Original U.S. WWI Stewart Model 149A Army Chemical Warfare Service Siren - Fully Functional
Original Item: Only One Available: This is a vintage World War One chemical warfare siren with original paint. It’s a genuine Stewart Model 149A with Serial Number 11840.
The reverse side clearly reads:
CHEMICAL WARFARE SERVICE US ARMY
STEWART WARNER SPEEDOMETER CORP
Stewart-Warner is a US manufacturer of vehicle instruments. The company was founded as Stewart & Clark Company in 1905 by John K. Stewart. Their speedometers were used in the Ford Model T. In 1912 John Stewart joined with Edgar Bassick to make vehicle instruments and horns. Bassick owned Alemite Co and Stewart had bought the Warner Instrument Company , thus the name was changed to Stewart-Warner Corporation.
This Vintage WWI (1914-1918) siren works perfectly and is an EXTREMELY LOUD noisemaker! This horn also has 10765 imprinted on back of unit and 10791 imprinted on base. It measures 11 L x 7 W and stands 11" H, weight: 8 lbs. It features a wooden crank handle in good condition. The brass base has 3 screw holes for mounting.
We all remember the old Hollywood Movies showing pre-WW1 Automobiles that used the most awful horns that grated everyone's ears. Well this is it!. Even the film studios in Hollywood used these to indicate some disaster or other. Fortunately someone invented the post WW1 "hooter" and these dreadful devices were gratefully retired.
This example still retains it steel mount and is, as always, operated with a hand crank, just like a Gatling Gun. The top carry handle was removed. It has a large green blunderbuss shaped horn tube and is still painted in the original green color. Makes a perfect and unique addition to any Great War collection.
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