Original German WWII Bakelite Hand-Crank Air Raid Siren by Mende - 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.
The reverse is maker marked MENDE in a circle, however the serial number and date markings below are unfortunately unreadable due to aluminum corrosion, which is present on the stand and rear mounting plate. 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 fairly easily, and the siren is quite loud. Definitely a great addition to any WWII collection!
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