Original German WWII Bakelite & Metal Hand-Crank Air Raid Siren by JURK dated 1940 - 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 dark brown bakelite and still functions by emitting a classic air raid siren screech when cranked. The sound damper moves correctly, returning to the closed position by spring action. The original paint is still well retained throughout, something we rarely see!
It is complete, except it does not have the stand on the bottom, which may have been removed to make it lighter. With an intact hand hold on the top, the stand was somewhat superfluous.
The reverse is clearly maker marked JURK in a circle, with a 1940 date on the small rectangle below. 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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