Charles Parker 1800 -1852 was a maker of professional whistles in the first half of the 19th Century in Birmingham. He was known as Charles Parker Junior and the son of Charles Parker who was in the same business as Button Maker, Brass Founder and Military Ornament Maker.
Although he died early in 1852 he had a great impact . As inventor he may well had been the first to design the First Beaufort whistle with the common STANDARD design in the late 1840s, and the Wedge diaphragm.
See Photos of 3 Standard Beaufort shaped (Two Notes Conical Whistles) with
Parker’s name stamp variations. (Along Body Parker , Parker Facing top & Parker & Dowler.
His connection to William Dowler (Later & Sons ) In the early 1850s is a fascinating find and led me to observe William Dowler was the first to supply Police & Constabulary whistles stamped with a force name , first Beaufort types and later Two Notes Tube (TNT) whistles known as General Service Whistles, GSW.
(some through agents ).
The history of this newly discovered maker is entwined with the history of few companies mostly The Merry family & Dowler ( Footnote)*
The 42 Cherry St. Birmingham can be used as a center point to tell some of what I had found up to now.
Birmingham , Cherry St. view 1880s
The address of 42 Cherry St. (# 40 & 41 were used by the Merry family as well in various years) served as a Brass foundry and all manufacturers mentioned were Button & Military Ornament Makers, beside other goods. Here are the various companies occupying The address as mentioned by various sources in Chronological order : Continue reading Charles Parker, A Birmingham Whistle Maker History and News about Dowler & Sons A.Strauss