interestingly, boatswains or bosons or bosuns ( all nautical ) are an interesting section of whistles — why ??
Wel,l first because they date so far back into history they are hard to track.
Also, because they continue to defy logic on the prices they bring. Almost out of reach for most whistle collectors
Then, there is the variety of different nationalities on what constitutes one.
And what about those really weird ( but so great ) DRAGON ones from China ?? Now there's a boson !!! However there are soooo many ones that it defies catagorizing them too. Especially those tentacles that are sometimes on the bowls. Really love those.
Unfortunately they accordingly demand high prices. Just gonna have to bite the bullet and pick a really tentacled one and pay the price…