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Post by 2canton4 on May 16th 2020, 1:39 am

Can anyone tell me if this 6 1/4" L silver? safari/ caravan whistle is Indian or middle eastern? Thank you!



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Post by Grumpy Grandad on May 16th 2020, 6:40 pm

It looks Indian to me. Middle Eastern wares tend to have prominently featured Islamic inscriptions on them, usually 'God is great' and 'There is but one God, Allah is his name' or variations thereof (and in Arabic, of course).
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Post by 2canton4 on May 16th 2020, 7:34 pm

thanx grumpy.......! sounds good to me!......any id as to age?
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Post by Grumpy Grandad on May 16th 2020, 7:57 pm

Going by the heavy, typically Victorian decoration it could be anywhere from mid-19th to early 20thC.
An interesting little piece. Does it still work as a whistle?
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Post by 2canton4 on May 16th 2020, 8:05 pm

thanx again grumpy......! surprisingly, it's not that heavy o/a, as far as weight goes!; the heaviest is the elephant!.......and it works!
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Post by Grumpy Grandad on May 16th 2020, 9:09 pm

By 'heavy' I was referring to the amount of decoration covering every part of the main body. The Victorians seemed to think that a part of anything not decorated was just a waste of space, which is why so many pieces of earlier furniture and metalwares were ruined (or 'cobbled' as those politer than me say) in the Victorian period by any bugger with a set of chisels or metal punches.
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Post by 2canton4 on May 16th 2020, 9:50 pm

oh no worries!......like you said; it is a nice piece!
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Post by Grumpy Grandad on May 16th 2020, 10:32 pm

Yours is right, please don't think I was suggesting it was a cobbled piece. The whistle is, as far as one can tell from photos, in original condition. The decoration is a bit too fussy for my taste (they could have stopped at the elephant for me) but it's an interesting bit of the social history of India under British rule.
The problem is with the once-beautifully simple pieces with minimal decoration being got at and made to look like your whistle.
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Post by Potty62 on May 21st 2020, 9:45 pm

Is that an elephant 🐘 to the top !, would that be a reference as to whether it’s Indian or African !. Nice piece.
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Post by Grumpy Grandad on May 22nd 2020, 1:45 pm

Potty62 wrote:Is that an elephant 🐘 to the top !, would that be a reference as to whether it’s Indian or African !. Nice piece.
Yes, small ears so an Indian elephant.
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Post by Potty62 on May 22nd 2020, 2:38 pm

Seems logical, nice piece.
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