American whistles, Metal Escargot shape whistles, whistles in the U.S.A
Hello friends and collector and whistle enthusiasts
I will slowly bring some old articles that lost parts and pictures ( the original article had over 60 Photos )
and try and bring nw ones as well as time permits .
You are welcome to joine the Antique whistle group on Face book as well .
A.Strauss Copyright 2009 (Part 1, At work) * Since the article was written 2008 many new facts catalogs and whistles were found and some are still waiting to be discovered. Hopefully I will find time to update.
And find pictures that were lost.
American escargot whistles are a wide new subject
the internet is very much alive and flexible and
I work , study write and add pictures and notes at my own pace.
If you are a frequent visitor you may have noticed that I add,
change and improve old entries when ever I have time,
or when gaining new pictures or insights.
As much as I had tried to study the subject, there is still a lot more which I do not know,
since there is very little documentation of these.
Unlike british made escargots which can be identified with time and maker,
one finds that there is no information when it comes to American whistles and makers.
Since the subject is one of wide scope, implies hundreds of different samples and there are no prior studies to rely upon,
I will arrange and add information slowly as time permits.
Meanwhile I hope the visitors of this pages will enjoy the pictures.
I have used some found in the whistle museum picture archive
found on different web sites or sent to me by other collectors.
Of cource any additional information or questions are welcome.
* I will concentrate on “Bubble top” escargots , or spherical knop as some collectors call it,
[ An entry was devoted not long ago to Winchester whistles and other American made bubble top escargots with the unique construction with interlocking sides & teeth or “flaps’ ] ,
Deal with some other interesting variations, may be at another entry deal with others,.
In general U.S.A made whistles from 1900 to 1950 are mostly of the Glasgow type escargots either with Bubble top , or with Hump back cap, or Flat loop and have a simmilar size and construction.
A List of over 50 Body stamps found on U.S.A made Bubble top escargot whistles,
or whistles used in the U.S.A would be added .
There are many more stamps on other escargot types. Sporting Goods companies, Rail Road whistles, Military – Army whistles, Police, Arms companies and more.
German made whistles that were intended mostly for the U.S.A. market at the period of 1900 to 1930’s and are to be found only in the U.S.A deserve a special entry.
Other commonly used whistles were made by J.Hudson, “The acme Thunderer ” and other types, many of which were ordered by American companies and many carrying their logos. These would be treated in another entry since they differ from the common Hudson whistles only in Body stamps.
Some of the American Makers of these are ; B.G.I, Horstmann, B & R , Gotham metal works, Colsoff, Wilson, North Brothers and others, many makers are unidentified as of now.
Inspection of small details, can be very rewarding when trying to know more about these whistles , The cap, The Tooth grips, the window, the pea, the general construction, the tongue type, no tongue, the shape of the beak- mouthpiece, the size , color & patina,
Each one of these is important when studying whistles.
Unstamped American whistle