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Ear Trumpets (Ear Horns)

Two-Section Celluloid Ear Trumpet (Ear Horn)

The two-section faux tortoiseshell ear trumpet has no manufacturer's name or marks on it. It was probably made around 1900 to 1920.

 It measured 15" (38.1 cm) in length when extended and  collapsed down to 9˝"  (24.1 cm) . It was rather light and only weighed 2.8 oz. (80 g).

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When the light shines through the faux tortoiseshell in shows its beautiful colored patterns.

The bell of this two-section ear trumpet measured 3˝" (8.8 cm) in diameter.


 

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Rear view of the two-section ear trumpet in its extended position.

 


 

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Side view of the two-section ear trumpet in its extended position showing the curve of the bell.

 


 

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View of the two-section ear trumpet when collapsed for carrying or storage.

 


 

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Close-up view of the plastic ferule at the end of the larger section to hold it together as there is considerable pressure on the joint when the two sections are extended.

Pushing the two pieces together a bit allows the ear tip end to rotate so you can use the ear trumpet in either ear.
 

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Close-up of the ear tip. It is made of black plastic. It screwed onto the end of the plastic tube.

 


 

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Close-up of the inside join at the bell end. This ear trumpet was formed from two sheets of faux tortoiseshell that were molded and then glued or melted together.

To strengthen the joint, a strip of the same plastic was glued or melted to cover the last 3˝" (8.8 cm) of the seam. You can see this horizontal plastic strip at the 9 o'clock position.

There was another similar strip on the opposite seam as well.

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Close-up view of the collapsed end of the ear tip tube inside the bell. Note how the end of the tube slides against the plastic strip and thus doesn't push the seam apart.

 

 


 

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