G.P.O – General Post Office Whistles Time Line in England.

By A. Strauss
Dating G.P.O Whistles.

The History of the General Post Office in Great Britain is well documented,
I shall concentrate on British Whistles used with the GPO and bring NEWS and New information and findings as to whistle’s dates and makers, previously not published,
(It is underconstruction, and an on going research ! )

I shall start with late Victorian times first, then mid Victorian.
and continue to Post Victorian and up to WWII and later up to the 1980s when they stopped the use of whistles.

The first whistles produced by J. Hudson and Co. for the General Post Office.
(Two known examples)
The E stands for East District in London and Number 27 was probably assigned to a specific Postman. The whistle is dated Late 1880s Early to mid 1890s at the latest.
And the stamp address is 131 Barr St. (No space after number means post 1888)
This early GPO whistle is extreemly rare and two numbered 131 Barr St.
are known so far. It was made 1888 – 1895 *
(Albeit it was previously thought 131 Barr St. was 1885-1888 Hudson kept using 131 Barr st. address stamp after1888 as I wrote in dating Hudson whistles in another previous article here)
Note the J.Hudson & Co. is curved and the address is under the window.
The other known one is stamped S.E 8 South East District in New Cross, London G.P.O Whistle, with the address of 131 Barr St c 1890.
(No space between the 131 and Barr st. is Post 1888)

As of writing only 2 Known Hudson & Co. GPO whistles are known ,
and as a rulle of thumb G.P.O Numbered whistles are rare;
1 Digit one known 2 Digits 1 known pre 1895 and one 2 Digits from 1902 Order
3 digits (a later 1914 series) very few known.
All these are very rare, and I am sure more may surface in the future,
Hopefully of other London Districts.
Others are 4 didits numbered in the series of 1000, 2000, 4000.
Ordered in 1915 suppleid 191are all scarce.

Next we see 1888-1901 whistles,

The Metropolitan stamp Patent and J. Hudson & Co.
stamps are curved – arched.
The address has a DOT after 13 so 13. Barr St.

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Early British English Bronze Round Pea whistle.

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Metal Detecting bronze whistle found in a field in the vicinity of a village called Chisworth on the Derbyshire Cheshire border. Found in the same field are other finds;
two musket balls, (Larger one is metal smaller seems to be made of stone),
a very old possibly mediaeval lead plumb Bob, the small circular item is an old pocket fob watch winder, a .303 bullet tip, and two King George V half pennies

Important English metal detecting whistle find 2022.

The whistle is made of two parts, Body and Fipple, the fipple is cast metal made with amazing prescision and inserted into body, The body was turned on a lathe, 3 ornamental rings on body (later known as crimp rings used on cartriges probabably 1850s 1860s onward)
The whistle has a SEED PEA, Hollow seed which lost a small part.
The whistle is extreemly loud ear piercing sound level of about 120 Db.
It is not a Hawking whistle.
Date is estimated to be late 18th century to early 1800s.
The small depression, (nook, cranny, niche,socket) in the top shows was it was held by a pin to the lathe ,

Side View shows early Sheffield fipple.

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Jewish Silver Pocket Whistle for Purim.

Antique Judaica (Yodaica) Silver Whistle for ‘Purim

A Russian Silver Pocket escargot – snail shaped whistle.
It has Russian made 1880s to early 1900 , silver hallmarks of 84 silver.
It has etchings and stamps on four sides.
I was made by a Jewish Silversmith and it is a religious article.
The Purim fest is corresponding to the Haloween in christian culture.
Traditionaly costumes and noisemakers as Rattles and whistles
are used on this holiday.

On the front of the beak facing window it reads:
Purim in Hebrew letters – פורים

Two Fish represent the ancient sign of Pisces in the Zodiac
Month of Adar – אדר etched on the other side.

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Stevens & Sons LB&SCR London Brighton & south Coast Railway Whistle with machined Screw Mouth Piece.

For more detailed information see long 4 parts detailed article
about Stevens & Sons.

London Brighton & South Coast Railway (LB&SCR)
Since 1846
Whistle with screw machined mouthpiece.
Made by Stevens & Sons.

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Jewish Police, Ghetto Warsaw, WWII Ordenung Polizie,Escargot Pocket Whistle, משרוקית של ‘שרות הסדר היהודי’

( Under construction)

This Historically important Jewish Police Pocket Whistle* found lately, lead to much research which sheds light on a dark period in Poland during world world II and Nazi regime in Warsaw.
I will quote and bring links for those interested in further study.

The Stamp JSŁUŻBA PORZĄDKOWA means Jüdischer Ordnungsdienst  
In Hebrew : שרות הסדר היהודי
over a Star of King David Symbol.
The Jewish Police in Ghetto Warsaw had 2500 Jewish Policemen.

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In the next photo front view of the Beak engraved in Hebrew Letters; פועל – Pron. – POEL means worker,
The was a Jewish organization named Hapoel and I still had not deciphered the
its connection to its history. A matter for further research.
It may suggest the owner was a Member of the Hapoel organization, and members of ‘Hapoel’ were recruited to the Jewish Police. ) Hapoel was a Sport Organization Est. 1920 and its Warsaw Club est. 1933.

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18th* Century Round Whistle Cast Brass, Sheffield Fipple.

  • Foot note
    The whistle is missing its Metal fipple block (A slight chance it was a wooden one)
    It is clearly a Sheffield style Fipple. (My observation is that there are three types)
    You may search my Dixon & Sons whistles to see further notes as well as examples of the ‘Sheffield Fipple’ (a term I came up with to distinguish these type of Fipples).
    It said 18th Century Sportsman whistle but it could have been very early Military one
    Or a Seaman whistle Trafalgar period, or for early Napoleon’s wars.
    You can also see my observation as to this type of early Pre Drilled tops and Knots
    which I found and pointed as a distinctive feature as Georgian and earlier types of Round Pea Whistles.
    As to Maker it would be one of Sheffield’s Iron Mongers in the 18th Century,
    and at the latest one of James Dixon’s earliest works.
    Previously in the same British Collection as the Walrus Ivory one.

    Measures app. 2″ by 1.5″

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British Railway Whistles.


The Subject of British Railway whistles is a fascinating one, I shall bring few whistles from Private Collections, and hopefully would expand with time and article.
The following four examples of the four different types are all from late Victorian period.

Two Notes Tube Whistle (TNTW) shape, Grimsby Dock Police whistle, Manchester Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway (M.S&L.R) which changed its name to the Great Central Railway in 1897.

There are 4 Main Basic mouth blown whistle types – Shapes used with British Railway companies, These are:
Escargots – referee type / (Most Common type)
Two notes Tube whistles (TNTW) as in first photo. (also known as General Service whistles)
Round Pea Whistle type, at time without pea.
Conical two notes (TNCW) ( also kknown as Beaufort)