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Read the descriptions carefully as detailed information about condition, working order, type of whistle, rarity and availability will be mentioned there. Condition is mostly concerned with the face of the whistle, although any problems on the back surface will be mentioned. As far as the photos are concerned, please keep in mind that these are small items and when a picture is blown up to a large size all kinds of defects seem to jump out at you...like looking at your skin in a magnifying mirror. The actual item seen by the naked eye, especially our aging eyes, looks better than the photo.

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Tin Pre-War Japanese Whistles

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Bird and Bug Pre-War Whistles

Image
Name
Description
Price
Pre-War Japan Green Double Sided Bird Whistle

2.25 inches (5.7 cm) wide

VG Plus

This 2.25 inch (5.7 cm) long tin bird whistle is slightly three dimensional. The body is almost 1/2 inch thick. The litho colors are on both sides. Colors are bright and condition is very good plus overall with only scattered minor spots of litho loss. The whistle sound is strong. I know of two litho versions of this shape whistle. (See PW-18) Again, not a common pre-war Japanese whistle.

PW-1

$55.

Pre- War Japan Flat Two Sided Bird Whistle-Horn

2.5 inches (6.4 cm) wide

VG to EX

This 2.5 inch long two sided pre-war Japanese whistle is flat with a tube that containes the noisemaker looking like a branch that the bird is sitting on. When you blow into the tube the sound is more like a horn or squeaker than a true whistle sound. There are two litho variations of this whistle. This one is more colorful than the other. Condition is very good to excellent with some darkening of the bare metal tube.

PW-2

$45.

Pre-War Japan Flat Two Sided Bird Whistle-Horn Variation

2.5 inches (6.4 cm) wide

VG to EX

This 2.5 inch two sided pre-war Japanese whistle is flat with a tube that containes the noisemaker looking like a branch that the bird is sitting on. When you blow into the tube the sound is more like a horn or squeaker than a true whistle sound. There are two litho variations of this whistle. This one is less colorful than the other being predominantly yellow and orange. Condition is very good to excellent with some darkening of the bare metal tube. The horn sound is quite weak

PW-3

$40.

Pre-War Japan Three Dimensional Bird Whistle

3 inches (7.6 cm) tall

VG

This is one of the largest and most three dimensional of the pre war Japanese whistles. The bird shaped whistle is 3 inches tall and about 1 and 3/8 inches wide. A 2 inch long tail provides what might be called the whistle sound.....it is sort of like a squeak. The litho has the gold undertone of many of the early Japanese whistles and the embossed surface adds details to the feathers. Condition is very good with some light surface wear on the raised parts. I have had more than one of this whistle in the past 30 years but it is not one you find that often.

PW-4

$95.

Pre-War Japan Red-Brown Tone Owl Whistle

2 inches ( 5 cm) tall

VG

There are two litho variations of this size owl shaped whistle. The 2 inch tall tin pre-war Japanese whistle shows a detailed feather pattern with darker multi-colored litho. There are some spots of wear on the surface and some white spots that might also be wear (hard to tell with the very detailed litho pattern). but the surface is quite shiny and overall I would call the condition very good. The whistle sound has a distinct warble.

PW-5

$55.

Pre-War Japan Flat Rooster Whistle

1 and 5/8 inches

(4 cm) tall

VG

I have three litho and shape variations of this strange flat whistle. I am not even sure it is a whistle since I can't get a sound out of any of them. Maybe I am doing something wrong. The base on each of these pre-war Japanese whistles (or whatever they are) is two sided with a space between the lithoed front and the bare metal back. The upper bird shaped ( or in this case, rooster shaped) part is flat. Condition is very good. Colors are bright and the surface is shiny with a few tiny flakes in the litho. The back surface has darkened with age.

PW-6

$65.

Pre-War Japan White Canary Whistle

1 and 5/8 inches

(4 cm)

Good

I have three litho and shape variations of this strange flat whistle. I am not even sure it is a whistle since I can't get a sound out of any of them. Maybe I am doing something wrong. The base on each of these pre-war Japanese whistles (or whatever they are) is two sided with a space between the lithoed front and the bare metal back. The upper bird shaped part is flat. Condition is good. There is wear along the edges and in a few areas along the canary's breast and back. The back surface has darkened with age and has rusty splotches.

PW-7

$35.

Pre-War Japan Green Winged Parrot Whistle

2.5 inches (6.4 cm) tall

EX

This figural tin pre-war Japanese whistle is 2.5 inches (6.4 cm) tall. There are three differnt litho variations of this parrot-shaped tin whistle. All are pretty rare. These are the only ones I found in all my years of collecting. This particular example has a green wing and yellow breast. The whistle sound is strong and sharp. Condition is excellent on the front. The bare metal on the back is dull and darkened .

PW-8

$75.

Pre-War Japan Flat Blue Wing Bird Whistle

1 and 5/8 inches (4 cm)

Good Plus

I have three litho and shape variations of this strange flat whistle. I am not even sure it is a whistle since I can't get a sound out of any of them. Maybe I am doing something wrong. The base on each of these pre-war Japanese whistles (or whatever they are) is two sided with a space between the lithoed front and the bare metal back. The upper bird shaped part is flat. Condition is good plus. Colors are bright but there are some areas of wear and flakes in the litho The back surface has darkened with age.

PW-9

$40.

Pre-War Japan Gold Top View Bird Whistle

2.25 inches (5.7 cm) tall

Good Plus

I have three litho versions of this pre-war Japanese tin whistle of a bird seen from above. Each whistle is 2.25 inches (5.7 cm) tall. In this version the bird has a red tail and head and detailed feathers in a gold color. Condition overall is good plus with some minor wear. The back has darkened with age. The whistle is not producing a true whistle sound, more like wind blowing. So essentially it is not working.

PW-10

$45.

Pre-War Japan Green Top View Bird Whistle

2.25 inches

(5.7 cm) tall

VG Plus

I have three litho versions of this pre-war Japanese tin whistle of a bird seen from above. Each whistle is 2.25 inches (5.7 cm) tall. In this version the bird has a red tail and head and detailed feathers in green with yellow lines. Condition overall is very good plus with some minor wear on the edges.The back is slightly darkened with a small stain. The sound is good if you blow hard.

PW-11

$55.

Pre-War Japan Multi Color Top View Bird Whistle

1 and 7/8 inches (4.8 cm) tall

VG

The shape of this 1.75 inch (4.5 cm) tall pre-war Japanese tin whistle was also used for other images...mostly people. This is a bird, seen from above. The litho is very detailed and colorful. The same multi color feathered litho image shows up in a few smaller size bird whistles. The surface is bright and condition is very good. What appear to be some shallow dents on the body are actually embossed areas that were designed for another more human litho on this same shape. The whistle sound is strong.

PW-12

$45.

Pre-War Japan Yellow Top View Bird Whistle

2.25 inches

(5.7 cm) tall

EX

I have three litho versions of this pre-war Japanese tin whistle of a bird seen from above. Each whistle is 2.25 inches (5.7 cm) tall. In this version the bird has a green tail, a yellow head with red details and detailed feathers in yellow on the wings and red on the body. Condition overall is excellent.The back is slightly darkened. The sound is good if you blow hard.

PW-13

$65.

Pre-War Japan Colorful Nesting Bird Whistle

1.75 inches

(4.5 cm) tall

EX

This tin pre-war Japanese whistle is in the shape of a nesting bird seen from above. This is one colorful bird and the shape is unusual. Condition is excellent with some darkening on the back. The whistle sound requires you to blow hard.

PW-14

$75.

Pre-War Japan Owl on Branch Whistle

1 and 7/8 inches (4.8 cm) tall

EX

This pre-war Japanese tin whistle has a detailed and life-like image of an owl on a branch.. The whistle is almost 2 inches tall and has the gold undertone of the earlier whistles. Condition is excellent with some minor flakes, mostly in the background. The back has darkened with age.. The whistle sound is sharp and loud. A rare whistle.

PW-15

$75.

Pre-War Japan Red Owl Whistle

2 inches (5 cm) tall

EX

There are two litho variations of this size owl shaped whistle. The 2 inch tall tin pre-war Japanese whistle has predominantly red toned litho with lots of subtle details.Condition is excellent. The colors are bright with a shiny surface. The whistle sound is pleasant but does not have the warble that the other variation has.

PW-16

$55.

Pre-War Japan Red Top View Bird Whistle

1.75 inches (4.5 cm) tall

VG

Another top view bird whistle but with a slightly different shape. The detailed feather litho on this 1.75 inch tall pre-war Japanese whistle is mostly reds with green, blue and yellow accents. Condition is very good with a few minor flakes on the front and darkening of the back. It has a nice loud whistle sound.

PW-17

$45.

Pre-War Japan Muted Color Double Sided Bird Whistle

2.25 inches

(5.7 cm) wide

Good

This 2.25 inch (5.7 cm) long tin bird whistle is slightly three dimensional. The body is almost 1/2 inch thick. The litho colors are on both sides. Colors are muted and condition is good overall with significant wear on the high spots and scattered chips in the litho surface. The whistle sound is strong. I know of two litho versions of this shape whistle. (See PW-1) Again, not a common whistle.

PW-18

$45.

Pre-War Japan Top View Bird Whistle-Variation

1 and 3/8 inches (3.5 cm) tall

VG

This pre-war Japanese tin bird whistle is a bit smaller version at 1 and 3/8 inches (3.5 cm) tall. The bird shaped whistle comes in a variety of litho variations and this multi color feathered litho image also shows up in a few different size and shape bird whistles. It is typical of the Japanese re-use of images and shapes.This example is in very good condition. Colors are bright and the back is darkened with a shallow dent. It has a sharp whistle sound.

PW-19

$35.

Pre-War Japan CrackerJack Bird Whistle-Gold Tones

1.75 inches (4.5 cm) tall

EX

This bird shaped pre-war Japanese whistle was a CrackerJack premium. There are a few variations of this bird and this one is somewhat less common with a gold undertone that makes it sparkle. The detailed litho on the 1.75 inch (4.5 cm) whistle shows all the feathers. The whistle sound has a warbling quality caused by a small piece of bamboo inside.

Condition on this example is excellent. The back looks pretty bright with only a small amount of darkening.

PW-20

$35.

Pre-War Japan CrackerJack Bird Whistle (Common)

1.75 inches (4.5 cm) tall

VG

This bird shaped pre-war Japanese whistle was a CrackerJack premium. There are a few variations of this bird and this one is the most common. The detailed litho on the 1.75 inch (4.5 cm) whistle shows all the feathers. The whistle sound has a warbling quality caused by a small piece of bamboo inside.

Condition on this example is very good. There is some litho loss on the mouthpiece and the back shows some darkening.

PW-21

$30.

Pre-War Japan Red and Yellow Top View Bird Whistle

1.75 inches (4.5 cm) tall

EX

The shape of this 1.75 inch (4.5 cm) tall whistle was also used for other images...mostly people. This is a bird, seen from above. Colors are predominately red and yellow. The surface is bright and condition is excellent on the front. What appear to be some shallow dents on the body are actually embossed areas that were designed for another more human litho on this same shape. The back is dull and a bit darkened. The whistle sound is strong on this rare litho variation.

PW-22

$45.

Pre-War Japan Blue Wing Parrot Whistle

2.5 inches (6.4 cm) tall

EX

This figural tin pre-war Japanese whistle is 2.5 inches (6.4 cm) tall. There are three differnt litho variations of this parrot-shaped tin whistle. All are pretty rare. These are the only ones I found in all my years of collecting. This particular example has a blue wing and red and yellow breast. The whistle sound is weak. Condition is excellent on the front with some small scratches The bare metal on the back is dull and darkened .

PW-23

$75.

Pre-War Japan Brown Wing Parrot Whistle

2.5 inches (6.4 cm) tall

EX

This figural tin pre-war Japanese whistle is 2.5 inches (6.4 cm) tall. There are three differnt litho variations of this parrot-shaped tin whistle. All are pretty rare. These are the only ones I found in all my years of collecting. This particular example has a multi-colored pattern and shows a back view of the bird. The whistle sound is strong. Condition is excellent on the front. The bare metal on the back is dull and darkened

PW-24

$75.

Pre-War Japan Crackerjack Flying Bird (Muted Color) Whistle

1.75 inches (4.5 cm) tall

VG

This bird shaped pre-war Japanese whistle was a CrackerJack premium. There are a few variations of this bird and this one is unusual for the solid yellow body (no feather detail) and slightly muted colors. The detailed litho on the wings and tail shows all the feathers. The whistle sound has a warbling quality caused by a small piece of bamboo inside. The sound is slightly weak due to a small seperation on the edge of the mouthpiece that causes some air leakage. Overall condition is very good.

PW-25

$25.

Pre-War Japan Crackerjack Flying Bird Whistle

1.75 inches (4.5 cm) tall

EX

This whistle is a slight variation of PW-22. The body has a darker green tone. It does not have the gold undertone, just a yellow one. These whistles were Crackerjack premiums and are fairly common. Condtion on this example is excellent with a good warbling tone.

PW-26

$30.

Pre-War Japan Top View Bird Whistle -Variation

1 and 3/8 inches (3.5 cm) tall

VG

This pre-war Japanese tin bird whistle is a bit smaller version at 1 and 3/8 inches (3.5 cm) tall. The bird shaped whistle comes in a variety of litho variations. It is typical of the Japanese re-use of images and shapes.This example is in very good condition. Colors are bright on the front although the back is darkened. Notice the slight off-registration on the head. Many whistles will show this and I do not consider it a defect, just another variation. This whistle has a sharp whistle sound.

PW-27

$35.

Pre-War Japan Top View Bird Whistle- Variation

1 and 3/8 inches (3.5 cm) tall

VG

This pre-war Japanese tin bird whistle is one of the smaller versions at 1 and 3/8 inches (3.5 cm) tall. The bird shaped whistle comes in a variety of litho variations. It is typical of the Japanese re-use of images and shapes. Of course it can drive you crazy after awhile trying to keep track of the differences.

This example is in very good condition. Colors are bright on the front although the back is darkened with age. It has a sharp whistle sound.

PW-28

$35.

Pre-War Japan Top View Bird Whistle- Variation

1 and 3/8 inches (3.5 cm) tall

VG

This pre-war Japanese tin bird whistle is one of the smaller versions at 1 and 3/8 inches (3.5 cm) tall. The bird shaped whistle comes in a variety of litho variations. It is typical of the Japanese re-use of images and shapes. Of course it can drive you crazy after awhile trying to keep track of the differences.

This example is in very good condition. Colors are bright although the back is somewhat darkened. The whistle has a sharp sound.

PW-29

$35.

Pre-War Japan Parrot Spinner Whistle-Red Wings

1.75 inches (4.5 cm) tall

VG-EX

This unusual parrot shaped spinner whistle comes in three litho versions (that I am aware of). The small 1.75 inch tall pre-war whistle still has the original woven ribbon cord attached. In order to make the high pitched whirring siren sound you must place your lips over the holes in the front of the whistle and blow really hard.

Ths version has red wings and is in very good to excellent condition. If you have the wind power it works fine.

PW-30

$45.

Pre-War Japan Parrot Spinner Whistle-Yellow Wings

1.75 inches (4.5 cm) tall

VG-EX

This unusual parrot shaped spinner whistle comes in three litho versions (that I am aware of). The small 1.75 inch tall pre-war whistle still has the original woven ribbon cord attached. In order to make the high pitched whirring siren sound you must place your lips over the holes in the front of the whistle and blow really hard.

Ths version has yellow wings and is in very good to excellent condition. If you have the wind power it works fine.

PW-31

$45.

Pre-War Japan Parrot Spinner Whistle-Blue Wings

1.75 inches (4.5 cm) tall

VG-EX

This unusual parrot shaped spinner whistle comes in three litho versions (that I am aware of). The small 1.75 inch tall pre-war whistle still has the original woven ribbon cord attached and a small tin barrel whistle is attached to the other end of this cord. In order to make the high pitched whirring siren sound from the parrot whistle you must place your lips over the holes in the front of the whistle and blow really hard. The little barrel whistle is easier and makes a warbling sound.

Ths version has blue wings and is in very good to excellent condition. If you have the wind power it works fine.

PW-31A

$45.

Pre-War Japan Medium Size Bird Whistle

1 and 5/8 inches (4 cm) tall

VG-EX

This whistle is similar in shape to the common Crackerjack premium bird whistle (like PW-21 or22) but it is slightly smaller. I have three different color and litho pattern variations....and there could be more out there. This version has a spiky red dotted top knot .

Condition is very good to excellent with bright colors and only some darkening on the raised part of the back. There is a small shallow dent on this raised part of the back too. The whistle sound is loud and shrill.

PW-32

$35.

Pre-War Japan Medium Size Bird Whistle

1 and 5/8 inches (4 cm) tall

VG-Good

This whistle is similar in shape to the common Crackerjack premium bird whistle (like PW-21 or22) but it is slightly smaller. I have three different color and litho pattern variations....and there could be more out there. This version has a red head and light blue beak.

Condition is betwen good and very good. The colors are bright and the back shows very little darkening but the front has a shallow dent on the body and a scattering of scratches and wear. The sound is still quite loud.

PW-33

$30.

Pre-War Japan Medium Size Bird Whistle

1 and 5/8 inches (4 cm) tall

VG

This whistle is similar in shape to the common Crackerjack premium bird whistle (like PW-21 or22) but it is slightly smaller. I have three different color and litho pattern variations....and there could be more out there. This multi-colored version has a green beak.

Condition is very good with a some small chips in the litho on the body. The whistle sound is loud and shrill.

PW-34

$35.

Pre-War Japan Bug Whistle

1 and 5/8 inches

(4 cm) tall

VG

I have never seen this shape used for any other pre-war Japanese whistle. The image and shape is a bug with a red, green and yellow striped body and gold-green wings. Condition is very good with some light wear on the raised edges of the wings. The sound is a warbling whistle sound.

PW-35

$45.

Pre-War Japan Dragonfly Whistle

2 and 1/8 inches (5.2) cm tall

EX

This unusual pre-war whistle is in the shape of a dragonfly. The whistle is marked Foreign instead of Japan.....not uncommon when the whistles were exported to countries other than the USA. The litho is very detailed and the condition is excellent. The whistle sound is very shrill.

PW-36

$65.

Pre-War Japan Spotted Wing Bug Whistle

1.5 inches (4 cm) tall

VG

This smaller pre-war whistle is not marked but has the gold undertone of early Japanese litho. The bug has red wings with spots, otherwise it is hard to identify. Condition is very good with some small scattered dark spots in the litho and a darkened back. The whistle sound is strong.

PW-37

$38.

Pre-War Japan Bug Whistle

1 and 5/8 inches

(4 cm) tall

Good

I have never seen this shape used for any other pre-war Japanese whistle. The image and shape is a bug with a red, green and yellow striped body and gold-green wings. Condition is good due to some wear on the raised edges of the wings.The back side of the whistle is darkened with age. Blow hard to get the warbling whistle sound.

PW-38

$40.

