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In the chaos and calamity of the World War I trenches, the British fighting men needed a signal that could cut through even the most deafening racket. This replica Artillery Officer's Whistle is produced to the same specifications as the originals, in the same factory and using some of the original tooling and dies that produced the originals between 1914 and 1918. (A slightly different version of this whistle has also been the preferred whistle of professional sports referees for over a century.) Birmingham, England, was once known as the "Workshop of the World," an industrial city at the leading edge of the Industrial Revolution and one of civilization's great manufacturing hubs. Most of those old factories and shops are long gone, but some remain- and are operating much like they did way back when. This whistle has its roots in Birmingham's heyday, when whistle maker Joseph Hudson's Metropolitan model became standard issue for the London police. Whether you are a collector, reenactor, or just need a keychain whistle for emergencies, this is a unique and beautifully handmade piece of history. The story goes that Joseph Hudson insisted on personally blowing every whistle that left his factory. That level of care and attention to detail still exists today if you know where to look.
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