP whisles. They were used by Air Raid wardens during the blitz on London during WW2.

    Another damn collecting addiction. I reckon drinking and smoking was cheaper

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    Quote Originally Posted by weirdo View Post
    How much did you pay for it Sanity?

    Why are you yelling at me ? Beer4life2 ?


    A collector never tells

    But here is a link to an Australian military store which sells them for around the $325 mark.

    Interestingly, they claim to know who owned some. I wonder if they come with any documented proof or just hearsay. Hearsay has no value whatsoever.

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    OK, heres a bit of a preview of what else I have bought.

    Firstly, 2 x ARP whistles.

    ARP stands for Air Raid Precaution, in WW2 in england there were over a million ARP wardens mostly people with jobs who worked during the day and did ARP duty at night.

    It was their duty to make sure people had all their lights blocked out so enemy bombers couldnt target them. They also assisted during German Bomber attacks rescuing people killed and wounded, including their own ARP colleagues.

    This first one has the original chain and clip





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    The second one I bought is the same minus the chain. Further info on ARP here, well worth a read

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    Most of the whistles you will see are made by Joseph Hudson and Co. However, on October 26 1940 the Hudson factory in Birmingham was heavily damaged when a high explosive bomb froma German Bomber crashed through the roof and exploded in the basement. Although Hudson kept manufacturing through this time, it must have been at a reduced rate as the government also authorised Adie Bros to manufacture military whistles in 1940 and 1941 only.

    This is an Adie Bros 1940 whisle I purchased.



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    I also read an interesting story about the bombing. Apparently when the bomb hit whistles went everywhere and a young boy who was 12 decided to pilfer one. He later became a railway guard and worked at that job using the same whisle until he retired in the late 1980's. Upon retirement he went to the Hudson factory and returned the whistle dated 1940 to them as he thought it wouldnt be right if he kept it

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    This is another Hudson whistle dated 1915 that I just bought, it is exactly the same as the one in the original post. Except that I paid half what I paid for the first one
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    This is a Hudson 1943 WW2 model. Note the " crows foot " marking on it, which means it was military issue.



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    And one more Just a police whistle, got it cheap.



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    Have you tried blowing them all at once?

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    Why are you yelling at me ? Beer4life2 ?
    that's a compliment to me, that guy knows his shit

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    I am up to 13 so far with another 4 on the way.....

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