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SPORTS WHISTLES
Pre-War Japan Flute Whistle-Baseball and War

4.5 inches

(11.5) cm tal

VG

This pre-war Japan tin flute type whistle is 4.5 inches (11.5 cm) tall. There are two distinct categories of litho on the whistle : sports and military. A mean looking bulldog head is seen at the top then below that a boy holding a large ball (Rugby?). On the lower part of the flute are three images of a military nature : a cannon, a camoflaged vehicle with roof mounted gun and a motorcycle with sidecar.

The whistle, the same as PW-40, is in better condition but still has some wear. The back is darkened with age. The musical qualities are better too. You can get a sharp tone that varies as you cover the different holes with your fingers.

PW-39

$75

Pre-War Japan Sports and War Flute Whistle

4.5 inches

(11.5) cm tall

Good

This pre-war Japan tin flute type whistle is 4.5 inches (11.5 cm) tall. There are two distinct categories of litho on the whistle : sports and military. A mean looking bulldog head is seen at the top then below that a boy holding a large ball (Rugby?). On the lower part of the flute are three images of a military nature : a cannon, a camoflaged vehicle with roof mounted gun and a motorcycle with sidecar.

The whistle is in good condition with some wear and small dents. The back is darkened and shows a small bit of corrosion. The musical qualities are poor. You can get a single weak tone that varies slightly as you cover the different holes with your fingers.

PW-40

$50.

Pre-War Japan Monkey Basketball Players Whistle

3 and 1/8 inches (8 cm ) tall

EX

This rectangular shape Pre-War Japanese whistle was decorated with many different images. Often the same images that were used on figural shapes or tubular shapes were also done on this rectangular shape. This series of sports themed images does not occur on any of the other shapes. Here you see some monkey-like animals playing basketball (outdoors it seems !) with a scattering of flowers on the mouthpiece. The mouthpiece of these whistles has a divider that gives you a double tone when you blow into it. Condition is excellent.

PW-41

$75.

Pre-War Japan Ice Skaters Whistle

3 and 1/8 inches (8 cm ) tall

EX

This rectangular shape Pre-War Japanese whistle was decorated with many different images. Often the same images that were used on figural shapes or tubular shapes were also done on this rectangular shape. This series of sports themed images does not occur on any of the other shapes. Here you see a couple of ice skaters with a small blue dog frolicking on the mouthpiece. The mouthpiece of these whistles has a divider that gives you a double tone when you blow into it. Condition is excellent.

PW-42

$75

Pre-War Japan Animal Road Race Whistle

3 and 1/8 inches (8 cm ) tall

VG-EX

This rectangular shape Pre-War Japanese whistle was decorated with many different images. Often the same images that were used on figural shapes or tubular shapes were also done on this rectangular shape. This series of sports themed images does not occur on any of the other shapes. Here you see some animals (one is definitely a giraffe) engaging in some sort of road race while wearing unusual jogging outfits. A running monkey like creature is on the mouthpiece. The mouthpiece of these whistles has a divider that gives you a double tone when you blow into it. Condition is very good to excellent with some wear on the edges of the raised center.

PW-43

$75.

Pre-War Japan Baseball Pitcher Whistle

3 and 1/8 inches (8 cm ) tall

VG-EX

This rectangular shape Pre-War Japanese whistle was decorated with many different images. Often the same images that were used on figural shapes or tubular shapes were also done on this rectangular shape. This series of sports themed images does not occur on any of the other shapes. Here you see a wild eyed baseball pitcher about to unleash his pitch. The flowers and small monkey-like creature on the mouthpiece are just another Japanese mystery.The mouthpiece of these whistles has a divider that gives you a double tone when you blow into it. Condition is very good to excellent with some wear on the edges of the raised center.

PW-44

$75.

Pre-War Japan Animals Playing Baseball Whistle

3 and 1/8 inches (8 cm ) tall

VG-EX

This rectangular shape Pre-War Japanese whistle was decorated with many different images. Often the same images that were used on figural shapes or tubular shapes were also done on this rectangular shape. This series of sports themed images does not occur on any of the other shapes. Here you see some monkey-like animals playing baseball with a small blue trophy on the mouthpiece. The mouthpiece of these whistles has a divider that gives you a double tone when you blow into it. Condition is very good to excellent with some wear on the edges of the raised center.

PW-45

$75

Pre-War Japan Baseball Trophy Whistle

2.5 inches (6.2 cm) tall

EX

In the past I had some other whistles with this trophy shape but they were decorated with floral designs. This is the only one I found that had a baseball theme.. The vibrantly colored whistle is in excellent condition and has a pleasant sound. The large eyed animal sitting up on the base of the trophy looks like a dog. What he has to do with baseball is another Japanese mystery.

PW-46

$85

Pre-War Japan Giants Baseball in Mitt Whistle

2.5 inches (6.5 cm) tall

VG

This rare series of three baseball themed Pre-War Japanese whistles each has a bat on the mouthpiece topped by a baseball glove with a baseball cradled in the center. Each baseball has an image of a player on it and the name of the team is written across the mouthpiece.. Colors vary on the backgrounds, and bats. The original woven ribbon cord is attached.

This whistle has the Giants team name on the mouthpiece and a pitcher throwing the ball on the baseball. Condition is very good with a few spots of wear on the top surface.

PW-47

$100.

Pre-War Japan Tigers Baseball in Mitt Whistle

2.5 inches (6.5 cm) tall

VG

This rare series of three baseball themed Pre-War Japanese whistles each has a bat on the mouthpiece topped by a baseball glove with a baseball cradled in the center. Each baseball has an image of a player on it and the name of the team is written across the mouthpiece.. Colors vary on the backgrounds, and bats. The original woven ribbon cord is attached.

This whistle has the Tigers team name on the mouthpiece and a catcher on the baseball. Condition is very good with a few spots of wear on the top surface.

PW-48

$100.

Pre-War Japan Yankees Baseball in Mitt Whistle

2.5 inches (6.5 cm) tall

Fair to Good

This rare series of three baseball themed Pre-War Japanese whistles each has a bat on the mouthpiece topped by a baseball glove with a baseball cradled in the center. Each baseball has an image of a player on it and the name of the team is written across the mouthpiece.. Colors vary on the backgrounds, and bats. The original woven ribbon cord is attached.

This whistle has the Yankees team name on the mouthpiece and a batter hitting the ball on the baseball. Condition is fair to good with a large chip in the litho on the baseball and overall grubbiness. The reverse side is quite darkened and rough with spots of rust.

PW-49

$75.

Pre-War Japan Yankees Baseball in Mitt Whistle

2.5 inches (6.5 cm) tall

VG

This rare series of three baseball themed Pre-War Japanese whistles each has a bat on the mouthpiece topped by a baseball glove with a baseball cradled in the center. Each baseball has an image of a player on it and the name of the team is written across the mouthpiece.. Colors vary on the backgrounds, and bats. The original woven ribbon cord is attached.

This whistle has the Yankees team name on the mouthpiece and a batter hitting the ball on the baseball. Condition is very good and the reverse side is bright..

PW-49A

$100.
Pre-War Japan Baseball Player Whistle

1.25 inches (3.2 cm) tall

VG

This tiny Pre-War Japanese tin whistle is only 1.25 inches tall. The image shows a crouched baseball player just waiting for the ball to be hit his way. Condition is very good and the whistle has a sharp, loud sound....especially for such a small whistle.

PW-50

$80.

Pre-War Japan Boy Baseball Batter Whistle

2 and 3/4 inches (7 cm) tall

EX

This attractive tin pre-war whistle shows a boyish looking batter with Japanese flags hanging in the background. The globe with a plane across it might be a logo for the unknown manufacturer. Condition is excellent and the whistle has a soft double tone.

PW-51

$145.

Pre-War Japan Baseball Pitcher Whistle

2 and 3/8 inches (5.9 cm) tall

VG

The ball player pictured on this Pre-War Japanese tin whistle is an actual human and not comic looking. You can even see a B on his uniform as a help in figuring out what team he plays for. This pitcher has just sent the ball on its way. Condition is very good with some light wear. The whistle is a two-tone one with a shrill, loud sound.

PW-52

$75.

Pre-War Japan Sports Whistle-Cricket? Baseball?

1 and 7/8 inches (4.5 cm) tall

EX

When I first looked at this tin Pre-War Japanese whistle I assumed he was a baseball player. Now I am not so sure...something about the vertically striped leggings and striped cap. Could he be a cricket player or referee did the Japanese artist just take liberties with the uniform? There are embossed areas and lines in the body of the whistle that were meant for a different image. You can see the outline of a hand where none is lithoed. Since the same shape whistle was often used for a variety of designs this is not unusual. Condition is excellent with a nice sharp whistle sound.

PW-53

$75

Pre-War Japan Baseball Catcher Whistle

1 and 7/8 inches (4.6 cm) tall

Good to VG

I am pretty positive that this guy is a baseball catcher due to the protective gear and larger catcher's mitt. The colorful Pre-War Japanese tin whistle is in good to very good condition with some small chips in the litho by his hands. The back of the whistle is in nice condition and the whistle sound is very high pitched.

PW-54

$75.

Pre-War Japan Sports Whistle-Pitcher? Cricket? Baseball?

1.75 inches (4.5 cm) tall

Good

We can be pretty sure this Pre-War Japanese tin whistle shows someone playing some sort of sport. It just is not clear which one. Coild be baseball, possibly cricket, a ball is definitely involved. There is light wear on the raised body of the whistle and the sound is a little weak. The back is darkened and has a spot of light corrosion. Overall condition is good.

PW-55

$65.

Pre-War Japan Baseball Batter Whistle

1 and 7/8 inches (4.8 cm) tall

EX

This colorful tin Pre-War Japanese tin whistle is 1 and 7/8 inches tall. A baseball player stands with his bat on his shoilder, ready for the pitch. The circular background resembles a baseball but with red and green-yellow coloring. The condition is excellent and the whistle has a nice loud sound.

PW-56

$75.
Pre-War Japan Baseball Batter Whistle-Small

1 and 3/8 inches (3.5 cm) tall

VG

This colorful tin Pre-War Japanese tin whistle is 1 and 3/8 inches tall, a smaller version of PW-63. A baseball player stands with his bat on his shoilder, ready for the pitch. The circular background resembles a baseball but with red and green coloring. The condition is very good with darkening on the reverse side and some edge wear. The whistle has a good sound but it is not as loud as the larger version.

PW-57

$50.

Pre-War Japan Bear Baseball Catcher Whistle

1 and 5/8 inches (4 cm) tall

VG

I am assuming that the white, furry animal in the basball catcher's outfit is a bear. This Pre War Japanese tin whistle is fairly small at only 1 and 5/8 inches tall but the sound is strong. A bit of rust on the back of the bear's head and some overall darkening to the back side of the whistle reduces the condition to very good.

PW-58

S80.

Pre-War Japan Baseball Mitt Whistle

1.5 inches (4 cm) tall

Good

This unusual gold-tone tin pre-war whistle in the shape of a baseball mitt is a spinner or whirring whistle. You have to place your lips over the circular spot on the front and blow really hard to make the whirring whistle sound. This whistle is not marked Japan but I am confident that it is Japanese. Condition is Good due to spotty wear on the front and darkening and light roughness on the back.

PW-59

$45.

Pre-War Japan Clown Baseball Player Whistle

1 and 9/16 inches (4 cm) tall

VG-EX

This small pre-war Japanese tin whistle is only about two inches tall. It shows a clown in his baseball uniform, holding a baseball and bat. Condition is very good to excellent with slight darkening on the back side. The whistle has a high pitched sound.

PW-60

$45.

Pre-War Japan Boy in Snow-Ice Skating? Whistle

2 and 5/8 inches (6.7 cm) tall

EX

This larger size pre-war Japanese whistle shows a a snowy winter scene with a warmly dressed boy who appears to be ice-skating. A close examination does not reveal runners on his shoes or skates but that could just be artistic style. Condition is excellent and the whistle has a double tone.

PW-61

$75.

Pre-War Japan Tennis Racket with Flags Whistle

2 and 5/8 inches (6.5 cm) tall

VG -EX

This pre-war Japanese tin whistle is in the shape of a tennis racket. It is decorated with some flags (Japanese, American, French and German seem to be represented) and some balls of differing sizes. The sound is sharp and strong. Condition is excellent with only some darkening on the raised areas on the back.

PW-62

$65.

Pre-war Japan Tennis Player Whistle

1 and 7/8 inches (4.8 cm) tall

VG

This pre-war Japanese tin whistle has a round shape with netting in the background and a smiling man in his tennis whites wielding his tennis racket, ready to return that serve. Condition is very good with a few edge chips and tiny spots of discoloration on the front. The back has small areas of light rust along the seams

PW-63

$75.

Pre-War Japan Pan Flute Sports Whistle

3 and 1/8 inches (8 cm) wide

EX

This very colorful pre-war whistle has a mix of sports litho and flowers. The pan flute shaped whistle has six different whistle tones. Three monkey- humanoid creatures are playing ball on three of the sections and a series of small animals are seen on the mouthpieces of the whistles.

Condition is excellent. The back of the whistle has litho color with a few scratches. This is an unusual and rare Japanese whistle.

PW-64

S145.

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ANIMAL WHISTLES
Pre-War Japan Dressed Animal Whistle-Checked Coat

1 and 7/8 inches (4.7 cm) tall

EX

When I first looked at this series of nattily dressed animals they all looked like cats except for the obvious elephant. Upon closer examination I became less sure of exactly what animal each whistle represented. There are two slightly different shapes...one with pronounced ears and another where the top is a straighter line. The more confusing ones have the straighter line top. All have a degree of embossing on the arms and face.

This one looked like a cat or lion but then why the hairless area around the eyes? Some sort of monkey? Anyway, he's nicely attired in a checked coat and striped pants, holding a flower in a gloved paw. Condition is excellent and the whistle sound has a slight warble.

PW-65

$75.

Pre-War Japan Dressed Animal Whistle-Black and White Cat

1.75 inches (4.3 cm) tall

EX

When I first looked at this series of nattily dressed animals they all looked like cats except for the obvious elephant. Upon closer examination I became less sure of exactly what animal each whistle represented. There are two slightly different shapes...one with pronounced ears and another where the top is a straighter line. All have a degree of embossing on the arms and face.

This is an obvious cat in a lovely yellow suit coat with striped pants, carrying a bouquet of flowers. Condition is excellent , although the back is darkened with age. It makes a nice loud whistle sound.

PW-66

$75.

Pre-War Japan Dressed Elephant Whistle

1 and 7/8 inches (4.7 cm) tall

EX

When I first looked at this series of nattily dressed animals they all looked like cats except for the obvious elephant. Upon closer examination I became less sure of exactly what animal each whistle represented. There are two slightly different shapes...one with pronounced ears and another where the top is a straighter line. All have a degree of embossing on the arms and face.

And this is the obvious elephant. Excellent condition with a warbling whistle sound.

PW-67

$75.

Pre-War Japan Dressed Animal Whistle-Military Uniform

1.75 inches (4.3 cm) tall

VG-EX

When I first looked at this series of nattily dressed animals they all looked like cats except for the obvious elephant. Upon closer examination I became less sure of exactly what animal each whistle represented. There are two slightly different shapes...one with pronounced ears and another where the top is a straighter line. All have a degree of embossing on the arms and face.

This is one of the unknown ones. All we can be sure is that he is wearing a military uniform and has crazy eyes and a strange nose. Condition on the front is excellent but the back is darkened and showing slight roughness around the edge seams.

PW-69

$75.

Pre-War Japan Dressed Animal Whistle- Tabby Cat

1 and 7/8 inches (4.7 cm) tall

VG-EX

When I first looked at this series of nattily dressed animals they all looked like cats except for the obvious elephant. Upon closer examination I became less sure of exactly what animal each whistle represented. There are two slightly different shapes...one with pronounced ears and another where the top is a straighter line. All have a degree of embossing on the arms and face.

My goodness, this tabby cat is practically naked. Nothing but a red bow around the neck. Condition is very good to excellent, there are some tiny chips in the litho and the back is darkened and has a tiny dent. The whistle makes a warbling sound.

PW-70

$75.

Pre-War Japan Dressed Animal Whistle- Monkey with Glasses

1.75 inches (4.3 cm) tall

VG-EX

When I first looked at this series of nattily dressed animals they all looked like cats except for the obvious elephant. Upon closer examination I became less sure of exactly what animal each whistle represented. There are two slightly different shapes...one with pronounced ears and another where the top is a straighter line. All have a degree of embossing on the arms and face.

I will go out on a limb and call this one a monkey. The glasses I am sure of. The rest of the outfit consists of a red coat, striped pants, yellow tie and a book clutched in one hand. The front is excellent but the back has darkening and a spot of corrosion. Nice loud whistle sound.

PW-71

$75.

Pre-War Japan Dressed Animal Whistle- Owl

1.75 inches (4.3 cm) tall

VG

When I first looked at this series of nattily dressed animals they all looked like cats except for the obvious elephant. Upon closer examination I became less sure of exactly what animal each whistle represented. There are two slightly different shapes...one with pronounced ears and another where the top is a straighter line. All have a degree of embossing on the arms and face.

The big eyes, the beak...has to be an owl.. Condition is very good. There is a spot of litho loss on the mouthpiece and the back is darkened and a bit rough around the edges. The whistle sound is strong.

PW-72

$65.

Pre-War Japan Dressed Animal Whistle-Yellow Cat

1 and 7/8 inches (4.7 cm) tall

VG

When I first looked at this series of nattily dressed animals they all looked like cats except for the obvious elephant. Upon closer examination I became less sure of exactly what animal each whistle represented. There are two slightly different shapes...one with pronounced ears and another where the top is a straighter line. All have a degree of embossing on the arms and face.

This cat's yellow face is actually a pointilist arrangement of red and green dots on a yellow background. Condition is very good due to a few small chips in the litho. The whistle sound is a shrill and strong warble.

PW-73

$75.

Pre-War Japan Dressed Animal Whistle- Strange Pig-Nosed Creature

1.75 inches (4.3 cm) tall

Poor

When I first looked at this series of nattily dressed animals they all looked like cats except for the obvious elephant. Upon closer examination I became less sure of exactly what animal each whistle represented. There are two slightly different shapes...one with pronounced ears and another where the top is a straighter line. All have a degree of embossing on the arms and face.

Well I really don't know what to make of this animal dressed in blue overalls and possibly holding some sort of tool. Unfortunately a lot of litho has gone missing so it is hard to tell. Even then what kind of animal has those crazy eyes, pig-like nose and lolling red tongue? Condition is poor due to much missing litho but the whistle sound is still strong.

PW-74

$35.

Pre-War Japan Screaming Monkey Head Whistle

1.75 inches

(4.5 cm) tall

VG-EX

There are quite a few variations of this 1.75 inch (4.5 cm) tall pre-war Japanese whistle. The six-sided 5/8 inch deep part always has an image of an animal, usually just the head ,while the 1 inch long mouthpiece shows a patterned design. Due to the rounded nature of the area where the animal head is , there can be significant wear and chips in the litho. These examples are from my personal collection and tend to be the best condition available. Some images are more common than others.

