This is a chromed example of an R.I.C. whistle and chain. Both items are in excellent condition. There is a full length linked chain with the hook at the end to secure to the police tunic.
In full working order, this whistle has the following words stamped on the front of the whistle barrel:
“The Metropolitan – Patent – ROYAL IRISH CONSTABULARY – ”
The whistle is further stamped near the mouth piece with the makers details:
“J. Hudosn & Co. 244 Barr-Street Birmingham”
As this whistle is chromed it may well have been re-issued to the newly formed Gardaí in the post 1922 era.