"The Dipper" Ear Trumpet (Ear Horn)
This ear trumpet got its name since it looked somewhat like an
old-time water ladle for dipping water out of a bucket.
This example of "The Dipper" measures 16˝" long and 5" in diameter.
The dome is 4" high. It is made of tin painted black.
"The Dipper" was the "high-powered" hearing aid of its day. It is
listed in the George Tiemann & Co. catalogue of 1876 as "the most
powerful instrument, best adapted to hear public lectures, or sermons,
and will be found efficient where the smaller-sized trumpets have
Back then it sold for $4.50. It is last displayed in the 1901
Surgical Instruments catalogue put out by Wm. H. Armstrong & Co. It came
in 4 sizes, small ($4.00), medium ($5.00), large ($6.00) and extra large