The screaming monkey head is not that common but I have had more than one. This is the best conditon , very good to excellent with only some edge wear, no chips on the face. The whistle has a warbling sound.

PW-75

$65.

Pre-War Japan Lioness Head Whistle

1.75 inches

(4.5 cm) tall

VG-EX

There are quite a few variations of this 1.75 inch (4.5 cm) tall pre-war Japanese whistle. The six-sided 5/8 inch deep part always has an image of an animal, usually just the head ,while the 1 inch long mouthpiece shows a patterned design. Due to the rounded nature of the area where the animal head is , there can be significant wear and chips in the litho. These examples are from my personal collection and tend to be the best condition available. Some images are more common than others.

I am calling this a lioness because I don't see the big male lion mane. Condition is very good to excellent. No wear or chips but it could stand a cleaning. The whistle has a warbling sound.

PW-76

$65.

Pre-War Japan Bulldog Head Whistle

1.75 inches

(4.5 cm) tall

VG-EX

There are quite a few variations of this 1.75 inch (4.5 cm) tall pre-war Japanese whistle. The six-sided 5/8 inch deep part always has an image of an animal, usually just the head ,while the 1 inch long mouthpiece shows a patterned design. Due to the rounded nature of the area where the animal head is , there can be significant wear and chips in the litho. These examples are from my personal collection and tend to be the best condition available. Some images are more common than others.

The bulldog is a less common image, I have only had this one. The condition is very good to excellent with edge wear and a light scratch across the dog's face. The whistle has a warbling sound.

PW-77

$65.

Pre-War Japan Roaring Lion Head Whistle

1.75 inches

(4.5 cm) tall

VG

There are quite a few variations of this 1.75 inch (4.5 cm) tall pre-war Japanese whistle. The six-sided 5/8 inch deep part always has an image of an animal, usually just the head ,while the 1 inch long mouthpiece shows a patterned design. Due to the rounded nature of the area where the animal head is , there can be significant wear and chips in the litho. These examples are from my personal collection and tend to be the best condition available. Some images are more common than others.

This whistle is one of the gold tone background ones (the others usually had a red background). The roaring lion image is pretty rare. Condition is very good with some overall light wear. The whistle sound is a bit weak.

PW-78

$65.

Pre-War Japan Monkey Head Whistle

1.75 inches

(4.5 cm) tall

Good Plus

There are quite a few variations of this 1.75 inch (4.5 cm) tall pre-war Japanese whistle. The six-sided 5/8 inch deep part always has an image of an animal, usually just the head ,while the 1 inch long mouthpiece shows a patterned design. Due to the rounded nature of the area where the animal head is , there can be significant wear and chips in the litho. These examples are from my personal collection and tend to be the best condition available. Some images are more common than others.

This rare monkey image has the gold tone background. There is a chip in the litho on the monkey's head so overall the condition is good plus. The whistle has a warbling sound.

PW-79

$65.

Pre-War Japan Bear (?) Head Whistle

1.75 inches

(4.5 cm) tall

VG-EX

There are quite a few variations of this 1.75 inch (4.5 cm) tall pre-war Japanese whistle. The six-sided 5/8 inch deep part always has an image of an animal, usually just the head ,while the 1 inch long mouthpiece shows a patterned design. Due to the rounded nature of the area where the animal head is , there can be significant wear and chips in the litho. These examples are from my personal collection and tend to be the best condition available. Some images are more common than others.

This strange droop nosed bear image is actually pretty common. He shows up on other whistles as well so I keep thinking he might be a character image of some sort...I just don't know who. This one is the best condition one I have had (very good to excellent). The whistle has a strong warbling sound.

PW-80

$65.

Pre-War Japan Bull Head Whistle

1.75 inches

(4.5 cm) tall

VG-EX

There are quite a few variations of this 1.75 inch (4.5 cm) tall pre-war Japanese whistle. The six-sided 5/8 inch deep part always has an image of an animal, usually just the head ,while the 1 inch long mouthpiece shows a patterned design. Due to the rounded nature of the area where the animal head is , there can be significant wear and chips in the litho. These examples are from my personal collection and tend to be the best condition available. Some images are more common than others.

The image of the bull is a rare one on the gold tone background. Condition is very good to excellent. The whistle has a warbling sound.

PW-81

$75.

Pre-War Japan Dog Head Whistle

1.75 inches

(4.5 cm) tall

VG-EX

There are quite a few variations of this 1.75 inch (4.5 cm) tall pre-war Japanese whistle. The six-sided 5/8 inch deep part always has an image of an animal, usually just the head ,while the 1 inch long mouthpiece shows a patterned design. Due to the rounded nature of the area where the animal head is , there can be significant wear and chips in the litho. These examples are from my personal collection and tend to be the best condition available. Some images are more common than others.

This dog on the gold tone background is one of the uncommon images. Condition is very good to excellent. There is some light wear on nthe mouthpiece. The whistle has a good warbling sound.

PW-82

$75.

Pre-War Japan Rooster Head Whistle

1.75 inches

(4.5 cm) tall

EX

There are quite a few variations of this 1.75 inch (4.5 cm) tall pre-war Japanese whistle. The six-sided 5/8 inch deep part always has an image of an animal, usually just the head ,while the 1 inch long mouthpiece shows a patterned design. Due to the rounded nature of the area where the animal head is , there can be significant wear and chips in the litho. These examples are from my personal collection and tend to be the best condition available. Some images are more common than others.

This whistle showing a rooster head is not common and this one is in excellent condition with a strong warbling sound.

PW-83

$65.

Pre-War Japan Rabbit Head Whistle

1.75 inches

(4.5 cm) tall

There are quite a few variations of this 1.75 inch (4.5 cm) tall pre-war Japanese whistle. The six-sided 5/8 inch deep part always has an image of an animal, usually just the head ,while the 1 inch long mouthpiece shows a patterned design. Due to the rounded nature of the area where the animal head is , there can be significant wear and chips in the litho. These examples are from my personal collection and tend to be the best condition available. Some images are more common than others.

This rabbit image on the gold tone background is rare. Condition is very good to excellent with minor wear and a slightly weak warbling sound.

PW-84

$75.

Pre-War Japan Horse Head Whistle

1.75 inches

(4.5 cm) tall

Good

There are quite a few variations of this 1.75 inch (4.5 cm) tall pre-war Japanese whistle. The six-sided 5/8 inch deep part always has an image of an animal, usually just the head ,while the 1 inch long mouthpiece shows a patterned design. Due to the rounded nature of the area where the animal head is , there can be significant wear and chips in the litho. These examples are from my personal collection and tend to be the best condition available. Some images are more common than others.

The horse head image is rare but this example has a bent corner on the mouthpiece and darkening on both the mouthpiece and around the top of the horse's head. So I have rated it good condition. The whistle has a warbling sound.

PW-85

$50.

Pre-War Japan Comic Rabbit Head Whistle

1.75 inches

(4.5 cm) tall

VG

There are quite a few variations of this 1.75 inch (4.5 cm) tall pre-war Japanese whistle. The six-sided 5/8 inch deep part always has an image of an animal, usually just the head ,while the 1 inch long mouthpiece shows a patterned design. Due to the rounded nature of the area where the animal head is , there can be significant wear and chips in the litho. These examples are from my personal collection and tend to be the best condition available. Some images are more common than others.

Doesn't this comic rabbit image remind you of a more contemporary comic rabbit? I have only seen this one example. Condition is very good. There are some light scratches around his ears and the back has darkened with age. The warbling whistle sound is good.

PW-87

$85.

Pre-War Japan Red Turtle Head (Kappa) Whistle

1.75 inches

(4.5 cm) tall

VG

There are quite a few variations of this 1.75 inch (4.5 cm) tall pre-war Japanese whistle. The six-sided 5/8 inch deep part always has an image of an animal, usually just the head ,while the 1 inch long mouthpiece shows a patterned design. Due to the rounded nature of the area where the animal head is , there can be significant wear and chips in the litho. These examples are from my personal collection and tend to be the best condition available. Some images are more common than others.

This red turtle head represents Kappa, a Japanese water creature who has a bit of a bad reputation. I hae had more than one of this whistle but this is the best condition (very good). There are no chips on the face and the whistle sound is strong and warbling.

PW-88

$65.

Pre-War Japan Tiger Head Whistle

1.75 inches

(4.5 cm) tall

VG

There are quite a few variations of this 1.75 inch (4.5 cm) tall pre-war Japanese whistle. The six-sided 5/8 inch deep part always has an image of an animal, usually just the head ,while the 1 inch long mouthpiece shows a patterned design. Due to the rounded nature of the area where the animal head is , there can be significant wear and chips in the litho. These examples are from my personal collection and tend to be the best condition available. Some images are more common than others.

This tiger head image is quite uncommon. The pattern on the mouthpiece is also unusual. Condition is very good with a spot of wear on the mouthpiece. The whistle has a warbling sound.

PW-89

$65.

Pre-War Japan Open Mouth Cat With Scarf Whistle

2 5/8 inches

(6.7 cm) tall

EX

There are two shape variations of these large cat whistles. This one has the less defined, rounded ears, the other has pointed ears. All cats have an open mouth. The cat eyes are large and wide open on this version and the cat has a tortise shell pattern coat. The cat is weraing a long red scarf.

This whistle is marked Foreign instead of Made in Japan. This is often the case with items that were exported to countries other than the USA.

Condition is excellent with a nice loud whistle sound. The back is darkened with some light rough spots.

PW-90

$95.

Pre-War Japan Open Mouth Cat With Scarf Whistle

2 5/8 inches

(6.7 cm) tall

VG-EX

There are two shape variations of these large cat whistles. This one has the less defined, rounded ears, the other has pointed ears. All cats have an open mouth. The cat eyes are large and wide open on this version and the cat has a tortise shell pattern coat. The cat is weraing a long red scarf.

This whistle is marked Foreign instead of Made in Japan. This is often the case with items that were exported to countries other than the USA

There is a gold undertone to this litho variation and the coat has a darker colored pattern. Condition is very good to excellent with a thin scratch across the cat's chest. The whistle has a nice loud tone.

PW-91

$95.

Pre-War Japan Open Mouth Spotted Cat Whistle

2 5/8 inches

(6.7 cm) tall

Good-VG

There are two shape variations of these large cat whistles. This one has the pointed ears. All cats have an open mouth. The cat eyes are large and wide open on this version and the cat has a tortise shell pattern coat. The cat is weraing a long red scarf.

There is a gold undertone to this litho variation. Condition is good to very good with some areas of wear on the body and above one eye. The whistle has a nice loud tone.

PW-92

$95.

Pre-War Japan Open Mouth Tabby Cat Whistle

2 5/8 inches

(6.7 cm) tall

EX

This large cat shaped whistle is one of two litho variations and two shape variations. This shape has the pointy ears.The cat is a striped tabby with slightly squinty eyes. The large 2 and 5/8 inch tall pre-war Japanese whistle is in excellent condition with a nice loud whistle sound and only some minor wear.

PW-93

$95.

Pre-War Japan Dog Whistle

1 and 3/8 inches (3.5 cm) tall

Good

I kept thinking this dog was a space traveler because his neck and collar were so wide it looked like he had on a helmet. Probably not , just a strange blue dog with yellow dots. The whistle sound is high pitched and overall condition is good with some scattered edge wear.

PW-95

$45.

Pre-War Japan Comic Smoking Hippo Whistle

2.75 inches (7 cm) tall

EX

This colorful pre-war tin whistle shows a pipe smoking hippo dressed in a three piece suit strolling along with a bird on his hat. Two smiling flowers decorate the mouthpiece of this two tone whistle. Condition is excellent although the back is darkened. There is a strong whistle sound.

PW-96

$75.

Pre-War Japan Comic Smoking Hippo Whistle-Color Variation

2.75 inches (7 cm) tall

Good

This colorful pre-war tin whistle shows a pipe smoking hippo dressed in a three piece suit strolling along with a bird on his hat. Two smiling flowers decorate the mouthpiece of this two tone whistle. The colors are a variation of PW-

Condition is good . There is litho loss on the mouthpiece and someone was biting down too hard so the whistle sound is weaker.

PW-97

$55.

Pre-War Japan Comic Animal Band Whistle

2 and 7/8 inches (7 cm) talll

EX

This large tin pre-war Japanese whistle is a double tone with raised tubes. A happy group of comic-looking animals is playing musical instruments or balancing on a beach ball. On the mouthpiece a cat chases a bird.

Condition is excellent with only a minor chip or two and the whistle tone is good. This is the only example of this whistle that I have found over the years.

PW-98

$95.

Pre-War Japan Cat Soldier Whistle

2.75 inches (7 cm) tall

EX

This colorful tin pre-war Japanese whistle has the usual Japanese dichotomy of war-like images with happy colors and flowers. A cat (I assume) dressed as a soldier is holding a white flag with a bird (of peace?) on it. There is a rainbow colored background. On the mouthpiece is an armoured vehicle with guns.

This is a two tone whistle with a nice loud tone. Condition is generally excellent with some wear on the edge of the mouthpiece. Another case of "this is the only one I found".

PW-99

$85.

Pre-War Japan Bird Attacking Creature Whistle

2.75 inches (7 cm) tall

EX

I found two litho variations of this pre-war Japanese whistle. Both show a pointy eared creature being attacked by a bird. A naked kewpie-like figure is seen on the mouthpiece. This version has a rainbow striped background and a scattering of flowers.

Condition is excellent with a strong double tone.

PW-100

$85.

Pre-War Japan Bird Attacking Creature Whistle Variation

2.75 inches (7 cm) tall

EX

This is the second litho variationsof this pre-war Japanese whistle. Both show a pointy eared creature being attacked by a bird. A naked kewpie-like figure is seen on the mouthpiece. This version has a solid red background and the Kewpie baby is larger.

Condition is excellent with a strong double tone.

PW-101

$85.

Pre-War Japan Musical Duck Whistle

2.75 inches (7 cm) tall

VG-EX

Musical themes seem natural for a whistle and this pre-war Japanese example has a combination of musical staff, notes, patterns, flowers and a duck holding a musical instrument in his beak.

The raised tube double tone whistle has a pleasant sound. Condition is very good to excellent.

PW-102

$45.

Pre-War Japan Musical Hippo Whistle

2.75 inches (7 cm) tall

VG-EX

Musical themes seem natural for a whistle and this pre-war Japanese example has a combination of musical notes, patterns, stars and a hippo with an open mouth (he must be singing).

The raised tube double tone whistle has a pleasant sound. Condition is very good to excellent.

PW-103

$45.

Pre-War Japan Hiking Rabbit Whistle

2.75 inches (6.8 cm) tall

VG-EX

This unusual rocket shaped whistle comes in three different lithos (that I have found). This example has a rainbow striped background, a dressed rabbit with a backpack and a scattering of flowers on the mouthpiece and around the rabbit.

The condition is very good to excellent with some small chips near the edge and a darkened back. The double sound is loud and shrill.

PW-104

$85.

Pre-War Japan Monkey Whistle

2 inches (5 cm) tall

EX

This 2 inch tall pre-war Japan whistle shape was used quite often for a lot of different images. The monkey depicted on this whistle has delicate detail in the litho. Some red fruits are on the mouthpiece.

These whistles were mass produced and I sometimes see duplicates but this is one of the harder ones to find. Condition is excellent with only a light stain near the corner of the monkey's mouth. The whistle has a slight warble sound.

PW-105

$75.

Pre-War Japan Strange Creature in Scarf

2 inches (5 cm) tall

EX

This 2 inch tall pre-war Japan whistle shape was used quite often for a lot of different images. I am not sure what or who this creature is. If you know, please let me know. It has to be a Japanese character of some kind.

These whistles were mass produced and I sometimes see duplicates but this is one of the harder ones to find. Condition is excellent and the whistle has a slight warble sound.

PW-106

$85.

Pre-War Japan Bird in Top Hat and Tails

2 and 5/8 inches (6.8 cm) tall

EX

This pre-war Japanese tin whistle has a shrill double tone. A bird dressed in a top hat, tails, a white vest and red shorts (!) strides along with a cane tucked under one wing. Stylized roses decorate the background.. Condition is excellent.

PW-107

$65.

Pre-War Japan Animal Ancestors Whistle

2 inches (5 cm) tall

VG-EX

This 2 inch tall pre-war Japan whistle shape was used quite often for a lot of different images. The animals depicted on this whistle are Tanuki and a rabbit. I think they are both a couple of the Japanese Animal Ancestors. Tanuki , a raccoon like creature is a shape shifter. I am not sure who the guy on the mouthpiece is but he is so specific looking that he has to be someone.

These whistles were mass produced and I sometimes see duplicates but I have never seen another like this one. Condition is very good to excellent with a little bit of wear at the top edge. The whistle has a warbling sound.

PW-109

$95.

Pre-War Japan Giraffe with Monkey Double Tone Whistle

3 and 3/16 inches (8 cm) tall

VG-EX

This image of a spectacles wearing giraffe dressed in a three piece suit with a paper tucked under one arm and an umbrella held with the other shows up on quite a few differnt Japanese whistle shapes. The giraffe has a small dressed monkey hanging onto his horns while it balances on the giraffe's neck. A strange image to be sure but one that must have had some meaning to be repeated so often. But then maybe I am reading too much into this and it is just a case of reusing a whimsical image.

Condition on this double tone whistle is very good to excellent. There are is some light wear on the front. The colors are muted by design. The back has some small light stains.

PW-110

$65

Pre-War Japan Figural Giraffe with Monkey Whistle

2.75 inches (7 cm) tall

VG-EX

This image of a spectacles wearing giraffe dressed in a three piece suit with a paper tucked under one arm and an umbrella held with the other shows up on quite a few differnt Japanese whistle shapes. The giraffe has a small dressed monkey hanging onto his horns while it balances on the giraffe's neck. A strange image to be sure but one that must have had some meaning to be repeated so often. But then maybe I am reading too much into this and it is just a case of reusing a whimsical image.

Here we see the giraffe on a figural shaped whistle that is probably the most common pre-war Japanese whistle shape. It is clearly a humanoid shape with ears, head and body that could be adapted to many designs, including this one.

Condition is very good to excellent with bright, strong colors and a strong whistle sound. There are a few small chips in the litho.

PW-111

$75.

Pre-War Japan Figural Giraffe with Monkey Whistle-Small Size

1 and 15/16 inches (4.8 cm) tall

EX

This image of a spectacles wearing giraffe dressed in a three piece suit with a paper tucked under one arm and an umbrella held with the other shows up on quite a few differnt Japanese whistle shapes. The giraffe has a small dressed monkey hanging onto his horns while it balances on the giraffe's neck.

This shape is a smaller figural one that was used for many images, people and animals and here we see the giraffe and monkey in a smaller form. Condition is excellent with a sharp, loud whistle sound.

PW-112

$55.

Pre-War Japan Long Flute Whistle-Animals

8 inches (20.5 cm) tall

There are quite a few different flutes found in the pre-war Japanese whistles. Most are not as long as this one is at 8 inches .A collection of differnt animals decorates the length of the flute on both sides. With six holes to cover as you blow into the flute, actual music can be created. Not great but certainly a variety of tones. Condition is excellent.

