TENDER CO.

TENDER CO. LOST WAX CAST BRASS FISH WHISTLE KEYCHAIN

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Tender’s fish whistles are lost wax cast in England in two pieces, from solid brass. They can be blown through the mouth and sound through the left gills. They are fitted onto a brass-plated steel keyring, and the Plautus face logo is engraved into the belly.

To produce this whistle, Tender’s jeweller created the master with hand tools, from modelling wax. This needs to be in two parts, the head and air pipe at the front and the body at the back. This is so that a space can be sealed inside to allow the air to return on itself and sound a note. These master sections are then used to make a mould, into which wax is poured. The waxes of each section are packed in plaster, and molten brass is run in, melting away the wax and hardening inside the plaster. The plaster is then broken away and the pieces are filed and cleaned up.

The final joining of the two sections is done by the jeweler who made the original model. This is done with silver solder, which seals any gaps in the joint, and runs over slightly down the sides of the whistle. Any excess is removed, but the traces of silver and heat leave inconsistencies in the colour and patina of the whistle, which make every piece unique.

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  • Brand Bio

    Tender has its roots in antique workwear and machinery, especially from the Great British Steam Age. On a steam train, the tender was the truck which carried the coal and water to power the locomotive, and was coupled in between the engine and the carriages. They were built incredibly solidly, mostly from riveted cast iron, and had to hold enough fuel to take a train weighing many tons all over Britain.

    Polymath William Kroll is from the UK where he hones his various crafts and designs his British-made clothes and accessories. They are manufactured in small factories, ateliers, and homes around the country, exploring new approaches to traditional weaving, making, tanning, and dyeing. 

    His pieces are truly unique, possessing a rough, everlasting charm that only increases with age and use.

  • Ship/ Returns

    Domestic Shipping Within Australia

    Shipping costs are based on the size and/or weight of the item purchased. All orders over $300 AUD are shipped express for free Australia-wide.

    All orders shipped within Australia are sent using Startrack Express or Australia Post Express. A signature will be required for delivery, which is usually the next business day after shipping.

    All orders received before 2pm will be shipped the same day wherever possible. However, we cannot guarantee next day delivery due to courier collection and occasional delays. If your order will be significantly delayed we will always do our best to keep you informed of progress.

    To maximise efficient delivery, please specify an address and/or preferred delivery time when someone will be around to receive the parcel. If no-one is home the parcel will be taken to your nearest post office for collection, which can incur a re-delivery fee on our part.

    International Shipping - Rest of World

    Shipping costs are based on the size and/or weight of the item purchased. All orders over $850 AUD are shipped free of charge.

    All orders are sent using a door to door international courier service. A signature will be required for delivery. Each country has their own system for imports with individual duty and charges based on the origin and value of the item(s). The buyer is responsible for all customs charges and/or fees.

    All orders received before 2pm will be shipped the same day wherever possible. However, delays can sometimes happen due to courier collection. If significant delay is expected prior to shipping your order, we will do our best to keep you informed.