Bakelite Snail Shaped – Escargots Whistle Types with a Stamped Metal or Aluminum Plate Insert Side.

Bakelite Escargots with Metal side plate a comparative study, U.S.A made and England . A Strauss (At work to be cont.)
Bakelite escargots with a stamped metal plate insert to one side.
A.Strauss , Copyright © 2009. ( Under Reconstruction )

Bakelite* escargots with metal plate inserts at the side are all Glasgow type escargots made in
England and in the U.S.A ,
The side plate insert is applied to the right hand one side of the whistle
(N.S.Meyer N.Y is an exception, shows on the left side as well).

Used mainly by Sporting Goods & Arms companies as well as by British railway and Transportation companies, also by some police forces and colleges.

The big advantage of Bakelite made whistles was that in cold weather ( Sub zero) they would not get stuck to the lips or fingers as the metal ones. they were very sturdy when plastic was still of lesser strength than hard plastic types made later.

The metal inserts are of different designs which makes it possible to know where made.
The ones made in England are all made by J. Hudson & Co. , And are stamped Acmeoid. Made From 1926 to late 1940s , ( I had come across few rare ones that may had been made earlier).


*Stamped in 2 ways
1) Early stamps ;
Below window ” The Acme Thunderer” , and Hudson Monogram on the underside of the whistle “Beak” – mouthpiece.
2) later models ;
The Acme Thunderer made in England” and no monogram on the underside.
Note; All the whistles seen here are stamped the Acme Thunderer exept for the USA & Mexican made ones.

* Metal plates of few kinds but the circular ones with four pins have the pins pointing at north , east, south and west, or 12 O’clock 3, 6 and 9.

* Colors; Hudson made these in Black Brown Orange & white The last two colors are rare.

* The D & M one & the older Iver Johnson have a longer beak , about 3 mm longer similar to USA made ones and are not as wide, a different mold was used for these and it is certainly the earlier one, might even be earlier than 1926.

Because of way made the cup and the material   the whistles deviate by 1 mm up to 2 mm in measurements in same models. ( To be cont.)


* Smooth, no stamps on Bakelite .

* Size; American made ones are not as wide, But Longer.

* Do not have a circle pattern sunk, on the side opposite to the metal plate insert.

* A wider and thinner tooth grip on the lower lip.

* Color; Black or Brown.

* Metal plates are all of the circular with 4 pins pattern, inserted in a way that the pins show the hours of roughly 11 O’clock 1, 5 and 7 O’clock.

* Some have “Made in the U.S.A” stamped on the metal plate, (See Goldsmith # 12).

** Foot note
Barrel end is 28.50 mm and accurate on the USA samples I inspected.
L; is 61mm and varies by less than a mm.

In general The U.S.A. made ones seem to be much harder to find.

The metal plate inserts are all Aluminum or nickel silver.

iver-johnson-boston-sEarly Hudson’s Oval shape metal plate insert L; 60.81mm W; 22.55 mm Barrel Diameter,; 28.50 mm
This oval plate is the only one noted by the author. seems to be a very early one  pre 1926.


a1Above, Iver Johnson Later made by Hudson, L; 57;72 mm W; 23.09 mm Barrel Diameter ; 27.63 mm

D & M Sporting goods very rare, It is an Acme Thunderer of a larger size.


Montreal Police L 61 mm W; 22.65 mm B; 27.64 MM


The J Hudson monogram on the underside of the earlier bakelite whistles.
Acmeoid Co. England .

Reach two variations above and below Both made by Hudson.

Reach made by Hudson round plate with one pin and a strip below round plate,
the first the more common of the circular pattern.

Hudson round plate with four pins angled at 12 o’clock 3, 6 & 9 points, earlier date and scarcer.

Folsom made by Hudson.


P R R , pennsylvania Rail Road made in the U.S.A by an unidentified company. Round Aluminum Plate with four pins. Note, cap shape and the direction of pin pointing.


Two Spalding’s,  a U.S.A made one, Pre 1940

spalding-us-made-nickel-insertBelow a Hudson, Acme Thunderer. Made in Great Britain, Spalding changed hands in 40’s to a british owner ship.


A Trio of GOLDSMITH # 12, variations Rectangular metal plate with pins, American style insert 4 Pins at 7 11 1 and 5 o’clock points.
Goldsmith No. 12
a U.S.A made one and a circular plate Hudson made.
Goldsmith # 12 with round four pins plate.


 Rectangular plate with 4 pins at the plate’s corners, Acme Thunderer, made by Acme whistles,
These rectangular plates are mostly met with British railway whistles with initials and were issued to  British railway companies and transportation companies in different regions. B.R. (S) , B .R(N) etc.
lner-rectangular-plateLondon Passenger Transport Boars 19330- 1948
Keniwel Brand Rectangular Plate
Another Hudson’s plate variation , 3 Pins , The Acme Thunderer,
Lincoln Training college.


On the right a U.S. A made one, note longer beak and not so visible but a longer and thinner lower tooth grip.


Left Acme Thunderer, Right a U.S.A one, US made Do not have a circle pattern sunk, on the side opposite to the metal plate insert.


J Hudson & Co.Plastic made with Aluminum insert, Black Plastic , smaller size.
C .I. A Central inteligence Agency 1970’s, The Acme Thunderer Made in england .


Some Stamps on metal plates of Bakelite whistles

D & M Sporting goods
Iver Johnson
Goldsmith #12
N. S. Meyer Inc.
A. G. Spalding & Bros
Lowe & Campbell
Horace Partridge
Lincoln Training College

Stamps on U.S made whistles

Goldsmith #12

Acme Rectangular plates

BR (S) British railway southern region (and other regions)
LTE London Transport Execution
Goldsmith # 12
Keniwel Brand

In Mexico some guilded metal insert were made during the second half of the 20th century . L.A Traffic Police with two romantic Angels.


” see other entries for Bakelite since 1907.
** Cap is of a different shape curves inward, no hump, but this is to be found on some Hudson made ones as well.

whistle museum , A Strauss ( All rights reserved). Copyright © 2009 .
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