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Object Name: Steam whistle
Date: 1877-1880
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Medium: Brass, wood
Dimensions: Overall (with mount): 26 x 9 3/4 x 9 3/4 in. (66 x 24.8 x 24.8 cm) Part (whistle): 14 x 5 in. (35.6 x 12.7 cm)
Place made: North America, United States, Boston
Description: Brass three-chime whistle mounted on wooden stand; whistle is cylindrical with finial at top and three arched cut-outs above base.
Credit Line: Gift of Tiffany & Co.
Object Number: 1940.868
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Marks: Stamped on side of base: "CROSBY STEAM GAGE & VALVE CO. BOSTON. U.S. PAT. JAN 30 1877."; on collar: "10837"

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This steam whistle was used at Tiffany & Co., first at Union Square from the 1870s through 1905, and then at Fifth Avenue and 37th Streets. It was donated by the firm in 1940 when they moved to their present location on 5th Avenue and 57th Street. The whistle was presumably used to signal the start and end of workers' shifts.