PW-113

$50.

Pre-War Japan Monkey in Uniform Whistle

1 and 15/16 inches (4.8 cm) tall

EX

This shape is a smaller figural one that was used for many images, people and animals. I first thought I was looking at a monkey sailor but then decided that it was more of a Boy Scout uniform. This is one I have only seen once in any size.

Condition is excellent with a sharp, loud whistle sound.

PW-114

$55.
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COMIC and ANIMAL CHARACTER WHISTLES
Pre-War Japan Marching Norakuro Whistle

2.75 inches (7 cm) tall

Fair to Good

Norakuro or Black Dog was a character that appears on a lot of pre-war Japanese whistles. Here we see him marching along playing some sort of large horn. A hippo head wearing a bowler hat is seen on the mouthpiece.

The double tone whistle has a nice loud sound. Condition is fair to good with small chips and wear in the litho and a darkening to the back of the whistle.

PW-118

$45.

Pre-War Japan Norakuro Head Whistle

1.75 inches

(4.5 cm) tall

VG-EX

There are quite a few variations of this 1.75 inch (4.5 cm) tall pre-war Japanese whistle. The six-sided 5/8 inch deep part always has an image of an animal, usually just the head ,while the 1 inch long mouthpiece shows a patterned design.

Here we see Norakuro (Black Dog), one of the few depictions of a comic character on this shape whistle. Condition is very good to excellent with only a few minor chips on the edges. The whistle has a warbling sound.

PW-119

$85.

Pre-War Japan Figural Betty Boop Whistle

2.75 inches (7 cm) tall

EX

This is probably the most common pre-war Japanese whistle shape. It is clearly a humanoid shape with ears, head and body that could be adapted to many designs, including this one. Here we see Betty Boop in a red dress with her garter showing. She is not the only character, famous person, or moviestar to show up on this whistle shape.

Condition is excellent and the whistle has a pleasant sound.

PW-120

$175.

Pre-War Japan Figural Harold Lloyd Whistle

2.75 inches (7 cm) tall

EX

This is probably the most common pre-war Japanese whistle shape. It is clearly a humanoid shape with ears, head and body that could be adapted to many designs, including this one. Here we see silent film star Harold Lloyd wearing his signature spectacles and holding the straw boater that he often wore. He is not the only character, famous person, or moviestar to show up on this whistle shape.

Condition is excellent and the whistle has a pleasant sound.

PW-121

$150.

Pre-War Japan Betty Boop Head with Graphic Design Whistle

2.5 inches (6.5 cm) tall

Good

This double tone pre-war Japanese whistle has a graphic image of cutved stripes topped by Betty Boop's head. The whistle has a very strong sound. Condition is good due to overall grubbiness on the surface and some light rust stains. The back is darkened with age.

PW-122

$75.

Pre-War Japan Norakuro Head Whistle

2.5 inches (6.2 cm) tall

EX

The whistle part of this pre-war Japanese whistle is only in the mouthpiec, thus the sound is high pitched. The upper round part is embossed with a Norakuro (Black Dog) head. Condition is excellent on this colorful and unusual whistle.

PW-123

$175.

Pre-War Japan Norakuro with Graphic Design Whistle

2.5 inches (6.5 cm) tall

VG

This double tone pre-war Japanese whistle has graphic design images topped by Norakuro's head. The whistle has a very strong sound. Condition is very good. This whistle has the gold undertone of the earlier pre-war whistles. The colors are strong and the surface has some minor wear with chips on the raised areas..

PW-124

$75.

Pre-War Japan Figural Eddie Cantor Whistle

2.75 inches (7 cm) tall

EX

This is probably the most common pre-war Japanese whistle shape. It is clearly a humanoid shape with ears, head and body that could be adapted to many designs, including this one. Here we see Eddie Cantor, an early silent film star. He is not the only character, famous person, or moviestar to show up on this whistle shape.

Condition is excellent and the whistle has a pleasant sound.

PW-125

$150.

Pre-War Japan Chaplinesque Figure Whistle

1.75 inches (4.4 cm) tall

VG

He looks like Chaplin but there is a possiblity that this character is a French comedian, a contemporary of Chaplin (name unknown by me). He holds a thin cigar or cigarette and a cane. The mustache looks like Chaplin but not the hair...too blond.

Condition on this small whistle is very good. There are some chips in the litho on the mouthpiece. The whistle sound is good but you have to really blow.

PW-126

$80.

Pre-War Japan Small Charlie Chaplin Whistle

1 and 3/8 inches (3.5 cm) tall

Good

The character depicted on this very small pre-war Japanese whistle is definitely Charlie Chaplin.. Some of the gold undertone has darkened or worn, as it was prone to do. The whistle sound is almost non-existant. Thus the Good condition designation.

PW-127

$85.

Pre-War Japan Figural Charlie Chaplin Holding Hat Whistle

2.75 inches (7 cm) tall

EX

This is probably the most common pre-war Japanese whistle shape. It is clearly a humanoid shape with ears, head and body that could be adapted to many designs, including this one. Charlie Chaplin was very popular during the time these Japanese whistles were produced and shows up in various forms. Here he is holding his signature bowler hat with the bow-legged stance he was known for and the thin cane that he would often twirl.

Condition is excellent and the whistle makes a pleasant warbling sound.

PW-128

$165.

Pre-War Japan Figural Charlie Chaplin with Green Coat Whistle

2.75 inches (7 cm) tall

VG-EX

This is probably the most common pre-war Japanese whistle shape. It is clearly a humanoid shape with ears, head and body that could be adapted to many designs, including this one. Charlie Chaplin was very popular during the time these Japanese whistles were produced and shows up in various forms. Here he is wearing his signature bowler hat with the bow-legged stance he was known for and the thin cane that he would often twirl.

Condition is very good to excellent due to an unfortunate scratch through his mustache. The whistle makes a pleasant warbling sound.

PW-129

$165.

Pre-War Japan Figural Charlie Chaplin with Yellow Coat Whistle

2.75 inches (7 cm) tall

EX

This is probably the most common pre-war Japanese whistle shape. It is clearly a humanoid shape with ears, head and body that could be adapted to many designs, including this one. Charlie Chaplin was very popular during the time these Japanese whistles were produced and shows up in various forms. Here he is wearing his signature bowler hat with the bow-legged stance he was known for and the thin cane that he would often twirl. The coat is yellow in this variation.

Condition is excellent. The whistle makes a pleasant warbling sound.

PW-130

$165.

Pre-War Japan Kewpie in Suit Spinner Whistle

1.75 inches (4.3 cm) tall

VG-EX

This small figural spinner whistle is a Kewpie dressed in a suit. These spinner whistles are the sort of thing that would be banned due to the danger of choking in today's world. Kids took their chances back in the 1920's. You have to actually place the whistle between your lips and blow out...hard. Suck in and that whistle goes right down your throat!

Condition is very good to excellent with some small areas of wear. If you have the right technique you'll get a loud whirring whistle sound.

PW-131

$85.

Pre-War Kewpie in Red Spinner Whistle

1.75 inches (4.3 cm) tall

VG-EX

This small figural spinner whistle is a Kewpie dressed in a red romper. These spinner whistles are the sort of thing that would be banned due to the danger of choking in today's world. Kids took their chances back in the 1920's. You have to actually place the whistle between your lips and blow out...hard. Suck in and that whistle goes right down your throat!

Condition is very good to excellent with some edge wear. If you have the right technique you'll get a loud whirring whistle sound.

PW-132

$85.

Pre-War Japan Kewpie in Blue Spinner Whistle

1.75 inches (4.3 cm) tall

VG-EX

This small figural spinner whistle is a Kewpie dressed in a blue romper and wearing a headband.. These spinner whistles are the sort of thing that would be banned due to the danger of choking in today's world. Kids took their chances back in the 1920's. You have to actually place the whistle between your lips and blow out...hard. Suck in and that whistle goes right down your throat!

Condition is very good to excellent with some edge wear. If you have the right technique you'll get a loud whirring whistle sound.

PW-133

$85.

Pre-War Japan Superman Whistle and Clicker

2 and 5/8 inches (6.7 cm) tall

EX

This teenage-appearing Superman is on an item that is a whistle and a clicker. There is some question as to whether this is a pre or post war whistle. It could go either way. I have never had another one. Both clicker and whistle have a small sound. Condition is excellent and colors are bright. The top portion is the clicker and the mouthpiece for the whistle is at the bottom.

PW-134

$95.

Pre-War Japan Kewpie in Top Hat and Tails Whistle

2.75 inches (6.8 cm) tall

EX

This unusual rocket shaped whistle comes in three different lithos (that I have found). This tophat and tuxedo dressed Kewpie stands against a rainbow colored background with some floral and leaf decorations. Condition is excellent on the double tone whistle which has an exceptionally loud sound.

PW-135

$110.

Pre-War Japan Harold Lloyd with Red Hat Spinner Whistle

1.75 inches (4.3 cm) tall

VG

These spinner whistles are the sort of thing that would be banned due to the danger of choking in today's world. Kids took their chances back in the 1920's. You have to actually place the whistle between your lips and blow out...hard. Suck in and that whistle goes right down your throat!

This small figural spinner whistle appears to be Harold Lloyd, silent film star. I am making that idntification based on the spectacles and hat (although the shape of the hat has been dictated by the shape of the whistle). Condition on this example is very good with some edge wear. If you have the right technique you'll get a loud whirring whistle sound.

PW-136

$65.

Pre-War Japan Harold Lloyd with Yellow Hat Spinner Whistle

1.75 inches (4.3 cm) tall

VG

These spinner whistles are the sort of thing that would be banned due to the danger of choking in today's world. Kids took their chances back in the 1920's. You have to actually place the whistle between your lips and blow out...hard. Suck in and that whistle goes right down your throat!

This small figural spinner whistle appears to be Harold Lloyd, silent film star. I am making that idntification based on the spectacles and hat (although the shape of the hat has been dictated by the shape of the whistle). Condition on this example is very good. The front has light stains and wear. The back shows rust. If you have the right technique you'll get a loud whirring whistle sound.

PW-137

$65.

Pre-War Japan Figural Mickey Mouse Whistle

2.75 inches (7 cm) tall

EX

This is probably the most common pre-war Japanese whistle shape. It is clearly a humanoid shape with ears, head and body that could be adapted to many designs, including this one. Here we see an early pie-eyed Mickey Mouse....not licensed by Disney, of course, because the Japanese manufacturers did not go along with those niceties.

Condition is excellent and the whistle has a pleasant slightly warbling sound.

PW-138

$195.

Pre-War Japan Child Dressed as Mickey Mouse Whistle

2.75 inches (7 cm) tall

EX

This representation of Mickey Mouse is in the form of a child in a costume. The purpose of the lion head on the mouthpiece is anyone's guess (MGM?). The whistle is in excellent condition with a pleasant double tone.

PW-139

$95.

Pre-War Japan Shirley Temple Playing Accordion Whistle

2.75 inches (7 cm) tall

VG-EX

This pre-war Japanese tin whistle has an image of a curley haired darling dancing while playing an accordion. I'm thinking Shirley Temple. A circus elephant on the mouthpiece is just a happy addition. Condition is very good to excellent with some small spots of litho loss.The whistle has a pleasant double tone.

PW-140

$110.

Pre-War Japan Figural Norakuro with Bear Whistle-Small Size

1 and 15/16 inches (4.8 cm) tall

VG-EX

This smaller size figural shape pre-war whistle has an image of Norakuro (Black Dog), saluting while riding on the shoulders of a bear. The same image, which might be a political caricature (Russian bear), appears on different shapes.

This example is in very good to excellent condition with a sharp whistle sound and only some light wear.

PW-141

$65.

Pre-War Japan Norakuro with Bear Double Tone Whistle

3 and 1/8 inches (8 cm) tall

VG-EX

Here is the same Norakuro (Black Dog), saluting while riding on the shoulders of a bear image on the rectangular, double tone whistle. The same image, which might be a political caricature (Russian bear) appears on many different shapes. This example has muted colors and is in very good to excellent condition. The whistle has a good sound.

PW-142

$50.

Pre-War Japan Figural Norakuro with Bear Whistle

2.75 inches (7 cm) tall

VG-EX

This is probably the most common pre-war Japanese whistle shape. It is clearly a humanoid shape with ears, head and body that could be adapted to many designs, including this one: Norakuro (Black Dog), saluting while riding on the shoulders of a bear which might be a political caricature (Russian bear). The mouthpiece has an added image of what appears to be a cannon.

Condition on this whistle is very good to excellent with some minor flakes in the litho and a good sound.

PW-143

$75.

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PEOPLE WHISTLES
Pre-War Japan Gardener Whistle-Figural Shape

2.75 inches (7cm) tall

EX

Marked made in Japan. This early tin litho whistle is 2.75 inches (7 cm) tall. The shape of this whistle was used for many characters and the litho on this one depicts a gardener in his apron and cap with feather, watering his tulip. This same image shows up again and again in Japanese Pre-War whistles. The shapes of the whistles and sometimes the litho colors or artwork style changes but the basic idea remains the same.

This whistle is in excellent condition. Colors are bright and the surface is shiny. The whistle makes a nice crisp sound. Made in Japan, 1930's vintage.

PW-144

$50.

Pre-War Japan Gardener Whistle-Rectangular

3 and 1/8 inches

(8 cm) tall

Fair to Good

This pre-war Japanese tin whistle is a bit more than 3 inches (8 cm) tall. The series of whistles that are this rectangular shape come in a variety of designs. One of the images that occurs not only on this rectangular shape but on other shapes as well is this one : the gardener in his apron and cap with feather, watering his tulip. Here the image is more detailed and delicate and the litho colors are more muted..

This whistle is in fair to good condition. The surface has numerous small chips and dings, especially along the raised edges. This particular whistle has a tiny spot of corrosion on the side of the mouthpiece. This is a two-tone whistle. Made in Japan, 1930's vintage. It has a pleasant whistle sound.

PW-145

$25.

Pre-War Japan Two-Side Tube Whistle-Gardener and Girl with Doll

2 inches (5 cm) tall

VG

This type of whistle consists of a tube with a whirring spinner inside. The tube whistles were typically lithoed with images that could also be found on other pre war Japanese whistles. So you find the gardener watering his tulip along with the girl holding her doll. You will see these same images seperately on other shaped whistles.

This tube whistle is 2 inches (5 cm) tall. Condition is very good on both images but the litho is splotchy. Not wear but a sort of grainy quality, especially in close-up. The whirring spinner produces a siren sound (if you can produce a strong enough breath).

PW-146

$35.

Pre-War Japan Sailor and Ape Tube Whistle

2 inches (5 cm) tall

VG

This type of whistle consists of a tube with a whirring spinner inside. The tube whistles were typically lithoed with images that could also be found on other pre war Japanese whistles.This one with the sailor, balancing on a striped ball and a chimp standing on the shoulders of a little boy seems to only show up on this whistle although I have seen the sailor on the ball by himself on a small whistle..

The condition is very good with bright colors and only a few chips. The litho does have a grainy quality that is apparent more in a close-up than with the naked eye. The whirring spinner produces a siren sound (if you can produce a strong enough breath).

PW-147

$35.

Pre-War Japan Two Side Tube Whistle-Hunter and Girl with Basket

2 inches (5 cm) tall

VG-EX

This type of whistle consists of a tube with a whirring spinner inside. The tube whistles were typically lithoed with images that could also be found on other pre war Japanese whistles. So you find the hunter with gun and Scottie dog along with the girl with the basket over her arm. You will see these same images seperately on other shaped whistles.

This tube whistle is 2 inches (5 cm) tall. Condition is very good to excellent. The whirring spinner produces a siren sound (if you can produce a strong enough breath).

PW-148

$35.

Pre-War Japan Princess Whistle

2.75 inches (6.8 cm) tall

Fair

This unusual rocket shaped whistle comes in three different lithos (that I have found). This princess with crown on a rainbow striped background with scattered flowers is one of the three. Condition is only fair with assorted chips and wear in the litho surface. I have not found another better one yet. The double tone sound is pleasant.

PW-149

$25.

Pre-War Japan Dancing Couple Whistle-Patterned Skirt

2 and 3/8 inches (6 cm) tall

EX

So far I have found three different litho designs on this dancing couple shaped whistle. The variations are all in color and the pattern on the woman's gown. This example with the grid patterned gown is in excellent condition and one of the hardest to find. The whistle sound is good.

PW-150

$75.

Pre-War Japan Dancing Couple Whistle- Blue Tux

2 and 3/8 inches (6 cm) tall

EX

So far I have found three different litho designs on this dancing couple shaped whistle. The variations are all in color and the pattern on the woman's gown. This example with the flower patterned gown is in excellent condition and is one of the more common ones. The whistle sound is good.

PW-151

$75.

Pre-War Japan Dancing Couple Whistle-Flower Pattern Skirt

2 and 3/8 inches (6 cm) tall

Fair

So far I have found three different litho designs on this dancing couple shaped whistle. The variations are all in color and the pattern on the woman's gown. This example with the flower patterned gown iand dark tux is in fair condition due to litho loss on the body and mouthpiece. It is one of the more unusual ones. The whistle sound is a bit weak.

PW-152

$45.

Pre-War Japan Cowboy Whistle

2 inches (5 cm) tall

EX

This image of a cowboy is on a whistle shape that was used for a series of military figures. I have only seen this one example. Condition is excellent although the back is darkened with age.. The whistle sound is good.

PW-153

$65.
Pre-War Japan Black Girl Whistle

2 inches (5 cm) tall

EX

The shape of this whistle looks as if it was meant especially for this image of a small black girl. I have seen the shape used one other time for a soldier (PW-180 and he did not fit it the way she does. Condition is excellent with a sharp, loud whistle sound.

PW-154

$65.

Pre-War Japan Geisha Whistle

2 inches (5 cm) tall

EX

This 2 inch tall pre-war Japan whistle shape was used quite often for a lot of different images. Here we see a geisha in a kimono holding a fan. Condition is excellent with a warbling whistle sound.

PW-155

$75.

Pre-War Japan Figural Ghandi in White Whistle

2.75 inches (7 cm) tall

EX

This is probably the most common pre-war Japanese whistle shape. It is clearly a humanoid shape with ears, head and body that could be adapted to many designs, including this one: Ghandi in a white robe. There is no question that this is Ghandi. Why you would find him on a child's whistle is a mystery even though the Japanese did not shy from using military and historical images on their whistles. Check out those pointy teeth...sort of like Ghandi as a vampire

Condition is excellent on this rare whistle. The sound is good and quite loud.

PW-156

$175.

Pre-War Japan Figural Ghandi in Red Whistle

2.75 inches (7 cm) tall

EX

This is probably the most common pre-war Japanese whistle shape. It is clearly a humanoid shape with ears, head and body that could be adapted to many designs, including this one: Ghandi in a red robe. There is no question that this is Ghandi. Why you would find him on a child's whistle is a mystery even though the Japanese did not shy from using military and historical images on their whistles. The teeth are not as pointy on this version but still very sparse.

