Toys and Whistles from Billy and Charlie

 
 
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Pilgrim Signs & Religious Goods
 
Brooches & Pendants
 
Household Goods, Toys, etc.
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Household Goods
•   Toys and Whistles
•   Bells, Rings, Buttons, etc.
 
Billy and Charlie
 
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  The original of the Birdie Toy dates from the end of the 13th or the first half of the 14th century. It is an extraordinarily early example of a mass-produced toy. The bird is made up of two parts - the bird itself, and an internal structure on which it pivots so that its tongue moves in and out of its mouth. Making tweeting noises while you play with it is optional.

The original of this item is broken off at the feet and it is impossible to know how one was supposed to hang onto it. It may have been attached to a stick so it looked like it was sitting on a branch; it may have had a handle of some sort. We have supplied a ring.

Birdie Toy $15.00
1-7/8 x 1-1/2" or 48 x 37mm
# Medieval Household, no. 931; Playthings from the Past

The Toy Pot is copied from one of many miniature vessels which have survived.

Toy Pot $7.00
1 x 1-1/2" or 45 x 38mm
* Playthings from the Past

 


 

The Head Whistle is based on a pair of 15th century whistles now in Salisbury. If you engage in late 14th century re-enactment, you know doubt know someone who looks just like this! The whistles are produced by slush casting, and as a result they differ considerably in quality of sound and loudness. Please let us know if you have a preference; we can supply everything from 'The Mother's Friend' to 'Blood Comes From Your Ears'.

Head Whistle $7.00
1 x 1 1/2" or 25 x 35mm
# Salisbury, no. 191-192

The Hunting Horn Whistle, copied from a late 14th or early 15th century example at Salisbury (Spencer, no.196) bears the perhaps too obvious inscription, "Bla - me" - "Blow me." The tone of most of these whistles is very sweet.

Hunting Horn Whistle $9.00
1 1/4 x 2 7/8" or 30 x 74mm
* Salisbury, no. 196

 

 


The Chicken Whistle is our funniest whistle yet. The tone varies from example to example; it is consistently loud, but not piercing.

Chicken Whistle $8.00
1 3/4 x 2" or 40 x 52mm
* Schatten uit de Schelde, no. 602


Bells, Rings, Buttons, Etc.