Police Button Whistles from the Victorian area. A.Strauss
The next police whistles include the majority of known Police Button whistles which were found, some are not included either because of poor condition or since I did not keep Pictures of. Now as I start to carefully compare button whistle construction and button makers I am making progress in identifying makers, after years of research soon to be more.
Bradford City Police Button whistles
A Double Chamber Button Escargot whistle, these were earlier ones probably made in the 1870s
A view of the two chambers, at times only one chamber had a pea.
Birmingham City Police Button whistle with a bubble top as shown in the 1904
J.R. Gaunt & Son catalogue.
Birmingham Police pre 1886, this pattern with an original copper ring
for loop appears on few simmilar Buttun whistles.
Durham County Constabulary -whistl
Coatbridge Burgh police button whistle
Staffordshire Constabulary Button Police whistle
Staffordshire police escargot – snail type whistle by J. Hudson, Acme whistles
the 1891 Patent design with added buttons, These were made for about 40 years from mid. 1890s to mid 1930s. They show in the 1909 catalogue and in the early 1930s catalogue.
There are few variations, all made of Nickel Silver, ( A Humpback top variation is an exception).
Snail shaped whistles made of German silver- Nickel Silver were usually made for the army and not for police, this is also true for TNTW.
A pair of Newcastle Police Button whistles, note the variation in the under-strengthening construction, The left one was made by Firmin, London
and the right one by W. Dowler & Son.
Wilts Constabulary Police Button whistle, made by the same maker who made the Birmingham Police one.
Here is another well cleaned one by the same maker.
Carmarthenshire constabulary Button whistle, It seems to be the only one from
the south of England.
Glasgow police whistle with the Moto “Let Glasgow Flourish” made by
David Black, Black & Co. c 1880s.
Other Police Button whistles encountered with and not included: Denbighshire Constabulary, Hertfordshire Police and very few more.
To Be updated & continued
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