Condition is excellent on this rare whistle. The sound is good and quite loud.

PW-157

$175.

Pre-War Japan Girl in Hood Whistle

1.75 inches (4.3 cm) tall

VG-EX

This pre-war Japanese whistle shows a girl's head wearing a hood or scarf. This shape was also used for different images as was usual in the Japanese manufacturing world. The condition on this example is very good to excellent with light wear and a bit of wear on the mouthpiece.

PW-158

$65.

Pre-War Japan G-Man Whistle

2.75 inches (7 cm) tall

VG

This pre-war Japanese whistle was definitely produced for the American market. A spiffy gentleman in a checked suit is seen under the emblem "G"Man. A Junior G-Man badge decorates the right corner. Condition on this whistle is very good. The back is darkened and has some corrosion. The whistle should have a double tone but only one side seems to be working.

PW-159

$95.

Pre-War Japan Oriental Man Whistle

2 inches (5 cm) tall

EX

This 2 inch tall pre-war Japan whistle shape was used quite often for a lot of different images. This oriental man in red robes is one of the uncommon ones. This whistle has the gold undertone usually found on earlier whistles. Condition is excellent and the whistle has a warbling sound.

PW-160

$75.

Pre-War Japan Mirror with Girl Holding Kewpie Doll Whistle

2 and 7/16 inches (6.2 cm) tall

VG

I have only found two of these hand mirror shaped whistles. This one shows a long haired girl holding a Kewpi doll. It is as if the image is reflected in the mirror. Condition is very good with some wear along the edges. The whistle sound is pretty weak.

PW-161

$85.

Pre-War Japan Mirror with Boy Holding Airplane Whistle

2 and 7/16 inches (6.2 cm) tall

VG-EX

I have only found two of these hand mirror shaped whistles. This one shows a boy in a sailor suit holding a toy airplane. It is as if the image is reflected in the mirror. Condition is very good to excellent. The back is darkened and has a spot of rust. The whistle sound is pretty weak.

PW-162

$85.

Pre-War Japan Moon Face Man Whistle

2 inches (5 cm) tall

EX

This 2 inch tall pre-war Japan whistle shape was used quite often for a lot of different images. This round faced man is wearing Western dress and is holding something that I cannot identify. Condition is excellent and the whistle has a warbling sound.

PW-163

$75.

Pre-War Japan Oriental Person Whistle

1 and 5/8 inches (4 cm) tall

EX

This oriental figure wears a kimono and there appears to be a sword in the belt. This small whistle almost looks like a nesting doll. Condition is excellent and the whistle sound is high pitched.

PW-164

$40.

Pre-War Japan Man with Dali-Like Mustache Whistle

1 and 15/16 inches (4.9 cm) tall

EX

The man pictured on this double raised tube pre-war Japanese whistle is quite a dandy. He wears a top hat, a large polka dot bow tie with his suit and appears to sport a monocle. His long curled mustache reminds me of Salvatore Dali. A shedding flower and a winged bug complete the picture.

Condition is excellent and the whistle sound is loud if you blow hard enough.

PW-165

$55.

Pre-War Japan Boy in Uniform Whistle

2 inches (5 cm) tall

VG-EX

This little boy is attired in a colorful uniform of some sort. The pre-war whistle is in very good to excellent condition. The back is darkened and has some corrosion along the edge seams. The sound is soft and shrill at the same time.

PW-166

$45.

Pre-War Japan Sailor with Beach Ball Whistle

2 and 1/8 inches (5.4 cm) tall

Good

Remember the sailor balancing on a beach ball who shows up on the tube whistle with the ape and boy? Well here he is all by himself but I still can't figure out what he is doing. Condition is good on this example with wear along the edges. The whistle sound is strong.

PW-167

$30.

Pre-War Japan Santa Claus Head Whistle (Small)

1.25 inches (3 cm) tall

VG

The shape of this small Santa Claus head was also used for fat koi fish, an octopus and a clock, to name a few. Santa is in very good condition with a sharp whistle sound.

PW-168

$45.

Pre-War Japan Robin Hood Shoes Advertising Whistle

2 and 5/8 inches (6.7 cm) tall

EX

I did not usually collect advertising whistles (you have to draw the line somewhere) but this Robin Hood Shoes advertising whistle is one of the few Pre-War Japanese ones I have seen. Plus the image of Robin Hood was very attractive. Condition is excellent and the whistle has a nice loud sound.

PW-170

$100.

Pre-War Japan Double Tone Whistle-Flat Surface,Two Girls

2.75 inches (7 cm) tall

EX

This image of the two girls, one holding a doll is a fairly common one that shows up on different shape whistles. This double tone example is rectangular with a slightly curved top. Colors are strong and condition is excellent. The whistle has a sharp dual tone.

PW-171

$55.

Pre-War Japan Double Tone Whistle-Raised Tubes,Two Girls

2.75 inches (7 cm) tall

VG

This image of the two girls, one holding a doll is a fairly common one that shows up on different shape whistles. This double tone example is rectangular with a curved top. The whistle has raised tubes. Colors are muted and condition is very good with wear on the edges. The whistle has a soft tone but I don't hear two tones as you should..

PW-172

$55.

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MILITARY and FLAG WHISTLES
Pre-War Japan Bulldog Soldier Whistle

2.75 inches (7cm) tall

EX

This early tin litho whistle is 2.75 inches (7cm) tall. The figural shape of this whistle was used for many characters and the litho on this one depicts a soldier who is a bulldog. Many of these images were caricatures and the bulldog usually represented England.

The whistle is in excellent condition. Colors are still bright and the surface is shiny. Made in Japan, 1930's vintage.

PW-174

$65.

Pre-War Japan Cat Soldier Whistle

2.75 inches (7 cm) tall

EX

This is probably the most common pre-war Japanese whistle shape. It is clearly a humanoid shape with ears, head and body that could be adapted to many designs, including this one. The cat soldier might be a caricature but I have no idea who he represents. Condition is excellent, colors are strong, the surface is shiny and the whistle sound is loud. The back is darkened with age.

PW-175

$75.

Pre-War Japan Saluting Soldier-Italian? in Blue Coat Whistle

1 and 7/8 inches (4.7 cm) tal

EX

Something about the mustache and the salute makes me think this soldier is an Italian Fascist. Anyway this blue coated version is in excellent condition with a sharp whistle sound.

PW-176

$75.

Pre-War Japan Saluting Soldier-Italian? in Red Coat Whistle

1 and 7/8 inches (4.7 cm) tal

Very Good

Something about the mustache and the salute makes me think this soldier is an Italian Fascist. Anyway this red coated version has gold undertone and is in very good condition with a scratch or two. The only problem is that it is difficult to get a whistle sound out of it. You can do it but you really have to blow hard.

PW-177

$75.

Pre-War Japan Sailor in Blue Middy Blouse Whistle

2.5 inches (6.4 cm) tall

Good

This figural pre-war Japanese whistle of a sailor is one of two litho variations on this shape. A sailor in a blue middy blouse and yellow pants stands with his hands in his pockets.This version is in good condition with litho loss on the mouthpiece and across the face of the sailor. The whistle sound is good.

PW-178

$75.

Pre-War Japan Sailor in Green Pea Coat Whistle

2.5 inches (6.4 cm) tall

Good

This figural pre-war Japanese whistle of a sailor is one of two litho variations on this shape. A sailor in a green pea coat and red pants stands with his hands in his pockets. He is smoking a pipe and has binoculars hanging around his neck. This version is in good condition with some scratches on the front. The whistle sound is good.

PW-179

$75.

Pre-War Japan Oriental Soldier Whistle

2 inches (5 cm) tall

EX

This oriental looking soldier is on the same whistle shape as the small black girl (PW-154 she fits the shape best). Condition is excellent on the soldier version and the whistle sound is sharp and loud.

PW-180

$65.

Pre-War Japan Soldier Holding Field Glasses Whistle

2 inches (5 cm) tall

VG

This 2 inch tall figural tin whistle is one of a series of military figures. These are probably Japanese soldiers and I am sure that the uniforms give out all sorts of information but I would just be guessing.

This soldier is holding field glasses. Condition is very good except that the whistle sound is almost non-existant.

PW-181

$75.

Pre-War Japan Soldier Holding Bugle Whistle

2 inches (5 cm) tall

Good to VG

This 2 inch tall figural tin whistle is one of a series of military figures. These are probably Japanese soldiers and I am sure that the uniforms give out all sorts of information but I would just be guessing. This soldier holds a bugle. Condition is good to very good overall with overall crazing in the litho. The whistle sound is sharp with a slight warble.

PW-182

$65.

Pre-War Japan Soldier Holding Sword Whistle

2 inches (5 cm) tall

EX

This 2 inch tall figural tin whistle is one of a series of military figures. These are probably Japanese soldiers and I am sure that the uniforms give out all sorts of information but I would just be guessing. This soldier carries a sword. Condition is excellent and the whistle has a strong warbling sound.

PW-183

$85.

Pre-War Japan Soldier Holding Rifle Whistle

2 inches (5 cm) tall

EX

This 2 inch tall figural tin whistle is one of a series of military figures. These are probably Japanese soldiers and I am sure that the uniforms give out all sorts of information but I would just be guessing. This soldier has a rifle at his side. Condition is excellent and the whistle sound is strong.

PW-184

$75.

Pre-War Japan Soldier in Red Uniform Holding Sword Whistle

2 inches (5 cm) tall

VG-EX

This 2 inch tall figural tin whistle is one of a series of military figures. These are probably Japanese soldiers and I am sure that the uniforms give out all sorts of information but I would just be guessing. This soldier carries a sword. Condition is very good to excellent with light stains and some dark spots on the back. The whistle sound is strong.

PW-185

$85.

Pre-War Japan Soldier Holding Japanese Flag Whistle

2 inches (5 cm) tall

VG-EX

This 2 inch tall figural tin whistle is one of a series of military figures. This soldier appears to be Japanese...the rising sun flag gives it away. The colors are bright and the front surface is shiny. The back is somewhat darkened and discolored. The whistle makes a warbling sound. Condition is very good to excellent with wear on the raised areas..

PW-186

$75.

Pre-War Japan Soldier Holding Japanese Flag Whistle-Color Variation

2 inches (5 cm) tall

VG-EX

This 2 inch tall figural tin whistle is one of a series of military figures. This soldier appears to be Japanese...the rising sun flag gives it away. The colors are bright and the front surface is shiny. The back is somewhat darkened and discolored. The whistle makes a warbling sound. Condition is very good to excellent with scratches in the center.

PW-187

$75.

PRE-WAR JAPAN EARLY BUTTON MILITARY WHISTLES

The following nineteen pre-war Japanese military whistles are very early, possibly predating WW1. They all depict specific military characters but unfortunately I can not identify them. Some look Russian, some even look Chinese but are probably Japanese. A few rare examples are women, not military but possibly leaders of the countries at war. Banner flags of assorted countries decorate the edges: Japan, USA, British, Swiss, and some I do not recognise. Almost all these whistles have the gold undertone. Condition is generally fair with areas of missing litho or darkened litho that makes it difficult to see all the details. The button bodies are each 1 inch in diameter. The attached whistle mouthpieces vary in length.

Pre-War Japan Early Military Man Whistle

1 inch (2.5 cm)

diameter button

Fair

 

This military man has a mustache and a red hat with gold stripes. Condition is fair mostly due to darkening of the litho. A small chip in the litho occurs on one shoulder. The whistle sound is weak.

PW-188

$30.

Pre-War Japan Early Military Man Whistle

1 inch (2.5 cm)

diameter button

Good to Fair

.

This military man has an oriental look about him. His uniform is yellow-gold colored and the edge of the whistle has a yellow background so that the flags show more clearly. There is a 1/8 inch size chip in the litho next to his face. The loud whistle sound has a warble.

PW-189

$35.

Pre-War Japan Early Military Man Whistle

1 inch (2.5 cm)

diameter button

Fair

 

This military man sports a pointed beard and mustache. His hat is somewhat triangular in shape. The whistle has a weak warbling sound. Condition is only fair due to a 1/4 inch chip in the litho over his hat. and general darkening of the surface.

PW-190

$30.

Pre-War Japan Military Man Whistle

1 inch (2.5 cm)

diameter button

Fair

 

This example shows a distinguished officer with mustache. Condition is only fair with darkening and wear long the edges and back and chips in the litho across the officer's chest. There is a good version of this whistle listed at PW-203.

PW-191

$30.

Pre-War Japan Early Military Man Whistle

1 inch (2.5 cm)

diameter button

Good-Fair

This officer has a blue hat and uniform with a wide red sash. Condition is good to fair. There are some small chips in the litho and darkening mostly on the flag covered edge. The whistle sound is weak.

PW-192

$35.

Pre-War Japan Early Military Man Whistle

1 inch (2.5 cm)

diameter button

Fair -Poor

 This soldier is very distinctive looking. His ears stick out and unlike most of the others he is clean shaven. Unfortunately the condition is poor enough that it is difficult to see him. The edges and back show wear and rust, as does the mouthpiece. The whistle sound is weak.

PW-193

$25

Pre-War Japan Early Soldier Whistle

1 inch (2.5 cm)

diameter button

Fair-Poor

 

 

This example shows a soldier, possibly cavalry (he seems to be holding a sword) in an orange-gold uniform, with mustache. Condition is fair to poor with darkening and wear long the edges and back and some rusty spots. The whistle sound is weak.

PW-194

$30.

Pre-War Japan Early Military Man Whistle

1 inch (2.5 cm)

diameter button

Fair-Poor

Here is another soldier in an orange-gold colored uniform but the surface is so darkened it is hard to make out the details. You can see that he is clean shaven and oriental looking. Condition is fair to poor. The whistle sound is almost non-existant.

PW-195

$25.

Pre-War Japan Early Royalty Whistle

1 inch (2.5 cm)

diameter button

Fair

 

This person appears to be royalty of some sort, perhaps Russian. Note the crown. Condition is still only fair due to small chips in the litho. It is not as darkened as much some of the others. The warbling whistle sound is good.

PW-196

$40.

Pre-War Japan Early Military Man Whistle

1 inch (2.5 cm)

diameter button Fair

The face of this whistle is pretty good but condition overall is still fair. You can clearly see the officer, his triangular hat, red sash and medals. The sides and back have lost the gold tone background. The flags are nice but the background is darkened as is the back.The whistle sound is fine.

PW-197

$35

Pre-War Japan Early Military Man Whistle

1 inch (2.5 cm)

diameter button

Fair

This gentleman has no hat and has a beard and mustache. Perhaps he is not in the military. There is a 1/4 inch long chip near the top of his head and the face is dented. Mild darkening is seen on the back and edges. The whistle sound is variable depending on how you hold the mouthpiece.

PW-198

$30.

Pre-War Japan Early Military Man Whistle

1 inch (2.5 cm)

diameter button

Fair

This soldier has the red hat bwith gold stripes. He has a full beard and a mustache. The surface is darkened and has some small chips and a shallow dent. Condition is fair. I could not get a whistle sound.

PW-199

$30

Pre-War Japan Early Military Man Whistle

1 inch (2.5 cm)

diameter button

Fair

This gentleman appears to have a plume on his hat but there is also a chip in the litho making it hard to tell. He has a mustache and small goatee. The surface is darkened and there are small chips. Condition is fair. I coild not get a sound out of the whistle.

PW-200

$30.

Pre-War Japan Early Woman (Royalty?) Whistle

1 inch (2.5 cm)

diameter button

Fair

These 2 inch (5 cm) pre-war Japanese military whistles are very early, possibly predating WW1. A few rare examples are women and this is one of them. She is so specific looking that she has to be a specific person...but who? Her look is not oriental. All these whistles seem to be related to a military campaign but that doesn't tell us anything. There is a fairly large chip but it does not cover the woman's face. The whistle sound is very weak. Fair condition.

PW-201

$45.

Pre-War Japan Early Woman (Royalty?) Whistle

1 inch (2.5 cm)

diameter button

Fair

These 2 inch (5 cm) pre-war Japanese military whistles are very early, possibly predating WW1. A few rare examples are women and this is one of them. Again this young woman is very specific looking, but who is she? Condition is fair with litho chips but the face is clearly visible. The whistle sound is good.

PW-202

$45.

Pre-War Japan Early Military Man Whistle

1 inch (2.5 cm)

diameter button

EX

This distinguished officer with mustache is an excellent version of PW-191. This whistle is not darkened at all, has a miniscule amount of wear and a nice loud warbling whistle sound.

PW-203

$65.
Pre-War Japan Early Military Man Whistle

1 inch (2.5 cm)

diameter button

Good to Fair

 

This whistle depicts a very oriental looking officer with a mustache , beard, no hat and lots of medals. Condition is good to fair with some darkening especially along the edges with the flags. The whistle sound is weak.

PW-204

$35.

Pre-War Japan Early Military Man Whistle

1 inch (2.5 cm)

diameter button

Fair

This officer's hat is white. He has a mustache and goatee. There are many small chips across the area of his uniform. The edges and back of the whistle are not darkened but the mouthpiece is. The whistle is not making a sound.

PW-205

$35.

Pre-War Japan Double Sided USA Flags Spinner Whistle

2 and 5/8 inches (6.6 cm) wide

EX

This all tin whistle is double sided with the same American flag images on both sides. The whistle is slightly more than 2.5 inches, (6.6 cm) wide.

I keep calling this a whistle because I think that it is. A string is threaded thru both holes in the center and holding the ends between outstretched hands you twirl the whistle around to twist the string. Then you pull your hands apart to produce a sound. There are other litho variations of this type of whistle but only this one is decorated on both sides.

Condition is excellent on this pre-war vintage Japanese whistle.

PW-206

$65.

Pre-War Japan Crossed USA and Great Britain Flags Whistle

Fair to Good

This pre-war Japanese whistle shows two crossed flags, American and British. The back is darkened and a little rough, the face of the whistle has wear along the edges and a few spots of wear in the center. Condition overall is Fair to Good. It has a nice loud, sharp whistle sound.

PW-207

$55.

Pre-War Japan British Japanese and USA Flags Whistle

2 inches (5 cm) tall

VG

This shape pre-war Japanese whistle usually has people or animals on it This one has three flags: American, British and Japanese patterned mouthpiece.

Condition is very good with some light wear and scratches on the center. The whistle has a nice loud warbling sound.

PW-208

$75.

Pre-War Japan Barrel Flute Harmonica Whistle with Flags

3.5 inches (9 cm) long

VG

This unusual barrel shaped tin pre-war Japanese whistle acts like a flute and sounds like a harmonica. As you blow into the end and cover one or more holes with your fingers you will hear different notes or chords. The surface of this large tube is decorated with flags of different countries. The gold undertone indicates an early whistle. Condition is very good with some overall light wear

PW-209

$95.

