Original German WWII Bakelite Hand-Crank Air Raid Siren by Helin dated 1944 - Handsirene
Original Item: Only One Available. Made in approximately 1940, this is a World War II German hand-crank air raid siren (Handsirene). The chopper, stator, rear housing and handle are made of Bakelite, while the horn is steel, and the other components are aluminum. It constructed from a wonderful red bakelite and still functions by emitting a classic air raid siren screech when cranked. The sound damper and handle have unfortunately been removed. Also, the OD green "bowl" for directing the sound has some damage, as does the mounting bracket bottom and retainer for the handle. The rest of the siren still retains the original paint.
The reverse is maker marked HELIN in a circle, and below this is serial number 30753, with a date below that appears to be 1944, however the last number is not entirely clear. The folding bakelite handle is marked Ziehen (Pull) next to an arrow. The bakelite parts are of the most desirable red/brown variety. This is a very rare hard to find piece offered in fully operational condition. The handle turns with some effort, and the siren is quite loud. Definitely a great addition to any WWII collection!
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