1883. London Metropolitan Police sponsor contest for ways to replace cumbersome wooden rattles used by bobbies to communicate on the beat.
The prize is won by the whistle you see here, Mr. J. Hudson's renowned Acme Metropolitan.
In tests on Clapham Common, the Metropolitan proves clearly audible over a mile away, is quickly adopted by police and fire departments throughout Britain as well as British military forces.
(“Follow me, lads!”)
Acme Metropolitan Whistle (No. 2242), still standard issue to London bobbies, guaranteed to pierce pea-soup fog. Ingenious one-piece, handsfree design. Nickel-plated (silver) brass. Size: 3-1/4" long. A wonderful gift.