To celebrate our one year anniversary (November 19th, 2013) we bring for viewing a monotypical and previously unknown whistle. The Whistle Gallery SPOTLIGHT presents for the November SPOTLIGHT a bell whistle made by G. & J.W. Hawksley. Interestingly here is a whistle maker of very fine whistles from Sheffield UK, many times we are used to seeing whistles from the UK out of Birmingham or even Glasgow. In any event this is a previously inknow bell whistle by an unexpected whistle maker, with special thanks to John Romas.
The mouthpiece was lost or broken, so we had a replacement made. No catalog or other references revealed that Hawksley ever made bells, so that we had to design one influenced by existing Stevens’s mouthpieces. Bell whistles were probably originally designed by Richard Porteous ( circa 1860s ) and manufactured by Stevens and company. Evidence shows that some were manufactured in or at least came from France. No other sources have been found till this date, so this is a very enlightening discovery.
Let’s examine side by side with Stevens…
The nickle plated brass is of the highest quality. It makes sense as Hawksley manufactured powder flasks, brandy flasks, hunting loading equipment, and were accomplished whistle makers and designers.
Unusually here the top bell does not screw on like Stevens does, but merely slides over the shaft and the top loop screws down tightening the bell in the process.
The shafts are pretty close in overall design, minus the shunt at the top for the bell. There is some knurling to the brass Stevens shaft. And as you can see comparatively the Hawksley shaft is tapered somewhat.
Although slightly smaller the overall design follows comparitively.
Stevens company was primarily aimed at the railway market by this time of manufacture and Hawksley’s company had focused on hunting. So was the bell here for hunters ??
The following provides a front to back and back to front to get a real view of Hawksley’s variation.
Then we will take another look at all the pieces and a close up of the manufacturers stamp.
A last look at that remarkable stamp.
Yes, a bell whistle by a supplier of hunting equipment. Many thanks for all the visits to The Whistle Gallery.
We are a small site on a small budget, but since our posting last November 19th we have grown from 250 page loads a day to 500. We hope that we can continue to post for you on the 5th of every month interesting and informative articles about the collecting and study of rare vintage whistles.
Furthermore, if possible, to make a special extra effort to focus on monotypical or uniquely and previously unknown whistles like this Hawksley bell whistle.
Posted November 15, 2013