Traditional Boatswain's Pipe

In stock
Dimensions & Weight:
4 7/8 inches (12.4 cm) long
1.4 ounces (40 grams)

Product Features:
Brass and Copper or Silver Plated version available
One of the oldest and most distinctive pieces of nautical equipment
Badge of office and honor in the British Navy and American Navy

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 beautifully detailed solid brass and copper or silver plated reproductions of a boatswain's pipe on a quality 35 inch (89 cm) brass chain lanyard.  Both versions of the boatswain pipe have a traditional anchor design on both sides, measure 4 7/8 inches (12.4 cm) long, and weigh 1.4 ounces (40 grams).

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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