Original WWI British Trench Wooden Gas Attack Rattle reissued for WWII - Marked 1917 and A.R.P.
Original item: Only One Available. Gas Warfare, now banned by International Treaty, was first introduced in WWI on the Western Front, and the results were devastating. Soon everyone was issued with a gas mask and was required to carry one at all times. The wooden "Gas Rattle", which looks as if it should be a Crow Scarer, was introduced as it created a unique battlefield sound so everyone who heard it knew that a Gas Attack was imminent. By the time WWII came along, as once again everyone was issued a Gas Mask, though gas was not used by any of the warring parties. The WWI-made gas rattles, still perfectly usable, were reissued as well. In WW2 they were used as an Air Raid Alert prior to the introduction of the Siren.
This 1917-dated example has a nice turned handle and was issued for use on the Western Front during WWI. It was then it was re-issued in WW2 and was stamped with A.R.P for Air Raid Precautions, together with the refurbisher's Company name of CLEMENTS & SONS, over what appears to be a 1938 or 39 date. At some point the rattle was painted RED with white stripes to make it more visible, most of which has since been removed.
Still in great working condition after more than 100 years, ready to display or frighten your Crows!
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