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Ear Trumpets (Ear Horns)

Conical Tin Ear Trumpet (Ear Horn)

This conical tin ear trumpet was sometimes called a "Greenwich" horn.

This example looks to be a homemade knockoff of one of the commercial ear trumpets of like design. It measures 13" long. The bell opening is 1⅞" by 3¼". Typically these ear trumpets were made out of tin and had a japanned finish.

George Tiemann & Co. listed a conical tin ear trumpet in their catalogue of 1876. It's price ranged from $2.25 to $4.00 depending on whether it was bronzed or japanned.

It seems it was a popular style of ear trumpet around 1892 when the Down Brothers catalog listed a number of different ear trumpets of this style ranging in price from 2 shillings, 3 pence to 8 shillings.

After the turn of the century it seems to have fallen out of favor, although it was still listed in some British catalogs as late as 1928 where one fancy model (Greenwich Horn) sold for between 30 and 63 shillings depending on the size and whether it was mother-of-pearl or not.

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Side view of the conical tin ear trumpet. Although a handmade version, it is a pretty close replica to the "real McCoy".

These ear trumpets were quite light, this one only weighing 2¾ oz.


 

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View of the backside of the conical tin ear trumpet showing the seam that runs the entire length of this ear trumpet.


 

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The mouth of the conical tin ear trumpet was angled at about 45 degrees. That way, you could discretely hold it angled down and still pick up the speaker's voice, rather than having it sticking straight out from your ear.


 

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This conical tin ear trumpet was made in two sections that were then soldered together.


 

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Close-up of the earpiece of the conical tin ear trumpet. Notice again, the handmade quality of this ear trumpet.

 


 

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