Boatswain's Pipe Key Chains

In stock
$12.50
$12.50
Dimensions & Weight:
Large -
4 3/4 inches (12 cm) long
1.3 ounces (37 grams)

Small -
3 3/16 inch (8.1 cm) long
1 ounce (28 grams)

Product Features:
One of the oldest and most distinctive pieces of nautical equipment
Badge of office and honor in the British Navy and American Navy
Oval screw-lock key chain

Full Description:
The Boatswain's Pipe (pronounced "bosun's") is one of the oldest and most distinctive pieces of nautical equipment.  The boatswain's pipe, or flute, was used in Greece and Rome to keep the stroke of galley slaves.  The pipe was used in the Crusades to call English cross bowmen on deck for attack.  Because its shrill tune could be heard above most of the activity on board it later was used to signal various happenings such as knock-off and the boarding of officials.  This signaling device was so essential to the well-being of the ship, that it became a badge of office and honor in the British and American Navy of the sailing ships.

We offer a beautifully detailed solid brass and copper reproduction of a boatswain's pipe on a key chain with an oval screw-lock.  The pipes have a traditional anchor design on both sides.  The small brass and copper Boatswain's Pipe Christmas key chain is 3 3/16 inches (8.1 cm) long and weighs 1 ounce (28 grams) and the large key chain is 4 3/4 inches (12 cm) long and weighs 1.3 ounces (37 grams).

Accessories:
A beautiful solid hardwood felt lined storage and display case is available for our full-size boatswain's pipes.  A solid brass Navy anchor design is inlaid into the lid of the hardwood case.  Custom brass plaques can be mounted on the outside or inside lid of the case.  Sorry, but we do not engrave directly on the boatswain's pipes.

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