Boer War to WW1 Trench Officer & NCO Whistle Nickel Plated - Aged
This is an aged reproduction Boer War ('The Metropolitan'), whistle made in England. The whistle is suitably marked up with the correct War Department Arrow and markings, including the Patent Number 5727.08 on the top, 'The Metropolitan' and Date on the body - '1899', including 'J HUDSON & Co 244 BARR ST BIRMINGHAM'. On the bottom is 'MADE IN ENGLAND'.
The Second Boer War (11 October 1899 – 31 May 1902) was fought between the British Empire and two Boer states, the South African Republic (Republic of Transvaal) and the Orange Free State, over the Empire's influence in South Africa. It is also known variously as the Boer War, Anglo-Boer War, or South African War. Initial Boer attacks were successful, and although British reinforcements later reversed these, the war continued for years with Boer guerrilla warfare, until harsh British counter-measures brought them to terms.
This whistle was mainly used by the Army for signalling, in particular Infantry, Artillery and Cavalry units combined into 'columns' where signalling was essential. It was also carried and used in WW1 by men who fought in both wars.
This whistle is made by the same company that made the original whistles, in the same factory and using the same equipment. It is approx 80mm long x 17mm wide and made from agednickel plated Brass. This is the perfect whistle if you are a Boer War reenactor, enthusiast or collect Boer War related items.
The last picture compares our aged nickel whistle and our new nickel whistle.