HAMP-D7F787: Post-Medieval whistle

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Unique ID: HAMP-D7F787

Object type certainty: Certain
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An apparently complete, though with some damage, post-medieval silver "bosun's" whistle dating to the 17th century. It consist of a slightly tapering sheet tube with an applied transverse triple-rib at the centre, an elaborate openwork S-shaped handle below, and an egg-shaped hollow at the narrower end of the tube, also attached to the handle.

The S-shaped handle is foliate in design and attached with solder to the underside of the tube and the hollow end. It is max.3.36mm thick. The tube narrows from 4.57mm in diameter (internal 3.60mm) to 3.96mm diameter (internal uncertain) and leads straight onto the hollow egg-shape. Set at an angle above the tube the hollow has a circular opening c.5.4mm in diameter. The egg-shaped element measures 22.73mm in width and 17.90mm in diameter, with a 2mm thick, 2mm high ridge running around the centre. Both hemispheres are decorated with an openwork raised rib nonafoil and a projecting boss-like pellet at the centre.

Dimensions: Length 44.64mm, max.width 22.73mm and height 19.73mm. Weighs 8.21g.


As this object was found before 1997 it falls under the Treasure Trove Act, where evidence would have to point to the object having been deliberately hidden with the intention of recovery. The whistle is most likely to be a casual loss and therefore does not constitute treasure.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder after being declared not Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2013T746


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1600
Date to: Circa AD 1700

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 44.64 mm
Height: 19.73 mm
Width: 22.73 mm
Weight: 8.21 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 1st May 2013 - Monday 8th July 2013

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Katie Hinds
Identified by: Ms Katie Hinds

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Winchester Museums Entry Form 3646
Treasure case number: 2013T746

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Hampshire (County)
District: New Forest (District)
To be known as: Fawley

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: Centred on field
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth less than 0.25 m

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: HAMP
Created: 5 years ago
Updated: 3 years ago

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