NARC-6E7E81: whistle

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Unique ID: NARC-6E7E81

Object type certainty: Certain
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David Higgins of Liverpool University comments: "These bowls are presumably made of some form of pewter or lead based alloy rather than pure lead - probably the same material as they make die cast metal soldiers and cars from....this type of bowl comes from a toy whistle of late nineteenth or early twentieth century date" (Pers.comm 4/7/12).

Further information on this artefact type can be seen in the Society for Clay Pipe Research Newlstter 76, page 43 'Metal Pipes and Toy Whistles' (2009).

The pipe bowl is incomplete and mis-shapen, but initially had a diameter of approximately 20mm and is 33mm high with a pronounced foot. An iron tube is fitted through the bowl and is broken off close to the outside of the bowl. The stem is missing. There would originally have been a lead alloy cap over the top of the bowl to allow for the air to be captured and released to make the whistle noise.

The decoration is in the form of raised pellets within a scallped border around the lower half of the bowl.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MODERN
Period from: MODERN
Period to: MODERN
Date from: Circa AD 1850
Date to: Circa AD 1950

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 33 mm
Weight: 18.72 g
Diameter: 20 mm

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Julie Cassidy
Identified by: Dr David Higgins

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead Alloy
Secondary material: Iron
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Incomplete

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Recording Institution: NARC
Created: 7 years ago
Updated: 4 years ago

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