John. M. Westwood * whistle maker b.1856 – d. 1886
His family (James Westwood His Dad) seems to have come from New York with his other brothers, all in the brass foundry business (His brothers in the trade James, Robert, Alexander & Andrews show up later some as Andrews were probably working with him).
John opened his own business in 1872 as Tinsmith and Gas Fitter at 73 Cumberland St. Calton, Glasgow .
Excerpt from 1973 Directory.Westwood made whistle which later became the model identified with S. Auld whistles.
A pause here for a round pea whistle Stamped ‘W’ on top, Which seems as it may well be one of Westwood’s earlier whistles. A Round Pea whistle Machined from one rode, with hand cut pea and a wooden fipple, It has no loop hole. ( Take a look at the top of the last one here stamped J Christie )
In about 1875 – 6 He formed the GLOBE BRASS FOUNDRY at 248 Gallowgate St. with Samuel Auld advertised as AULD & WESTWOOD the partnership dissolved May 77 and signed Oct. 77 after about two years of making whistles together .
Auld stayed at 240 Gallowgate, Andrew Westwood ( John’s Brother ) also stayed there for a while as a Brass Founder & Gas Fitter,
John Westwood continued on his own and in 1883 on 46 West-muir, Parkhead Glasgow. ( Home at 22 Gray Lane.)
Thus we learn that S. Auld started much earlier than previously thought.
And the whistles to come will be entwined in the article with some being in question as to who designed and made; Westwood / Auld & Westwood /or later by one of them .
Auld became a prominent name in the whistle making business and Hudson purchaced his tools & whistle stock c 1907 . Auld History was dealt with in the past but should be reviewed in the light of this new search.
Many more of the whistles he made are dew in another article and here there are just few examples. (We omitted many and did not use any of his Snail type whistles some seen in other posts here)
1872 – 73 Cumberland St. Calton, Glasgow.
1876 – ‘Globe Brass Foundry’ 248 Gallowgate w. Samuel Auld
Globe Brass Foundry Auld & Westwood 248 Gallowgate Glasgow
1883 – John Westwood is on 46 West-muir , Westmuir St Parkhead
and his Home is at 22 Gray’s Lane, Do.
In addition , James Westwood & A& R Westwood are listed as Brass founders :
1878 -9 James Westwood 6 Williamson St
westwood A & R & Co ( Alexander & Robert Westwood ) At 65 Lanark St
1893 -4 , 144 Whyte ST, James, Jack, Andrew, Allan, & James Westwood, as well as Mrs. Westwood is the home address.
Auld Samuel & Co. since 1875 first in partnership with John Westwood and from May 1877 on their own , General Brass Founders , Gas – Fitters , Bellhangers, and makers of the celebrated Police Calls, Military guards and pointmen’s whistles 248 Gallowgate.
An excerpt from 1878 Directory ( Prepared 1877 ) shows Auld is already well known for his Police & Railway Calls ( Note it is still not mentioned as whistles )
Most of the whistles made by him are Round Pea & Round Pea Pig Nose Whistles.
The Snail Type Whistles (Escargots) were to come years later at the late 1880s and 1990s.
“Glasgow Police Call” stamp on early Auld or Auld & Westwood .
Here I collected few stamps which appear on Round Pea Whistles by Auld or by Westwood. The reason for some as “Maker” and some with a Company name or a Retailer’s name is a matter for another short article.
This is in no way a complete chart there are few I had seen and are not here and few which are yet to be found.
Auld and Westwood Retailers , some stamped as “Makers” S Auld Maker Glasgow stamps on Round Pea J. McFarlane / J. Christie / McBride / Wm. Beech/
Plunkett / McN&W/ J. Reid Glasgow / Burley are some of the names showing on Stamps.
Here is an older Post from 2009 about Auld Round Pea whistles.
McN & W stamp McNaughton & Weston Glasgow c. late 1880s. By Auld or Westwood. 57 mm Round Pea Whistle.
1892 Adv. above show Auld at – 240 and 248 Gallowgate – Now it is Whistle manufacturers and contractors !
Note : Auld moves in 1895 from 248 Gallowgate to 396 Gallowgate then
1899 – 7 and 9 Wood Lane (went bankrupt there) .
Then South Portland St and Cowcaddence before selling up to Hudson
* Article is under construction.
I would like to thank Mr P. Owen for his kind help in doing this research.
Special thanks to the whistle collectors and enthusiasts ,
who shared few thousands photos and new info. In various related fields.
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And Happy New Year !
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