The boatswain's pipe or bosun's whistle is one of the oldest and most distinctive pieces of nautical equipment. 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. This beautifully detailed solid brass and copper Navy boatswain's pipe comes with a quality solid brass chain lanyard. The pipe has a traditional anchor design inlaid in copper on both sides. This item measures 8"L, and yes, it really whistles. The boatswain's pipe comes with a beautiful solid hardwood storage/display case. A solid brass Navy anchor design is inlaid into the lid of the case.