Pre-War Japan Long Flute Whistle-Flags

8 inches (20.5 cm) tall

Good

There are quite a few different flutes found in the pre-war Japanese whistles. Most are not as long as this one is at 8 inches .A collection of different flags decorates the length of the flute on both sides. With six holes to cover as you blow into the flute, actual music can be created. Not great but certainly a variety of tones. Condition is good. There are a couple of spots of rust with a larger one on the back side.

PW-210

$40.

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TRANSPORTATION WHISTLES

Pre-War Japan Speedboat Whistle

2 and 3/8 inches (6 cm) long

VG to EX

This pre-war Japanese whistle is in the shape of a speedboat, seen from above. You can see the driver of the boat in the cockpit and two different Japanese flags along with other litho details. Condition is very good to excellent with a nice whistle sound.

PW-211

$50.

Pre-War Japan Figural Boy on Motorcycle Whistle

2.75 inches (7 cm) tall

VG-EX

The image of the boy on a motorcycle shows up on a variety of pre-war whistles and even clickers. The motorcycle image on this larger figural shape, the same one used for many people and animal whistles, has bright colors and is in very good to excellent condition (one tiny chip on the front, the back is shiny). The whistle sound is good.

PW-212

$85.

Pre-War Japan Airplane Whistle

2 inches (5 cm) wide

VG

This pre-war Japanese airplane shaped whistle has bright colors and attractive patterns. The pilot is visible in the cockpit of the plane. Condition is very good due to a small amount of corrosion on the front of the cockpit that is heavier on the back of the whistle. The whistle sound is high pitched.

PW-213

$65.

Pre-War Japan Airplane Whistle

2 inches (5 cm) wide

VG

This pre-war airplane whistle has the gold undertone of the earlier whistles. The pilot can be seen in the cockpit. There is some light wear so condition is very good. The whistle has a warbling sound.

PW-214

$65.

Pre-War Japan Early Plane Flying Over Mountains Whistle

1 and 5/8 inches (4.2 cm) tall

EX

The airplane seen on this pre-war whistle is flying right towards you with some mountains below. Condition is excellent and the whistle sound is strong.

PW-215

$85.

Pre-War Japan Tin and Wood Train Harmonica

1 and 7/8 inches (4.8 cm) wide

VG

This wooden harmonica has a tin litho plate shaped like a steam locomotive applied to the front. The back has a paper label saying Twinkie Shoes Hamilton Brown Shoe Company, so this item was an advertising giveaway. Condition on the tin is very good with a small rough spot near the engineer's cab. It is almost imposssible to get a sound out of this harmonica. The most I could produce was a weak squeak.

PW-216

$45.

Pre-War Japan Plane Flying Across Rising Sun Whistle

2 inches (5 cm) tall

Good to VG

A plane with pilot in an open cockpit flies across a stylized image of a rising sun on this pre-war Japanese whistle. The double tone whistle has raised tubes. Condition is good to very good with some spots of litho loss across raised areas and on the mouthpiece. The whistle tone is nice and loud.

PW-217

$55.

Pre-War Japan Plane in Clouds Whistle

2.75 inches (7 cm) tall

Good

An airplane flies through the clouds in front of a stylized rising sun on this pre-war Japanese whistle. Two kids, one black and one white along with American, Japanese and British flags decorates the mouthpiece. Condition is only good with litho loss and scratches and a linear crease across the top. The double tone whistle is nice and loud.

PW-218

$45.

Pre-War Japan Steamship with Flowers Whistle

2 and 3/16 inches (5.5 cm) tall

VG

This is the only whistle I have with this shape and the only example of this image. A large steam powered boat is on the top portion with a pattern of flowers on the mouthpiece. Condition is very good with some light wear and darkening to the back of the whistle. The sound is a good warbling one.

PW-219

$85.

Pre-War Japan Car with Chauffer Whistle

1 and 7/8 inches (4.7 cm) wide

EX

This pre-war Japanese car shaped whistle has a chauffer driving with a passenger in the back seat. Condition is excellent with a nice loud whistle sound.

PW-220

$75.

Pre-War Japan Smaller Figural Boy on Motorcycle Whistle

1 and 7/8 inches (4.9 cm) tall

VG-EX

The image of the boy on a motorcycle shows up on a variety of pre-war whistles and even clickers. The motorcycle image on this smaller figural shape, the same one used for many people and animal whistles, has muted colors and is in very good to excellent condition with some edge wear. The whistle sound is good.

PW-221

$55.

Pre-War Japan Plane Flying Over Mt. Fuji Whistle

2 inches (5 cm) tall

VG

This pre-war Japanese whistle has an attractive image of an early open cockpit airplane with pilot flying over Mt. Fuji (naturally) in the top circle with a partial view of a clock face on the mouthpiece. Condition is very good with a bit of edge wear. The whistle has a warbling sound.

PW-223

$75.

Pre-War Japan Plane Flying Over Mt. Fuji Whistle

2 inches (5 cm) tall

VG

This pre-war Japanese whistle has an attractive image of an early open cockpit airplane with pilot flying over Mt. Fuji (naturally) in the top circle with a partial view of a clock face on the mouthpiece. This variation has the image reversed and a different color on the edge. Condition is very good with a bit of edge wear. The whistle has a warbling sound.

PW-224

$75.

Pre-War Japan Boy in Hot Air Balloon Whistle

2 and 7/8 inches (7.2 cm) tall

EX

This large double tone pre-war whistle with raised tubes has an image of a boy in a hot air balloon. He is floating over some city buildings. A small plane also flies overhead. Condition is excellent. The whistle sound is good.

PW-225

$95.

Pre-War Japan Zeppelin Whistle

1 and 15/16 inches (4.8 cm) long

Fair to Good

This whistle is a common fish shape made to look like a zeppelin. A hint of a basket can be seen on the lower front edge. Condition is fair to good with general wear and litho loss on the mouthpiece. The whistle sound is good.

PW-226

$40.

Pre-War Japan Zeppelin with Dots Whistle

2 inches (5 cm) long

EX

There are quite a few different litho variations of this zeppelin shaped pre-war Japanese whistle. Each one has a basket containing the pilot hanging below. This example has a dots within squares pattern. The whistle has a high pitched sound. Condition is excellent.

PW-227

$95.

Pre-War Japan Zeppelin with Dots Whistle-Variation

2 inches (5 cm) long

EX

There are quite a few different litho variations of this zeppelin shaped pre-war Japanese whistle. Each one has a basket containing the pilot hanging below. This example has a dots within squares pattern in a color variation. The whistle has a high pitched sound. Condition is excellent.

PW-228

$95.

Pre-War Japan Zeppelin with Stripes Whistle

2 inches (5 cm) long

EX

There are quite a few different litho variations of this zeppelin shaped pre-war Japanese whistle. Each one has a basket containing the pilot hanging below. This example has straight stripes. The whistle has a warbling sound. Condition is excellent.

PW-229

$95.

Pre-War Japan Zeppelinwith Stripes Whistle-Variation

2 inches (5 cm) long

EX

There are quite a few different litho variations of this zeppelin shaped pre-war Japanese whistle. Each one has a basket containing the pilot hanging below. This example has straight stripes in a more colorful variation. The whistle has a good sound. Condition is excellent.

PW-230

$95.

Pre-War Japan Zeppelin with Blue Crosses Whistle

2 inches (5 cm) long

EX

There are quite a few different litho variations of this zeppelin shaped pre-war Japanese whistle. Each one has a basket containing the pilot hanging below. This example is decorated with blue crosses. The whistle has a soft sound. Condition is excellent.

PW-231

$95.

Pre-War Japan Zeppelin with Red Crosses Whistle

2 inches (5 cm) long

VG-EX

There are quite a few different litho variations of this zeppelin shaped pre-war Japanese whistle. Each one has a basket containing the pilot hanging below. This example is decorated with red crosses. The whistle has a slight warbling sound. Condition is very good to excellent with some dark scuffs on the surface..

PW-232

$95.

Pre-War Japan Zeppelin with Swirl Stripes Whistle

2 inches (5 cm) long

EX

There are quite a few different litho variations of this zeppelin shaped pre-war Japanese whistle. Each one has a basket containing the pilot hanging below. This example has curved stripes. The whistle has a slight warbling sound. Condition is excellent.

PW-233

$95.

Pre-War Japan Zeppelin with Flowers Whistle

2 inches (5 cm) long

EX

There are quite a few different litho variations of this zeppelin shaped pre-war Japanese whistle. Each one has a basket containing the pilot hanging below. This example is decorated with vertical stripes and stylized flowers. The whistle has a slight warbling sound. Condition is excellent.

PW-234

$95.

Pre-War Japan Zeppelin with Flowers Whistle-Variation

2 inches (5 cm) long

VG-EX

There are quite a few different litho variations of this zeppelin shaped pre-war Japanese whistle. Each one has a basket containing the pilot hanging below. This example is decorated with vertical stripes and stylized flowers in a color variation.. The whistle has a slight warbling sound. Condition is very good to excellent with some tiny chips in the litho..

PW-235

$95.

Pre-War Japan Zeppelin with Chrysanthemum Whistle

2 inches (5 cm) long

EX

There are quite a few different litho variations of this zeppelin shaped pre-war Japanese whistle. Each one has a basket containing the pilot hanging below. This example is decorated with a chrysanthemum pattern. The whistle has a strong sound. Condition is excellent.

PW-236

$95.

Pre-War Japan Boy on Motorcycle Whistle

3.25 inches (8.2 cm) tall

Good

The image of the boy on a motorcycle shows up on a variety of pre-war whistles and even clickers. The motorcycle image on this large rectangular shape, the same one used for many other whistles, has muted colors and is in good condition with overall wear. The double tone whistle sound is good.

PW-237

$50.

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CLOWN WHISTLES
Pre-War Japan Clown Playing Banjo Whistle

2.75 inches (7 cm) tall

Good

The image on this pre-war Japanese whistle is a clown rocking out on a banjo while a giraffe decorates the mouthpiece. The double tone whistle sound is a bit weak considering the size. Condition is good with some small chips on the front.

PW-238

$75.

Pre-War Japan Clown on Striped Color Background Whistle

2.75 inches (7 cm) tall

EX

A clown in a polkadot suit stands against a rainbow colored background decorated with some small stars and flowers. The mouthpiece is decorated with a Popeye-like head and a rabbit in a pleated red skirt. The double tone whistle sound is nice and strong. Condition is excellent.

PW-239

$95.

Pre-War Japan Clown Playing Guitar Whistle

2.75 inches (7 cm) tall

Good

A clown playing a guitar stands on a stage on this pre-war Japanese whistle. The mouthpiece features a dressed animal that at first looked like a pig, then on closer examination more like a striped cat. Condition on the double tone whistle is good. There are some scratches and discolorations. The whistle sound is good.

PW-240

$80.

Pre-War Japan Clown Face Whistle

1.25 inches (3 cm) tall

EX

This small pre-war Japanese tin whistle is a clown face with a dotted cap. The whistle has a very loud sound for the size. Condition is excellent.

PW-241

$45.

Pre-War Japan Pink Clown Face Whistle

1 and 11/16 inches (4.3 cm) tall

EX

The pink clown face is surrounded by a striped ruff on this attractive pre-war Japanese tin whistle. Condition is excellent and the whistle has a strong sound.

PW-242

$75.

Pre-War Japan Clown Baseball Player Whistle

1 and 9/16 inches (4 cm) tall

VG-EX

This small pre-war Japanese tin whistle is only about two inches tall. It shows a clown in his baseball uniform, holding a baseball and bat. Condition is very good to excellent with slight darkening on the back side. The whistle has a high pitched sound.

PW-60

$45.

Pre-War Japan Large Two-Sided Clown Whistle

5 and 5/8 inches (14 cm) tall

EX

This very large two sided, embossed pre-war Japanese tin clown whistle is fabulous. The whistle is so beautiful that I wish I could make it whistle or honk or something. You can see some kind of paper reed in the mouthpiece but no amount of puffing and blowing would produce a sound. Still, it is geat to look at. Both sides are excellent.

PW-243

$175.

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CLOCK WHISTLES
Pre-War Japan Clock with Red Flowers Whistle

1 and 3/8 inches (3.5 cm) tall

EX

Clock images show up on quite a few pre-war Japanese whistles. This example shows the clock face circled by red flowers. Condition is excellent . The whistle sound is soft and breathy, probably because of the small size.

PW-244

$50.

Pre-War Japan Clock with Lily of the Valley Flowers

1 and 3/8 inches (3.5 cm) tall

Good

Clock images show up on quite a few pre-war Japanese whistles. This small whistle has the clock with a border of Lily of the Valley flowers. There is wear on the mouthpiece and some light wear overall . The back is darkened and the whistle sound is soft and high pitched.

PW-245

$45.

Pre-War Japan Wall Clock Whistle

2.25 inches (5.5 cm) tall

EX

Clock images show up on quite a few pre-war Japanese whistles. This wall clock with pendulum comes in two color variations. This one has a red border around the face and green around the pendulum case. Condition is excellent with a loud whistle sound.

PW-246

$75.

Pre-War Japan Wall Clock Whistle-Variation

2.25 inches (5.5 cm) tall

EX

Clock images show up on quite a few pre-war Japanese whistles. This wall clock with pendulum comes in two color variations. This one has a green border around the face and red around the pendulum case. Condition is excellent with a loud whistle sound. You will notice that this version is marked Foreign so it probably was imported into a country other than the USA.

PW-247

$75.

Pre-War Japan Clock with Flowering Tree Whistle

1 and 5/8 inches (4.2 cm) tall

EX

Clock images show up on quite a few pre-war Japanese whistles. Here the clock face is in a flowering tree with a small person holding a stick on the mouthpiece. I thought it was kite or banner but then after looking at the other variations, I realized that blue thing with the yellow dot was the clock's pendulum.The whistle has a nice sound. Condition is excellent.

PW-248

$75.

Pre-War Japan Clock with Rose in Center of Face Whistle

1 and 5/8 inches (4.2 cm) tall

VG-EX

Clock images show up on quite a few pre-war Japanese whistles. Here the clock face has a rose in the center with daisy-like flowers on the mouthpiece. Registration is a bit off-center.and the whistle sound is weak. Condition is very good to excellent.

PW-249

$70.

Pre-War Japan Yellow Clock with Flowers and Butterfly Whistle

1 and 5/8 inches (4.2 cm) tall

EX

Clock images show up on quite a few pre-war Japanese whistles. This mostly yellow clock has a face surrounded by flowers and a butterfly. Condition is excellent and the whistle sound is strong.

PW-250

$75.

Pre-War Japan Clock with Koi Fish in Water Whistle

1 and 5/8 inches (4.2 cm) tall

EX

Clock images show up on quite a few pre-war Japanese whistles. This clock is decorated with a watery scene with lilypads and Koi fish. Condition is excellent. The whistle sound is a little weak.

PW-251

$75.

Pre-War Japan Clock with Bird and Flowers Whistle

1 and 5/8 inches (4.2 cm) tall

EX

Clock images show up on quite a few pre-war Japanese whistles. This clock is set in a scene with a bird on a flowering branch with additional flowers on the mouthpiece. Condition is excellent and the whistle sound is strong.

PW-252

$75

Pre-War Japan Clock Over Giant Baby in Stadium Whistle

2.75 inches (7 cm) tall

Good-Fair

Clock images show up on quite a few pre-war Japanese whistles. I found two whistles with this shape. Both feature a clock in the top circle and a different scene in the lower circle. Both whistles make a pleasant double tone sound.

This whistle has a colorful clock face and border. The lower circle has the strangest scene. A very large figure totally out of scale to the scene is lying on the ground in a stadium crowned by flags. There are two small figures standing nearby and also an image of interlocking rings (Olympics?) on the left side.

Condition is good to fair. The surface has spots of wear and corrosion., especially on the bottom circle. The back of the whistle is quite rusty.

PW-253

$85.
Pre-War Japan Clock Over Runners in Race

2.75 inches (7 cm) tall

VG-EX

Clock images show up on quite a few pre-war Japanese whistles. I found two whistles with this shape. Both feature a clock in the top circle and a different scene in the lower circle. Both whistles make a pleasant double tone sound.

This whistle has a clock face bordered by blue and white checks. The bottom cicrle shows two people running a race ton a path through the woods. The front runner wears a Japanese flag and the same Olympic rings symbol appears on the bottom edge. Condition is very good to excellent. The raised ridge at the bottom of the mouthpiece has some wear.

PW-254

$125.

Pre-War Japan Clock Whistle

1.25 inches (3 cm) tall

EX

Clock images show up on quite a few pre-war Japanese whistles. This small shape was used for faces like a clown or Santa, fish, an octopus and now a clock. The sound is sharp and loud. Condition is excellent.

PW-255

$25.

Pre-War Japan Clock Whistle-Off Register

1.25 inches (3 cm) tall

EX

Clock images show up on quite a few pre-war Japanese whistles. This small shape was used for faces like a clown or Santa, fish, an octopus and now a clock. The sound is sharp and loud. Condition is excellent but the registration is really off.

PW-256

$15.

Pre-War Japan Wrist Watch Whistle

1 and 5/8 inches (4.2 cm) wide

Fair

Clock images show up on quite a few pre-war Japanese whistles. This one is a bit unusual as it is a wristwatch. The whistle sound is nice and loud but there is rust and discoloration on the face and the mouthpiece was dented by some agressive user so condition is fair.

PW-257

$25.

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GRAPHIC and FLORAL PATTERN WHISTLES
Pre-War Japan Double Tone Flowers Whistle

2 inches (5 cm) tall

VG

There are quite a few of these graphic design with flowers images found on this shape pre-war Japanese whistle. They are usually found in the same red, yellow and green colors. The double tone, 2 inch tall tin whistle is in very good condition with some darkening to the back, some chips in the litho and a nice loud whistle sound.

PW-258

$45.

Pre-War Japan Double Tone Flowers Whistle-Variation

2 inches (5 cm) tall

VG-EX

There are quite a few of these graphic design with flowers images found on this shape pre-war Japanese whistle. They are usually found in the same red, yellow and green colors. This variation does not have the dark outlines. The double tone, 2 inch tall tin whistle is in very good to excellent condition with some edge wear and darkening to the back. It has a nice loud whistle sound.

PW-259

$45.

Pre-War Japan Double Tone Waves and Rays Whistle

2 inches (5 cm) tall

VG-EX

This same two inch tall rectangular double tone whistle with raised tubes has a few different floral or graphic designs. This is the only one I found with a wave design pattern and rays jumping out of the water. Condition is very good to excellent with some small chips and edge wear. It has a good whistle tone.

PW-260

$65.

Pre-War Japan Double Tone Diamond Pattern Whistle

2 inches (5 cm) tall

VG

This same two inch tall rectangular double tone whistle with raised tubes has a few different floral or graphic designs. This graphic pattern has two variations. This one does not have the darker color outlines. Condition is very good with some chips in the litho. The whistle sound is good.

PW-261

$45.

Pre-War Japan Double Tone Diamond Pattern Whistle-Variation

2 inches (5 cm) tall

VG

This same two inch tall rectangular double tone whistle with raised tubes has a few different floral or graphic designs. This graphic pattern has two variations. This one has the darker color outlines. Condition is very good with some chips in the litho. The whistle sound is good.

