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Rugby World Cup 2015

Rugby World Cup Gold Plated Acme Thunderer Whistle

Regular price £199.97
2015 Rugby World Cup Thunderer Whistle
The Acme Thunderer story

Joseph Hudson, a farmer working from Derbyshire, moved to the city of Birmingham like so many during the Industrial Revolution, and trained as a toolmaker.  His early products were snuff boxes, cork screws and whistles.

His whistle business was very small until in 1883, The London Metropolitan Police advertised for an idea to replace the cumbersome policeman's rattle.  Joseph Hudson invented a novel whistle for the purpose. It could be held in the mouth leaving the hands free, a clear advantage over the rattle. The police tested his whistle on Clapham Common, and were delighted when clearly heard just over a mile away.

In 1884, the world's first reliable 'pea' whistle

, 'The Acme Thunderer,' was launched offering total reliability, control and power to the sports referee.Acme, based in the famous Jewelery Quarter of Birmingham, is now the world's largest producer of whistles and the Thunderer is the first choice of professional rugby referees.

The Thunderer whistle at Rugby World Cup 2015

England Rugby commissioned a solid silver version of the Acme Thunderer to be blown at the opening match between England and Fiji at Twickenham Stadium.  The whistle will be exhibited at the Museum of Rugby.

This Commemorative Thunderer Whistle is gold plated and laser engraved with the Tournament marks, along with a unique serial number matching the number on the hologram attached to the certificate of authenticity. Limited to only 250 units in the edition, the historical connection of the whistle with the game of rugby in England makes this a truly a unique and desirable piece.

Limited Edition: 
250 units

Acrylic display case and packaging
Dimensions: 100mm acrylic cube
-Laser engraved with event marks
-Inner plinth for whistle 
-Premium collector's box with gold foil stamping

The image shown is digitally created and meant to communicate a reasonable depiction of the actual item.

All items are sold with a full 30 day money back guarantee. 

Please note: It can take up to 5 working days to prepare for dispatch. We send by tracked courier, either UPS or Fed-Ex, and are happy to send anywhere in the world. For delivery rates to any specific location, please get in touch. 

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Additional information on your order - please take the time to read the details below.

Printed in a professional photographic lab.

Framed to order by skilled craftsmen.

The glazing is perspex for safety during transit. No matter how well glass is packed it often gets smashed!

Postage and packing within the UK is Free. large framed items are dispatched via UPS or Fed-Ex, smaller items by Royal Mail. 

The cause of late delivery is most often an address query. Please ensure that your correct full address is given plus a telephone number if possible.

If your item is damaged during transit (this is rare) don't worry we will reprocess your order as quickly as possible. If you are asked to sign for this delivery, we ask that when your parcel is delivered you check for damage and refuse the delivery if it is not in good condition. When you sign you are declaring that you have received it in good condition and we cannot make a claim against the courier.

We will take every care in the production and dispatch of your order. If however you are not satisfied with your purchase please contact us via email or the contact seller link. Emails are answered on a working daily basis and you will receive a reply promptly. Please note our offices are not open at weekends or bank holidays.

International shipping is expensive for many of our framed items, and can vary depending on location - please contact us for more information - we are happy to dispatch anywhere in the world.

Payment by Paypal preferred, but we will also take payment by bank transfer, please contact us for more information if you wish to pay by this route. 

Any queries please let us know - we aim to respond to any enquiries within 24 hours

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