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Whistle: M.4-2008

Object information

Current Location: In storage




Goldsmith: Unknown




Gold with engraved decoration, bound round the cylindrical barrel with maroon leather wrapped with brass (?) wire, and having at the top a suspension ring


History note: A family heirloom of the Austin family, who emigrated to Barbados in 1629 and subsequently became plantation owners; by descent to Jean Ivey Cambell Bruce Austin, MA

Legal notes

Given by Jean I.C.B. Austin, MA

Measurements and weight

Length: 4.7 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2008-10-13) by Austin, Jean Ivey Campbell Bruce


18th Century
Circa 1700 CE - 1800 CE


The whistle's provenance suggests that it might have been made in Barbados and used on a plantation worked by enslaved people.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of wire ( probably brass or copper alloy, possibly originally gilt)

Materials used in production

of two colours or with high copper content Gold

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.4-2008
Primary reference Number: 165659
Entry form number: 767
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 18 December 2023 Last processed: Monday 18 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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