PW-262

$45.

Pre-War Japan Spinner Whistle-Stars

1 and 7/8 inches (4.3 cm) wide

EX

I keep calling these whistles because I think that they are. A string is threaded through both holes in the center and holding the ends between outstretched hands you twirl the whistle around to twist the string. Then you pull your hands apart to produce a sound. There are other litho variations of this type of whistle. Only the American flag version (PW-197) has litho on both sides. These patterned versions only have litho in one side.

This shorter pre-war Japanese spinner whistle is in excellent condition. It is decorated with stars and concentric line patterns.

PW-263

$45.

Pre-War Japan Spinner Whistle- British and Japanese Flags

2 and 5/8 inches (6.6 cm) wide

EX

I keep calling these whistles because I think that they are. A string is threaded through both holes in the center and holding the ends between outstretched hands you twirl the whistle around to twist the string. Then you pull your hands apart to produce a sound. There are other litho variations of this type of whistle. Only the American flag version (PW-197) has litho on both sides. These patterned versions only have litho in one side.

This pre-war Japanese spinner whistle is the same size as the double sided American flag version. It has a Japanese flag on one end and a British flag on the other with red and yellow stripes in the middle. Condition s excellent.

PW-264

$55.

Pre-War Japan Spinner Whistle-Multi Patterns

2 and 5/8 inches (6.6 cm) wide

VG

I keep calling these whistles because I think that they are. A string is threaded through both holes in the center and holding the ends between outstretched hands you twirl the whistle around to twist the string. Then you pull your hands apart to produce a sound. There are other litho variations of this type of whistle. Only the American flag version (PW-197) has litho on both sides. These patterned versions only have litho in one side.

This pre-war Japanese spinner whistle is the same size as the double sided American flag version. It has the most complex litho patterns of all the examples I found. Condition is very good with a spot of roughness on one end.

PW-265

$50.

Pre-War Japan Double Tone Roses Whistle

2 and 5/8 inches (6.7 cm) tall

VG-EX

This pre-war Japanese tin whistle is covered with a stylized rose and flower pattern. The double tone whistle is in very good to excellent condition. There is a small spot of wear on the left side. The whistle tone is good.

PW-266

$55.

Pre-War Japan Double Tone Flowers Whistle

2 and 7/8 inches (7 cm) tall

EX

The two raised tubes on this double tone tin pre-war Japanese whistle are each decorated with flowers. Condition is excellent and the whistle sound is good.

PW-267

$75.

Pre-War Japan Flower and Patterns Whistle

1 and 5/8 inches (4 cm) tall

EX

This small tin pre-war Japanese whistle has a stylized flower pattern on the top. The registration on the mouthpiece is slightly off. A small metal piece extends from the back but I can not figure out to what purpose. Condition is excellent with a strong whistle sound.

PW-268

$40

Pre-War Japan Flowers in Vase Whistle

2 inches (5 cm) tall

Good

The image on this pre-war Japanese whistle looks like flowers in a vase. An odd grapes on a stem pattern decorates the mouthpiece. Colors are strong and the whistle sound is good but there are dents on the circular top of the whistle and a few small spots of corosion on the mouthpiece so I have listed the condition as only good.

PW-269

$45.

Pre-War Japan Trophy Shaped Whistle

2.5 inches (6.3 cm) tall

EX

At one time I had quite a few of these trophy shaped pre-war Japanese whistles but I weeded a lot of them out of the collecion because they were too similar. This one was more unusual so I kept it. Condition is excellent and the whistle has a strong sound.

PW-270

$50.

Pre-War Japan Trophy with Flaming Torch Whistle

2.5 inches (6.3 cm) tall

VG-EX

At one time I had a few of these trophy shaped pre-war Japanese whistles but I weeded a lot of them out of the collection because they were too similar. This flaming torch patterned example was slightly different. Condition is very good to excellent with a small amout of edge wear and a soft or shrill sound depending on how you hold it as you blow into it..

PW-271

$45.

Pre-War Japan Trophy with Floral Patterns Whistle

2.5 inches (6.3 cm) tall

VG-EX

At one time I had a few of these trophy shaped pre-war Japanese whistles but I weeded a lot of them out of the collection because they were too similar. This floral patterned example is a good representation of the group. Condition is very good to excellent with some edge wear. There is a good whistle sound with a slight warble.

PW-272

$45.

Pre-War Japan Flute Whistle with Patterns

4 and 7/8 inches (12.3 cm) tall

VG

The mouthpiece of this pre-war Japanese tin flute whistle is a cast metal of some kind (we hope it is not lead, but who knows). The thin flute has four holes and a very strong sound. You can actually produce a tune of sorts. The whistle is decorated with various patterns on a gold undertone. Condition is very good with light overall wear.

PW-273

$45.

Pre-War Japan Pan Flute Whistle-Patterns

3 and 1/8 inches (8 cm) wide

Fair to Poor

This pan flute shaped whistle has six different whistle tones. All sound very strong. The whistle is decorated with linear patterns on the bodies with flowers on the mouthpieces. Condition is unfortunately fair to poor with quite a bit of rust.

PW-274

$40.

Pre-War Japan Flute Whistle-Circles and Flowers

4.5 inches (11.5 cm) tall

EX

This pre-war Japanese tin flute whistle is slightly wider than most examples I have. A flag ( Italy?) is on the mouthpiece and a pattern of concentric lined half circles and flowers decorates the body. With only three holes in the flute the tones you can get are limited and a bit weak. Condition is excellent.

PW-275

$50.

Pre-War Japan Flute Whistle-Wave Pattern

4.5 inches (11.5 cm) tall

EX

This pre-war Japanese tin flute whistle is slightly wider than most examples I have. A flag ( Swiss?) is on the mouthpiece and a pattern of waves and stars decorates the body. With only three holes in the flute the tones you can get are limited but fairly strong.. Condition is excellent.

PW-276

$50.

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OTHER PRE-WAR WHISTLES

These are whistles I could not fit into the previous categories.
Pre-War Japan Large Red Lion Head Music Whistle

3.75 inches

(9.5 cm) tall

VG

 This tin whistle is 3.75 inches (7 cm) long. It has two tubes and a combined tone when you blow into it. On the mouthpiece is a smiling lion head. Colorful musical instruments, including a piano, drum, mandolin, saxophone and accordion are seen on the two tubes along with a sprinkling of musical notes. This red whistle is the larger version of the musical whistle with lion. Most smaller ones have a reclining lion at the top instead of a lion head. All came in red, yellow and blue variations.

This example is in very good condition with some areas of wear. The whistle has a good double tone.

PW-277

$40.

Pre-War Japan Large Blue Lion Head Music Whistle

3.75 inches

(9.5 cm) tall

VG

 This tin whistle is 3.75 inches (7 cm) long. It has two tubes and a combined tone when you blow into it. On the mouthpiece is a smiling lion head. Colorful musical instruments, including a piano, drum, mandolin, saxophone and accordion are seen on the two tubes along with a sprinkling of musical notes. This blue whistle is the larger version of the musical whistle with lion. Most smaller ones have a reclining lion at the top instead of a lion head. All came in red, yellow and blue variations.

 Colors are bright and condition is very good. The whistle has a good double tone.

PW-278

$40.

Pre-War Japan Large Yellow Lion Head Music Whistle

3.75 inches

(9.5 cm) tall

Good Plus

 This tin whistle is 3.75 inches (7 cm) long. It has two tubes and a combined tone when you blow into it. On the mouthpiece is a smiling lion head. Colorful musical instruments, including a piano, drum, mandolin, saxophone and accordion are seen on the two tubes along with a sprinkling of musical notes. This blue whistle is the larger version of the musical whistle with lion. Most smaller ones have a reclining lion at the top instead of a lion head. All came in red, yellow and blue variations.

 Colors are bright and condition is good plus. There are a some spots of wear and scratches and the back has darkened with age. The tone is good.

PW-279

$35.

Pre-War Japan Red Lion Music Whistle

2.75 inches

(7 cm) tall

VG

 This tin whistle is 2.75 inches (7 cm) long. It has two tubes and a combined tone when you blow into it. On the mouthpiece is the reclining light tan lion which is usually on this smaller version of the lion music whistle. Colorful musical instruments, including a piano, drum, mandolin, saxophone and accordion are seen on the two tubes along with a sprinkling of musical notes. The notes are in yellow on the red background so they show up better than on the blue version of this whistle.

 Colors are bright and condition is very good. There are a few spots of wear and scratches. The double tone whistlesound is good

PW-280

$30

Pre-War Japan Yellow Lion Music Whistle with Cowboy Gun Clip

2.75 inches

(7 cm) tall

Good

 This tin whistle is 2.75 inches (7 cm) long. It has two tubes and a combined tone when you blow into it. On the mouthpiece is the reclining light tan lion which is usually on this smaller version of the lion music whistle. Colorful musical instruments, including a piano, drum, mandolin, saxophone and accordion are seen on the two tubes along with a sprinkling of musical notes.

This yellow version of the smaller lion music whistle has an attached tin clip in the shape of a gun so that you could attach the whistle to a collar or pocket. Condition is only good due to overall grubbiness, some wear and light corrosion on the back side . The tone of the whistle is ok.

PW-281

$30.

Pre-War Japan Blue Lion Head Music Whistle-Smaller Size

2.75 inches

(7 cm) tall

Good Plus

This tin whistle is 2.75 inches (7 cm) long. It has two tubes and a combined tone when you blow into it. On the mouthpiece is the same lion head as on the larger version. This is unusual because the smaller versions almost always have a reclining lion. Colorful musical instruments, including a piano, drum, mandolin, saxophone and accordion are seen on the two tubes along with a sprinkling of musical notes. The notes are in black on the blue background so they do not show up very well.

Condition is good plus with some wear on the front, darkening on the back and a good whistle sound.

PW-282

$25.

Pre-War Japan Blue Lion (Dark) Music Whistle

2.75 inches (7 cm) tall

Good to VG

 This tin whistle is 2.75 inches (7 cm) long. It has two tubes and a combined tone when you blow into it. On the mouthpiece is a reclining brown lion. Colorful musical instruments, including a piano, drum, mandolin, saxophone and accordion are seen on the two tubes along with a sprinkling of musical notes. The notes are in black on the blue background so they do not show up very well.

 Colors are bright and condition is good to very good. There are a few spots of wear and scratches. The tone of the whistle is good.

PW-283

$25.

Pre-War Japan Blue Lion (Light) Music Whistle

2.75 inches (7 cm) tall

Good to VG

 This tin whistle is 2.75 inches (7 cm) long. It has two tubes and a combined tone when you blow into it. On the mouthpiece is a reclining light tan lion. Colorful musical instruments, including a piano, drum, mandolin, saxophone and accordion are seen on the two tubes along with a sprinkling of musical notes. The notes are in black on the blue background so they do not show up very well.

 Colors are bright and condition is very good. There are a few spots of wear and scratches and the back has darkened with age. The tone of the whistle is good.

PW-284

$25.

Pre-War Japan Bi Plane Over City Whistle

2.75 inches (7 cm) tall

EX

This colorful [re-war Japanese tin litho whistle is 2.75 inches (7 cm) tall. The image is of city buildings with a bi-plane flying above them. This is the flat version of this image. It still has two tubes and a double tone but they are not raised on the front. The whistle sound is a little weak.

The whistle is in excellent condition. Some darkening has occured on the back side.

PW-285

$65.

Pre-War Japan Bi-Plane Over City Whistle Raised Double Tubes

2.75 inches (7 cm) tall

VG

This colorful pre-war Japanese tin litho whistle is 2.75 inches (7 cm) tall. The image is of city buildings with a bi-plane flying above them. This is the raised tube version of this image. It has a double tone.

The whistle is in very good condition with some edge wear. Some darkening has occured on the back side. The double tone sound is good.

PW-286

$65.

Pre-War Japan Stork Delivering Baby Whistle

1 and 7/8 inches (4.8 cm) tall

EX

This is one of the common pre-war Japanese whistle shapes. The figural shape has the look of a person and was used for that many times. In this instance, the almost 2 inch tall shape has the stork delivering the baby image which can show up on other shapes as well. It is a very detailed scene with the stork, wearing glasses holding the swaddled baby in his beak as the sun rises over a pond with a turtle or fish head looking up out of the water and a butterfly flitting about. Condition is excellent with some darkening on the back and a soft whistle sound.

PW-287

$50.

Pre-War Japan Figural Stork Delivering Baby Whistle

2.75 inches (7 cm) tall

EX

This is one of the common pre-war Japanese whistle shapes. The figural shape has the look of a person and was used for that many times. In this instance, the larger 2.75 inch tall shape has the stork delivering the baby image which can show up on other shapes as well. It is a very detailed scene with the stork, wearing glasses holding the swaddled baby in his beak as the sun rises over a pond with a turtle or fish head looking up out of the water and a butterfly flitting about. Condition is excellent with a strong whistle sound.

PW-288

$65.

Pre-War Japan Cute Birds Tin Flute Whistle

5.5 inches (14 cm) tall

EX

This pre-war Japan tin flute type whistle is 5.5 inches (14 cm) tall.The stylized graphic image shows a group of cute birds sitting on branches surrounded by musical notes.

The whistle has bright colors, a shiny surface and is in excellent condition. There is a line of wear on the raise line just below the mouthpiece. The musical qualities are limited but if you are skilled, a few different notes can be produced.

PW-289

$25.

Pre-War Japan Flute Whistle-Giraffe, Kewpie, Flags

4 and 5/8 inches (11.5 cm) tall

VG to EX

This pre-war Japanese tin flute whistle can be found with a series of different images. There is usually a flag on the mouthpiece and a giraffe just below. Other flags occur at the bottom (Japan, British and USA). The center image is different, in this case a little Kewpie girl in a dress.

Condition is very good to excellent with bright colors and some wear to the gold toned back of the whistle. Even with only three holes in the flute the tones you can get are good and the sound is strong.

PW-290

$55.

Pre-War Japan Long Tail Bird on Branch Flute Tin Whistle

5.5 inches (14 cm) tall

EX

This pre-war Japan tin flute type whistle is 5.5 inches (14 cm) tall. The stylized graphic image shows a long tailed bird sitting on a branch. The bird looks remakably like a chicken (except for the tail).

The whistle has bright colors, a shiny surface and is in excellent condition. The musical qualities are limited but if you are skilled, a few different notes can be produced.

PW-291

$25.

Pre-War Japan Flute Whistle-Giraffe, Native, Flags

4 and 5/8 inches (11.5 cm) tall

VG

This pre-war Japanese tin flute whistle can be found with a series of different images. There is usually a flag on the mouthpiece and a giraffe just below. Other flags occur at the bottom (Japan, British and USA). The center image is different, in this case a black native in a grass skirt holding a spear.

Condition is very good with some light wear. The musical qualities are limited but if you are skilled, a few different notes can be produced.

PW-292

$50.

Pre-War Japan Flute Whistle- Man in Tuxedo

4 and 5/8 inches (11.5 cm) tall

VG

This pre-war Japanese tin flute whistle can be found with a series of different images. This one is the only one I found with an assortment of animals, an airplane and a man in a tuxedo and top hat on it. Condition is generally very good. The back is darkened with age. The sound is ok and you can get three or four different tones.

PW-293

$55.

Pre-War Japan Red Bugle Whistle

2 and 1/8 inches (5.4 cm) wide

EX

This unusual figural pre-war Japanese whistle is in the shape of a bugle. The colors are bright, condition is excellent and the whistle sound is very loud.

PW-294

$50.

Pre-War Japan Missouri Insurance Co. Building Whistle

1 and 5/8 inches (4.2 cm) wide

EX

This pre-war Japanese tin whistle might have been an advertising give-away. Pictured is a corner building with the words Missouri Insurance Co. along both visible faces at the top of the building. Some early looking cars can be seen on the street. The colors are very soft and muted. Condition is excellent with a nice whistle sound.

PW-295

$85.

Pre-War Japan Blue Five of Diamonds Card Whistle

1 and 5/8 inches (4.2 cm) tall

VG

These pre-war Japanese tin card shaped whistles were CrackerJack premiums. I am not positive how many different cards were produced but certainly more than I have available here. This example is the 5 of diamonds (with blue diamonds). Condition is very good. There are a few spots of wear and the back has light rust stains. The whistle sound is good.

PW-296

$50.

Pre-War Japan Seven of Clubs Card Whistle

1 and 5/8 inches (4.2 cm) tall

VG

These pre-war Japanese tin card shaped whistles were CrackerJack premiums. I am not positive how many different cards were produced but certainly more than I have available here. This example is the 7 of clubs (with blue clubs). Condition is very good. There are a few spots of wear and the back has darkened. The whistle sound is good.

PW-297

$50.

Pre-War Japan King of Hearts Card Whistle

1 and 5/8 inches (4.2 cm) tall

VG

These pre-war Japanese tin card shaped whistles were CrackerJack premiums. I am not positive how many different cards were produced but certainly more than I have available here. This example is the King of hearts. Condition is very good. There are a few spots of wear. The whistle sound is good.

PW-298

$75.

Pre-War Japan Red Five of Diamonds Card Whistle

1 and 5/8 inches (4.2 cm) tall

VG

These pre-war Japanese tin card shaped whistles were CrackerJack premiums. I am not positive how many different cards were produced but certainly more than I have available here. This example is the 5 of diamonds (with red diamonds, as you would expect). Condition is very good. There are a few spots of wear. The whistle sound is good.

PW-299

$50.

Pre-War Japan Queen of Clubs Card Whistle

1 and 5/8 inches (4.2 cm) tall

EX

These pre-war Japanese tin card shaped whistles were CrackerJack premiums. I am not positive how many different cards were produced but certainly more than I have available here. This example is the Queen of Clubs. Condition is excellent. This card is marked Foreign instead of Japan. The whistle sound is good.

PW-300

$75

Pre-War Japan Queen of Spades Card Whistle

1 and 5/8 inches (4.2 cm) tall

EX

These pre-war Japanese tin card shaped whistles were CrackerJack premiums. I am not positive how many different cards were produced but certainly more than I have available here. This example is the Queen of Spades. Condition is excellent. The whistle sound is good.

PW-301

$75.
Pre-War Japan Gun Whistle

2.5 inches (6 cm) long

Good -VG

This unusual pre-war Japanese whistle appears to be a gun with some strange patterns. I have not seen this shape used for any other whistle design. Condition is good to very good. There is a bit of a rough spot at the end of the gun barrel and some wear on the raised spiral design part. The mouthpiece is at the top of the gun and the whistle sound is strong with a slight warble.

PW-302

$45.

Pre-war Japan Red Koi Fish Whistle

1.25 inches (3 cm) wide

VG-EX

This little shape was used for people, fish, clocks, an octopus and possibly other things we have not found yet. Here we have a red Koi type fish seen from the side. Condition is very good to excellent with a bit of edge wear near the tail. The sound is shrill.

PW-303

$25.

