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Metropolitan Hunts Police Whistle

Antique Metropolitan Police issue whistle dating from the late 1880s, and issued to the Huntingdonshire (Hunts) Police - a force that was formed in 1857. The borough of Huntingdonshire became part of the enlarged county of Cambridgeshire in 1974.  Identified as an MP-9 model, this was manufactured by J. Hudson & Co of 131 Barr Street, Birmingham. This model of whistle, with the 131 Barr Street address was produced between 1885 and 1888. The Metropolitan was first patented in 1884 when J. Hudson secured the first contract to supply various police forces of the UK. The address stamped on the whistle, combined with the stamp style and the model number dates this particular whistle to 1887. In good used condition. One of 2 similar items recently discovered - the other dating from 1888 (see last photo) - please note price is for the 1887 whistle only.

Measures: 8cm long x 1.75cm dia