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Boatswain's call

PLT0410
Decorative art

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Collection Decorative art, Plate
User collections Collectables (UK) by blueheatwave
Gallery locationNot on display
PeopleProvenance: Futcher, Edward
VesselsSuperb 1875 (HMS)

Object details:

Object ID PLT0410
Description Gilt metal presentation boatswain's call of Edward Futcher, Chief Boatswain's Mate of HMS 'Superb'. The barrel-shaped buoy has a crown and anchor device on each side, and the keel is decorated with scrolling foliage and has a ring for attachment to a lanyard. The keel is inscribed: 'Ed. Futcher Ch. B. Mt. H.M.S. Superb Decr 1883 - May 1887'. The boatswain's call has a long history both as a symbol of office and as a practical instrument for conveying orders at sea. Its distinctive shape has remained practically unchanged from medieval times to the present day. The call's shrill whistle can be varied in pitch to convey a variety of information, and can be heard above the sound of wind and sea. Such instruments were private possessions rather than official equipment and calls like this one made suitable gifts and presentation pieces.
Date made circa 1887

Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Materials silver-gilt
Measurements 25 x 125 x 25 mm
Parts
  • Boatswain's call (PLT0410)
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