Pre-War Japan Mandolin with Drum Major Whistle

2 and 5/8 inches (6.6 cm) tall

Good to VG

I don't remember exactly how many of these mandolin shaped pre-war Japanese whistles I had but it was a lot. Most were variations of a woodgrain background with some flowers (and there were a lot of these variations). This example is unusual because of the drum major figure running along the top of some round bases (drums?). There were other mandolins with figures. One with a Tanuki is one I used to find all the time but have not seen recently.

Condition on this whistle is good to very good. There are chips in the litho right in the center which you can see on close examination. The whistle sound is good.

PW-304

$50.

Pre-War Japan Mandolin with Flowers Whistle

2 and 5/8 inches (6.6 cm) tall

EX

I don't remember exactly how many of these mandolin shaped pre-war Japanese whistles I had but it was a lot. Most were variations of a woodgrain background with some flowers (and there were a lot of these variations). This is one of those examples. Condition is excellent on this whistle and the sound is good.

PW-305

$40.

Pre-War Japan Red Music Images Flute Whistle

4 and 7/8 inches (12.3 cm) tall

VG-EX

This pre-war Japanese flute whistle has the same images of music staffs, music notes and musical instruments that you see on the lion head topped whistles that came in red, yellow and blue. I have not seen any color variations of the flute version but they could be out there.

This whistle is in very good to excellent condition with a spot of wear along one edge. You can create some different tones on this whistle but nothing too musical.

PW-306

$25.

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Tin Post War Japanese Whistles

Image
Name
Description
Price
50's-60's Japanese Set of Three Tin Baseball Whistles-Catcher, Pitcher, Batter

3.25 inches (8.3 cm) tall

EX

These three 3.25 inch tall tin litho whistles were made in Japan probably in the early 60's . Each whistle features a baseball player...pitcher, batter or catcher with a different color scheme for each. All three whistles are in excellent condition with only a minor scratch or two due to originally being shipped all together in a box that held dozens.

You are buying the set of three for one price.

W-1

$20.

 

Tin 1950's Japanese Space Gun Whistle

2.75 inches (7 cm) wide

EX

I have had this whistle once or twice before but still consider it to be fairly rare. Great litho of a rocket, spaceman and the words Space Gun. The size is smaller than most of the gun shaped whistles at 2.75 inches long. Made in Japan, 1950's vintage. Condition is excellent.

W-7

$55.

1950's JapanYellow RX-58 Space Rocket Tin Whistle

3.5 inches (9 cm) wide

EX

This very colorful yellow rocket shaped tin litho whistle is 3.5 inches long. It is one in a series of three. You can see the pilot in the cockpit, the blast of the exhaust and a glimpse of the stars in space. RX-58 is written on the side. Condition is excellent and the whistle has a nice tone. Made in Japan.

W-8

$30.

50's-60's Japanese Circus Seal Balancing Ball Tin Whistle

3 inches (7.6 cm) tall

VG

This colorful 3 inch tin litho whistle shows a circus seal balancing a striped ball on his nose. Condition is very good. The colors are bright and the surface is shiny. The whistle sound has a pleasant tone. Made in Japan, 1960s vintage.

W-10

$8.

50's-60's Japanese Circus Clown on Unicycle Tin Whistle

3 inches (7.6 cm) tall

Good Plus

This colorful 3 inch tin litho whistle shows a circus clown riding a unicycle. Condition is good plus. The front is pretty nice with bright colors and a shiny surface but there is rust staining on the back. Made in Japan, 1960s vintage. Nice loud whistle sound.

W-11

$8.

50's-60's Japanese CrackerJack AirplaneTin Whistle-French Flags

1.75 inches (4.5 cm) wide

VG

There are many small whistles that were CrackerJack premiums. I am not positive about all of them. These small 1.75 inch plane shaped ones are some that I am . They had different country's flags on the wings. This example has the French flag.. Condition is very good with bright colors and a high pitched whistle tone.

W-12

$12.

50's Japanese Dapper Dressed Eagle Tin Whistle

1.75 inches (4.5cm) tall

VG

 

This vintage 1.75 inch tall tin litho figural whistle is brightly colored with lots of details. The image is of a fierce looking bird...hawk?...eagle?. Anyway, he is nattily attired in a double-breasted yellow vest and green bow tie and has a cane dangling from one wing. The whistle makes a high pitched sound. Condition is generally very good with a minor scratch or two. Made in Japan.

W-14

$10.

50's Japanese Mr. and Mrs. Penguin Tin Whistles

1.75 inches (4.5 cm) tall

Good Plus

 This pair of 1.75 inch tall tin litho figural whistles is brightly colored with lots of details. Mr. Penguin has the striped pants, patterned vest and red bow tie with a cane tucked under his wing. The Mrs. has a bow on her head and at her neck, wears a skirt and blouse that are a riot of polka dots and holds a purse. Both are wearing sensible shoes. The whistles makes a high pitched sound. Condition is generally good plus with some scratches on some couples due to marital strife. Sold as a pair.

W-15

$18.

50's-60's Japanese Clown Musican Flute Tin Whistle-Red

4.5 inches (11.3 cm) tall

EX

This colorful tin flute-style whistle is almost 4.5 inches long. The vintage made in Japan whistle has three holes that you cover to change the tone as you blow into it. I have to admit that it is not very musical but it is brightly colored and decorated with a dancing clown playing a flute-whistle, and a comic duck and singing pig surrounded by musical notes. The predominate color is red. Condition is excellent.

W-17

$10.

1960's Japanese Cowboy with Lasso on Horse Tin Whistle

2.5 inches (6.4 cm) tall

EX

This colorful tin whistle is 2.5 inches tall and 1.5 inches wide. The scene shows a cowboy whirling a lasso while riding his horse in a colorful Western landscape.

Condition is excellent on this vintage tin whistle. Nice loud whistle tone. Made in Japan, 1960's vintage.

W-20

$8.

1960's Japanese Cavalry Rider on Horse Tin Whistle

2.5 inches (6.4 cm) tall

EX

This colorful tin whistle is 2.5 inches tall and 1.5 inches wide. The scene shows a cavalry soldier brandishing a sword as his horse rears in a colorful Western landscape.

Condition is excellent on this vintage tin whistle. Nice loud whistle tone. Made in Japan, 1960's vintage.

W-21

$8.

Large Early 50's Japan Good Guy Cowboy Tin Whistle on Card

4.5 inches (11.5 cm) tall

EX

This is the largest version of this 1950’s figural tin whistle at 4.5 inches tall. The good guy cowboy is easily recognized by the lack of a sinister sneer and mustache and the open and innocent look on his face. True he is holding two guns and they are pointed right at you but he is probably defending a damsel in distress.

The whistle is in excellent condition with bright colors and only minor scratches. The whistle has a sharp double tone.The card is missing one corner. Made in Japan.

W-22

$25.

Large Early 50's Japan Outlaw Cowboy Tin Whistle on Card

4.5 inches (11.5 cm) tall

EX

This is the largest version of this 1950’s figural tin whistle at 4.5 inches tall. The bad guy/outlaw is easily differentiated from the good guy cowboy and cowgirl from the same series by his squinty sinister gaze and pencil thin mustache.....that and the two six guns pointed right at you.

The whistle is in excellent condition with bright colors and only minor scratches. It is on the original card marked Novelty Cowboy Whistle. The whistle has a sharp double tone. The card has some damage on the bottom edge. Made in Japan.

W-24

$25.

Large Early 50's Japan Good Guy Cowboy Tin Whistle

4.5 inches (11.5 cm) tall

VG

This is the largest version of this 1950’s figural Japanese tin whistle at 4.5 inches tall. The good guy cowboy is easily recognized by the lack of a sinister sneer and mustache and the open and innocent look on his face. True he is holding two guns and they are pointed right at you but he is probably defending a damsel in distress.

Condition is very good. There is a small amount of wear on the raised areas.

W-25

$20.

50's Japan Cowboy on Brown Horse Tin Whistle-Blue Sky

3.25 inches (8.3 cm) tall

VG

This colorful vintage tin litho Japanese whistle is 3.25 inches tall. It is in the shape of a cowboy astride a brown horse with a blue sky background.

Condition is very good with some wear on raised parts and the whistle makes a nice loud sound. Made in Japan, 1950s vintage.

This shape was also used for some other images as can be typical of Japanese whistles.

W-26

$10.

50's Japan Cowboy on Brown Horse Tin Whistle-Yellow Sky

3.25 inches (8.3 cm) tall

VG

This colorful vintage tin litho Japanese whistle is 3.25 inches tall. It is in the shape of a cowboy astride a brown horse with a yellow sky background.

Condition is very good with some wear on raised parts and the whistle makes a nice loud sound. Made in Japan, 1950s vintage.

This shape was also used for some other images as can be typical of Japanese whistles.

W-28

$10.

1950's Japan Tin Space Whistle-Satellite Over City

2 and 5/8 inches (6.7 cm) tall

EX

This whistle is one of a series of three Japanese tin space themed whistles that are probably the nicest ones they made. The whistle is a bit more than 2.5 inches tall. The litho is very detailed and colorful. This whistle depicts a large satellite in the dark starry sky over a city of tall buildings. Condition is excellent and the whistle has a pleasant tone.

W-30

$30.

50's-60's Japanese CrackerJack Tin Whistle-Cowboy with Gun

2 and 1/8 inches (5.5 cm) tall

EX

The series of western theme images on this shape and size Japanese tin whistle were all CrackerJack premiums. The double tone whistle is a bit more than 2 inches tall. It makes a shrill sound. Condition is excellent. Sometimes there is a slight variation in the hue of the background color.

The blue version shows a steely eyed cowpoke , gun drawn and pointed right at you. The musical notes must be about the whistle. Made in Japan.

W-31

$10.

50's-60's Japanese CrackerJack Tin Whistle-Cowboy with Guitar

2 and 1/8 inches (5.5 cm) tall

EX

The series of western theme images on this shape and size Japanese tin whistle were all CrackerJack premiums. The double tone whistle is a bit more than 2 inches tall. It makes a shrill sound. Condition is excellent Sometimes there is a slight variation in the hue of the background color.

The red version has a cowboy in a more mellow mood, playing his guitar...now the musical notes make sense.

W-32

$10.

50's Japanese Tiny Multi Colored Bird with Red Breast Tin Whistle

1.25 inches (3 cm) tall

VG

This small (1.25 inches tall) bird whistle comes in two litho variations. This one has blue wings and a red breast. The whistle sound is shrill but not loud. Condition is very good. The back is darkened with age.

W-36

$10.

50's Japanese Tiny Multi Colored Bird Tin Whistle

1.25 inches (3 cm) tall

VG

This small (1.25 inches tall) bird whistle comes in two litho variations. This one has multi color wings and a green with yellow spotted breast. The whistle sound is shrill but not loud. Condition is very good. The back is darkened with age.

W-37

$10.

Early 50's Japanese Y-Shaped Clown with Acrobats Tin Whistle

2.5 inches 6.4 cm) tall

Good Plus

This 1950’s vintage Japanese whistle is one of the more uncommon ones. It has a double tone and is in the shape of a Y. A colorfully dressed clown juggling knives is on the lower part of the Y and the upper arms show two girl acrobats balancing on a bar above the clown’s head. There are loads of details including musical notes, red and blue bubbles and a weird dressed mouse centered between the girls on the bar. The whistle is 2.5 inches (6.4 cm) tall and 1.75 inches (4.5 cm) at the widest point.

 This is not an easy whistle to find. When I had an opportunity to get a small group of them I did not hesitate, despite their less than perfect condition. The colors are muted and the surface is not shiny. Some of this is due storage conditions and to wear and tear. The top surface shows light scratches and wear. The back surface has darkened with age and shows some light rust spots. I had not tried to polish or clean these whistles when I took the photos so in the interests of science I applied some Meguiar’s cleaner-wax to them with Q-tips and terry cloth. A lot of dirt was removed and they did get pretty shiny but most of the scratches remained, thus the good plus condition rating.

W-38

$20.

Early 50's Japanese Y-Shaped Cowboy Roping Steer Tin Whistle

2.5 inches (6.4 cm) tall

Good Plus

This 1950’s vintage Japanese whistle is one of the more uncommon ones. It has a double tone and is in the shape of a Y. A cowboy in a red Stetson hat is on the lower part of the Y and the upper arms show a cowboy roping a steer. The whistle is 2.5 inches (6.4 cm) tall and 1.75 inches (4.5 cm) at the widest point.

This is not an easy whistle to find. When I had an opportunity to get a small group of them I did not hesitate, despite their less than perfect condition. The colors are muted and the surface is not shiny. Some of this is due storage conditions and to wear and tear. The top surface shows light scratches and wear. The back surface has darkened with age and shows some light rust spots. I had not tried to polish or clean these whistles when I took the photos so in the interests of science I applied some Meguiar’s cleaner-wax to them with Q-tips and terry cloth. A lot of dirt was removed and they did get pretty shiny but most of the scratches remained, thus the good plus condition rating.

W-39

$15.

50's Japanese King of Spades or Clubs Tin Whistle

2 inches (5 cm) tall

VG

The shape of this vintage Japanese whistle says spade, the insignia on the mouthpiece is a club and the King is obvious. Colors are bright on the 1950's whistle and the sound is crisp. Condition is very good. There is a small spot on the front that does not clean off and the back has a bit of discoloration.

W-44

$12.

Early 1950's Japan Large National Baseball Pitcher Tin Whistle

4 and 3/8 inches (11 cm) tall

EX

I had never seen this large size 50's Japanese tin whistle until a few years ago when I was able to buy a small group of them. This is my last one. Just like the smaller version, the National pitcher wears blue. Details are great on this large whistle and it has a loud double tone. Condition is excellent.

W-45

$45.

1950's Japan Outlaw Cowboy Tin Whistle

3.5 inches (8.8 cm) tall

VG

This smaller size outlaw cowboy whistle (3.5 inches) has the same checked pants and blue shirt with red tie as the larger version but his cowboy hat is green. The bad guy/outlaw is easily differentiated from the good guy cowboy and cowgirl from the same series by his squinty sinister gaze and pencil thin mustache.....that and the two six guns pointed right at you.

Condition is very good. Colors are bright but the surface looks dull ( it could use some wax) and there is a spot of wear on one side of the hat. The whistle has a sharp double tone.

W-46

$15.

1950's Japan National Baseball Pitcher Tin Whistle

3 inches (7.6 cm) tall

EX

There are two versions of these baseball theme whistles in this size (3 inches). This one is the National pitcher (the other is an American batter in stripes). These 1950's vintage tin Japanese whistles are not common. This example is in excellent condition with a crisp double tone sound, bright colors and a shiny surface.

W-47

$35.

1960's Japanese Tin Horse Race Whistle-Olympic Rings

2 and 5/8 inches (6.6 cm) tall

VG

There are three versions of this tin whistle shape that show similar Olympic themes of a trophy, laurel wreath and Olympic rings. This one is not really showing an Olympic sport (to my knowledge), as three horses with jockeys race around a track. Condition is very good but the whistle sound is a bit shrill. Made in Japan, probably 1960's vintage.

W-49

$8.

1960's Japanese Tin Olympic Runners Whistle

2 and 5/8 inches (6.6 cm) tall

VG

There are three versions of this tin whistle shape that show similar Olympic themes of a trophy, laurel wreath and Olympic rings. This one is the only one showing a possible Olympic sport , as three runners race around a track. Condition is very good but the whistle sound is a bit shrill. Made in Japan, probably 1960's vintage.

W-50

$8.

1950's Japan Tiny Yellow Cab Taxi Tin Whistle

2 inches (5 cm) long

EX

This tiny but detailed tin whistle is only 2 inches long. It is shaped like a car and has litho that makes it a taxi cab. A Yellow Cab to be exact. Condition is excellent with a loud sharp whistle sound.

W-55

$16.

50's-60's Japanese Tin Double Side Sports Whistle-Runner and Woman Tennis Player

4 inches (10.2 cm) tall

Good Plus

This double sided tin Japanese whistle has two sports themed images. On one side is a woman playing tennis with an American flag and on the other a runner crossing the finish line with a Union Jack flag. Condition is good plus with some small areas of corrosion on the circular top piece. Colors are still bright and the whistle has a deep double tone.

W-56

$8.

Small Japanese Tin Whistle-Navy Helicopter

1.25 inches (3.2 cm) tall

VG

This small unusual whistle shows an embossed helicopter hovering over a city. The helicopter is marked Army and a soldier's head is on the mouthpiece. It makes a very loud sound for the size. Condition is very good with some small scratches. The back has darkened with age.

W-60

$12.

Small Japanese Tin Whistle - Army Helicopter

1.25 inches (3.2 cm) tall

VG

This small unusual whistle shows an embossed helicopter hovering over the water. The helicopter is marked Navy and a pilot's head is on the mouthpiece. It makes a very loud sound for the size. Condition is very good with some small scratches. The back has darkened with age.

W-61

$12.

50's Japan Indian Gun Whistle with Tomahawk

4.5 inches (11.5 cm) long

EX

This large tin Japanese whistle has muted early 50's colors. An Indian in a war bonnet is seen on the handle of the gun-shaped whistle and a tomahawk decorates the barrel of the gun.This same gun shape also comes as a clicker. The whistle is more rare. The whistle has a sharp double tone and condition is excellent.

W-63

$25.

Japanese Baseball Cap Whistle

2.25 inches ((6 cm) long

EX

This figural tin whistle is in the shape of a baseball cap. The front of the cap has a B on it, standing for some team no doubt. Condition is excellent on this whistle. It has a nice deep tone.

W-66

$35.

Japanese Tin Whistle- Vine with Flowers

1.75 inches (4.5 cm) tall

EX

I used to think that these three flower themed whistles were pre-war but after finding them on a card with some decidedly post war items ( a tin pin and a toy wristwatch) I have changed my mind. True, they could be left-over pre-war stock that were just added to the card but for now we will go with post war.

This whistle has a red border and a flowering vine image. Condition is excellent and the whistle has a sharp double tone.

W-67

$6.

Small Japanese Tin Whistle-African Native w/Spear

1.25 inches (3.5 cm) tall

EX

This tin Japanese whistle is very small with a high pitched sound. The same shape was used for a few different lithos. This one depicts an African native holding a spear. Condition is excellent.

W-71

$10.

Power Rangers Tin Whistle

3.25 inches (8 cm) tall

Good

This whistle shape was used for a series of different clown, circus, seal and performing dog whistles. Here it depicts one of the Power Rangers. The whistle works well but the surface is afflicted by some small scratches, flakes and scrapes.

W-74

$12.

Power Rangers Tin Whistle

3.25 inches (8 cm) tall

Good

This whistle shape was used for a series of different clown, circus, seal and performing dog whistles. Here it depicts one of the Power Rangers. The whistle works well but the surface is afflicted by some small scratches, flakes and scrapes.

W-75

$12.

Power Rangers Tin Whistle

3.25 inches (8 cm) tall

Good

This whistle shape was used for a series of different clown, circus, seal and performing dog whistles. Here it depicts one of the Power Rangers. The whistle works well but the surface is afflicted by some small scratches, flakes and scrapes.

W-76

$12.

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