Original U.S. WWII Hand Held Air Raid Siren by Federal Electric Company with Rare Canvas Cover & Sling
Original Item: Only One Available: This a very rare fully functional (and loud) U.S. WWII Hand Crank Air Raid Siren, complete with the original canvas cover, still attached by a metal chain. These covers are almost always missing, and of the few examples we have had, most were without the cover. This example still has the original canvas sling as well, making this only the second time we have had a complete set.
The siren is maker marked on the reverse:
FEDERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY, INC
Constructed predominately of aluminum with integral one piece carry handle and crank handle. These were originally painted OD green, however the paint does not stick to the aluminum very well as it oxizies, so often these are missing a lot of the paint. However, this example still probably has around 90% of the original paint, and looks quite nice. It still has the cover and screen to protect the rotor, items that are often missing.
The canvas cover is in good condition, though it does have wear and is somewhat dirty, Both snaps work, but there are some verdigris on them. There are also some small splits and tears in the fabric. The chain that links it to the siren body is still intact and present. The original sling is also in very good shape, with a lovely faded look.
Shown below is another example we sold previously, which sounds just the same:
These sirens were used for Air Raids and possible Gas Attacks both during combat situations and on the Home Front. This mobile handheld version is the hardest to find of any WWII siren. We do not see these often at all, and this is only the second complete U.S. hand siren of this type we have had with the original cover and sling!
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