WW2 RAF Escape Whistles

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  1. unclegrumpy

    unclegrumpy Well-Known Member

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    I noticed in Ken's post about Aero's current sale that he also has reproduction "WW2 Style RAF "Acme" Thunderer Escape Whistles".

    That reminded me of flight jacket related topic that I have long been curious about...telling the differences between original WW2 RAF Escape Whistles and the reproductions.

    Below is a whistle I have had for a long time, and always assumed to be real. However, I don't really know much about these, and hope some of you with more experience can point out the differences...including if there are clues related to the numbering.

    One thing I noticed in taking the photos that was not as obvious before, was how sharp the stampings are...always interesting what you learn with a photo sometimes...though it can cut both ways.

    Thanks for the help and input!

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  2. Roughwear

    Roughwear Well-Known Member

    I have an original one. There are many repros on Ebay which are aged and from the photos it is quite hard to tell that they are not originals.
     
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  3. Pilot

    Pilot Active Member

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    Please kindly share photos of yours. Thx
     
  4. Roughwear

    Roughwear Well-Known Member

    Here we go! The last three photos are of an aged repro on Ebay. Notice the cruder lettering.

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  5. johnwayne

    johnwayne Well-Known Member

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    I think originals are brass base metal coated in tin/silver (I'm no metal expert to know for sure) but repro's I believe are certainly not brass, just a modern alloy(?) to replicate the look. The company that made them also made whistles for the police here in the UK and are still in business being J. Hudson & Co of Birmingham, the original Acme Thunderer being a sports whistle!
     
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  6. stanier

    stanier Active Member

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  7. mrchina

    mrchina Member

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    I have had one of these for many years as well and don't remember how I acquired it. This AT does not have any numbers stamped on the sides, however it does have the AT name and "Made in England" stamped on the mouth piece.
    Regards,
    Don
     
  8. jeremiah

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    Ok, so not exactly the same, nor an escape whistle, but here is a British police style whistle I found in the basement of my Mom's house when were there a few days ago. No markings, I wonder if its pre-war. It works very well still. Very loud.
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