DENO-12BE65: silver whistle

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Unique ID: DENO-12BE65

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Post medieval silver 'bosun's whistle fragment, pipe only.

Gilded silver "bosun's" whistle fragment. Slightly tapering sheet tube with two applied double-grooved collars, one at the widest end and one at the centre. The wider half of the tube is decorated with four spiralling grooves giving it a cabled appearance; the remainder of the tube is plain. On the underside of the wider end of the tube is a broken circular loop; a handle would have extended from this loop and been fixed at two other points (indicated by scars) on the narrow half of the tube. A hollow sphere would have been soldered at the narrow end of the tube; this is now missing. Traces of gilding all over.


See Treasure Annual Report 2002 no.125 (Horsey, Somerset) and PAS Database entry DENO-8ADD43 (Horncastle, Lincolnshire) for more complete examples of this type of whistle, dated to the 15th/16th century.

The whistle is gilded silver and dates from the late fifteenth or sixteenth century. Consequently, in terms of age and as the object contains a minimum of 10% precious metal it qualifies as Treasure under the stipulations of the Treasure Act 1996.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder after being disclaimed as Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2009T151


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 36.5 mm
Width: 5.6 mm
Weight: 1.94 g
Diameter: 3.8 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 1st August 2008

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Ms Rachel Atherton
Identified by: Ms Rachel Atherton

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Derby E6446, Treasure ref 2009 T151
Treasure case number: 2009T151

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Fragment

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Derbyshire (County)
District: South Derbyshire (District)
To be known as: South Derbyshire

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

References cited

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Created: 10 years ago
Updated: 2 years ago

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