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Ear Trumpets (Ear Horns)

Collapsible 3-Section Hard Rubber Ear Trumpet (Ear Horn)

There are no manufacturers markings on this hard-rubber (vulcanite) three-section collapsible ear trumpet  It was likely manufactured around 1910, or perhaps a bit earlier.

This ear trumpet measures 13⅞" (35.2 cm) when extended (as shown here) and 9" (22.8 cm) when collapsed. It weighed 5.1 oz. (146 g).

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Front view of the collapsed 3-section hard-rubber ear trumpet. Note that the middle section does not collapse, only the ear-tip section. Thus, it is a 3-section ear trumpet with only 2 sections that are collapsible.


 

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Rear view of the collapsed 3-section hard-rubber ear trumpet.  The tip of the ear-piece section sticks out to the left.

This ear trumpet is a bit unusual in that the bell end is set at a sharp right angle to the main stem of the trumpet.

 

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Front view of the bell end of this collapsible 3-section hard-rubber ear trumpet.  The bell opening is 3¾" (9.5 cm) in diameter.

 


 

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Close-up side view of the middle section of this collapsible 3-section hard rubber ear trumpet. On the left, it screws onto the bell section.

 


 

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Close-up view of the bell (left) and middle (right) sections of this collapsible 3-piece hard rubber ear trumpet showing them unscrewed from each other. The sound bore at this point is exactly 1" (2.5 cm) in diameter.


 

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Front side view of this collapsible 3-piece hard-rubber ear trumpet showing the three sections apart. Note: the ear-tip section (right) is here shown extending through the middle section. The bend in the ear tip section is made after the ear tip section is inserted into the middle section. This way, the ear-tip section can never fall out.

 

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View of the ear tip of the collapsible 3-section hard-rubber ear trumpet. The ear tip is molded on this section, rather than screwed on, as was done with many (most) ear trumpets. The ear-tip opening is ¼" (0.6 cm).

 

 


 

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