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Ear Trumpets (Ear Horns)

Small "Bugle" Ear Trumpet (Ear Horn)

This "bugle" tin ear trumpet was so called because of its somewhat similar shape to a bugle.

There is no manufacturer's mark or name on this small "bugle" ear trumpet, but it likely dates from around 1910.

It stands 4¾" high, while the bell opening is 3¾". This tin ear trumpet weighs 2.8 oz. (80 g).
 

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Left side view of the small "bugle" ear trumpet.

Bugle-shaped ear trumpets were one attempt to make the traditional straight (long) ear trumpets more compact (and thus also less visible). Stretched out, this ear trumpet would be about 14½" inches long.

However, the many "corners" in the bugle reduced the amount of amplification these ear trumpets produced as compared to straight tube ear trumpets.

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Rear view of the small "bugle" ear trumpet.

Bugle ear trumpets were still listed in catalogues as late as 1928.

 

 

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Close-up of the ear tip. The ear piece is made of metal like the rest of the bugle.


 

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View looking in the bell of the small "bugle" ear trumpet.

 


 

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