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Ear Trumpets (Ear Horns)

Brass 3-Section Collapsible Ear Trumpet (Ear Horn)

This brass 3-section collapsible  ear trumpet does not have any manufacturer's marks on it. It likely dates to somewhere around 1870 or so.

In its fully extended position, this ear trumpet is 14¾" (37.5 cm) long. It is quite heavy for an ear trumpet, weighing in at 6.7 oz. (190 g).

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Side view of the brass 3-section collapsible  ear trumpet fully extended.

This ear trumpet has good amplification.

This ear trumpet was made out of thicker brass than most ear trumpets.

 

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Close-up view of the mouth of the bell of this brass 3-section collapsible  ear trumpet. The diameter of the  bell is 3 7/16" (8.7 cm).


 

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View of the first (bell) section of the brass 3-section collapsible  ear trumpet showing the seam running down the inside curve.
 


 

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Rear view of the first (bell) section of the brass 3-section collapsible  ear trumpet showing the seam running down the outside curve.

This ear trumpet is very rare in that it has two seams rather than just one.


 

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Close-up view of the ear tip of the brass 3-section collapsible  ear trumpet. The ear tip is made of brass just like the rest of this ear trumpet.


 

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Close-up showing the size of the hole in the end of the ear tip of the brass 3-section collapsible  ear trumpet. The outside diameter of the ear tip is 7/16" (1.2 cm). The diameter of the hole is ¼" (0.7 cm).


 

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View of the brass 3-section collapsible  ear trumpet in its collapsed (closed) position. When collapsed, it measured only 7¾" (19.7 cm) long.

 


 

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Close-up of the first "break" ring of the brass 3-section collapsible  ear trumpet. The tapered middle tube (left) fits snuggly against the bottom section (right). To collapse it just push the two sections together until they "let go".

The diameter of the ring is 1⅛" (2.8 cm).
 

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Close-up of the second "break" ring of the brass 3-section collapsible  ear trumpet. The tapered ear tip tube (left) fits snuggly against the middle section (right). To collapse it just push the two sections together until they "let go". This makes it easy to twist the ear tip section to fit the left or right ear.

The diameter of the ring is ¾" (1.9 cm).

 


 

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