Unique Antique Gunmetal Whistle. What is Gunmetal.
Lentg; 72 mm
The Mariana** is one of the most beautifully designed whistles, made of machined
Gunmetal* Gunmetal, also known as red brass in the United States. Made in the 19th or 20th century.
Most gunmetal whistles which are all rare had been made in the 18th and 19th century and up to world war one as far as I have observed.
This particular whistle was originally collected by Martyn Gilchrist and can be seen in his recommended book 'More Whistles' Pg. 52. The whistle appears on the book's cover as well.
I believe the book is available thru the recommmended website about whistles whistleshop.UK
The whistle was made by an unidentified maker probably British maker
(all three found in England), and has two sisters, variations, one lives across the sea and has a 1920 inscribtion to a sea man.
This may hint at the period made though some stamped with date maker had an inscribtion engraved many years after the manufacturing date. As with some Hallmarked silver whistles.
Gunmetal lends it self well to sea man's whistles being resistant humidity and salt.
The general unique design is a bit reminiscent of some rare small French cast whistle that is copper plated. (I shall bring a photo),
Though it is considered a Round whistle type , it is conical like a short beaufort type with a conicl top cap.
* Gunmetal, (From wikipedia) also known as red brass in the United States,is a type of bronze – an alloy of copper, tin, and zinc. Originally used chiefly for making guns, gunmetal was eventually superseded by steel.
Gunmetal casts and machines well and is resistant to corrosion from steam and salt water, and is used to make steam and hydraulic castings, valves, and gears, and also statues and various small objects, e.g. buttons.
It has a tensile strength of 221 to 310 MPa, a specific gravity of 8.7, a density 8,719 kg/m, and a Brinell hardness of 65 to 74.
Scroll down for Variants og Gun Metal. ***
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** A nick name .
*** Variants og Gun Metal.
Gunmetal can also mean steel treated to simulate gunmetal bronze. Bushings made of this metal are used in machinery.