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 .
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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
This Flat head bubble top on a distinct waste shaped stem on an escargot whistle was advertised during WWI By ARMY & NAVY STORE INC. N.Y. as ” THUNDERER ( PLATOON)” model. It was manufactured in France by a Paris Based company.
The right one is a rare bubble top with no stem escargot, stamped Frankfort U.S.A. it has a unique cut window design.
on the left a police Special , Both made early 1910’s -20s The same rare top apears on a small tappered beak london type by Frankfort U.S.A.
An entry was devoted not long ago to Winchester whistles and other American made bubble top
escargots with the unique construction using interlocking teeth or “flaps” .
Above a Those E.Wilson one and a Goldsmith’s pre numbered model.
Gotham Metal works. Brooklin , N.Y. U.S.A , the Famous boy scout escargot with a “tear drop” in logo late 1920’s. Gotham made other whistles as well.
Gotham Metal Works, 46 Walworth St. Brooklyn , N.Y Price at 1930’s was 35 Cent.
Gotham was the Major manufacturer of whistles for many sporting goods companies.
“Alpha Traffic C.D.R.-N.Y” C.D.REESE 57 WARREN ST. NEW YORK was one of the largest Police and Fire equipment supplier early 20th Cent. this whistle is 1910’s. Here is an excerpt from a catalog.
“TRAFFIC”, S.A. French, This is one of the rarest American whistles, in fact one known, it is especially well made, outstanding,
Ring Loops are usually seen on GSW’s and considered as a sign of cheaper quality ,
and are so many times but this one is an exception.
A London type escargot with a rod strenghening under beak + Four parts and top loop, the sides are thick, it is silver plated brass not nickel silver, has two fine upper and lower tooth grips and stamped under the beak, S. A. FRENCH N.Y .
S. A. French was a famous dealer for police supplies and his 1886 catalogue show many items and one BGI whistle, I would assume the one here was made in the 1880’s to 1905 and may had been made in europe but as of yet I had never seen a simmilar one . ( a few years after the article was published another one or two popped up )
“B & O R.R ” – BALTIMORE & OHIO Rail Road
A Rare sample of a Large size London style escargot stamped “Police Whistle U.S.A.”
The cheap quality of the stamp reminds the early B & R stamps on GSW’s.
B & R
Note the arched lower window side.B & R Cyclone P.R.R Railway whistle Pensilvania Rail way.
B& R were the largest U.S.A company making whistles since late 19th century , we know little
about the company ,
Many Models of B & R whistles are to be found with Various stamps , they made whistles up to late 1930’s or 40’s.
A Company named B & R M’F’G’ Co. excsisted in New York City making Tin Banks since the 1860’s.
But no other information was yet found.
1869 Dated B & R Dime Bank.
B & R famous model “Cyclone Police” , a sturdy whistle.
A Later B & R model stamped “Made in The U.S.A” , “Hump back top”
Cap top made similar to Hudson’s British Patent of 1924, using a groove in the cap to wire it to the body before soldering cap in place,
a classical method still used by Hudson today patent of 1924 .
The arched stamp “Made in U.S.A” was used on B & R. ‘s whistles.
Below a B & R with flat loop. NOTE THE FLAT LOOP CAP TOP
very practical and cheaper to produce. probably made since the early 1930’s after the Depression, no patent found yet.
many earlier American bubble top escargots showed up with a Hump back cap and later with a flat loop . The Flat loop was made by Gotham Metal work and by B & R.
“Regulation U.S Army Solid Brass” with a distinct typical American flat loop.
“OFFICIAL POLICE” with star logo and head lights ?
German escargots in the USA. “Traffic Police Signal” another article should deal with German and Japanese whistles made for the U.S.A Market.Cast metal with embossed stamp “SIGNAL POLICE” , Rare.
Two” TRYON, TRADE MARK” Whistles a Glasgow Type and a Smaller Tappered beak London Type.
Edward Tryon & Co. were a well established arms , Guns makers Their catalog of 1883 already shows whistles.
North Brothers Escargot. whistle, very rare.
North Bros. Manufacturing Company of Philadelphia, Stamped London type escargot whistle, Rare, one seen.
North Brothers Manufacturing Company begun its existence as a small business established by Selden G. North, a machinist, in 1878.
Ralph H.North joined 1880 and they run under the name North brothers.
A third brother, Frank H. North, joined the firm in 1886.
They operated as Brass foundry and a tinning and galvanizing buisness.
Located at at 23rd and Race Streets in Philadelphia,
1892 moved to larger quarters at Lehigh and American Streets .
In 1887 the company was incorporated with a name of North Brothers Manufacturing Company.
Horstmann, Philadelphia , Founded1816 – The history of the largest American Military equipment dealer of the 19th century – William H. Horstmann & Co. of Philadelphia.
Major maker and supplier of military equipment. Possibly pre 1893 ? Certainly Pre WWI.
Horstmann & Sons or Horstmann Borthers or W.H. Horstmann & sons. From 1893-1954 W.H. Horstmann Company. Horstmann also made GSW’s and swords with cast brass pea whistles
MacGregor, Goldsmith # 6 Tappered beak London style bubble top escargot. A nicely stamped whistle,
simmilar to the Goldsmith # 6.
Model # 1281
“CAMP FIRE GIRLS WO HE LO”
V.L. & A special Chicago
Townsend sporting Goods Co. OMAHA.
United States Navy, WWII.
” Military” , The Pea can reveal a lot to the experienced eye. this one has a very old large cork pea.
WWII Oval side stamp , this particular one was hand engraved by a soldier. Usually has one plain side.
Colsoff Manuf. Co.Huntley Rd Columbus Ohio 43229. Model No 300 1960’s.
This old style heavy guilded brass escargot whistle with a lion embossed and an extra ring in his mouth was made by an american artist named Pauline Rader .in the 1960’s .
To be cont.
Whistle museum, A Strauss Copyright © 2009