Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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3-way whistle
  • United States
  • 3-way whistle, late 1800s–1987
  • Where object was made: United States
  • wood, carving
  • Object Height/Width: 6 x 6.5 cm
    Object Height/Width: 2 3/8 x 2 1/2 in
  • Betty Austin Hensley Flutes of the World
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0658

This is a "T" shaped wooden block with a wide vertical bar, short cross bar, and slightly rounded top. The rounded top and each side of the crossbar have a hole, mostly filled with a piece of wood. There are similar holes on each side of the wide vertical bar, and a whistle hole on the front of the "T." It is made of light brown wood.

The back of the "T" has notches at either end of the crossbar through the hole and a small fingerhole.