A bosun or boatswain ranks as the top position or petty officer on the deck of a boat. Long ago, whistles were part and parcel of their daily life.
Often, particular in England, you see antique silver ones sometimes quite ornate and massive. Rarely do they come in gold as this one in 15k.
Ideal as a pendant or charm, it is a working whistle with a high pitched tone when blown. Curved and barrel shaped at the end, several surfaces are intricately hand engraved. The ends of each barrel hold the image of an anchor and entwined rope.
A hole beneath allows the whistler to cover and uncover it for a change in pitch. Some of our favorite commands that would have been signaled to the crew are the "pipe down" for the crew to be dismissed and not to watch and one of the most often familiar, "all hands on deck".
This solid gold Edwardian bosun's whistle can be added to your collection of charms and jewelry curiosities.