The 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 nickel bosun's whistle comes with a quality nickel chain lanyard. Yes, the bosun's whistle really whistles. It comes with a beautiful solid hardwood storage and display case. A nickel Navy anchor design is on top of the display box.