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Ear Trumpets (Ear Horns)

Drapier French "Opera" Celluloid Ear Trumpet (Ear Horn)

The Drapier French "Opera" ear trumpet was manufactured by the Drapier company in Paris, France somewhere around 1880, It was a single-section celluloid ear trumpet made to look like tortoiseshell.

This lightweight ear trumpet weighed only 2.2 oz. (64 g). It measured 11¾" (30.1 cm) long and was 2 1/16" (5.3 cm) wide at the bell end.

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Side view of the Drapier French "Opera" ear trumpet.

 

 

 

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View of the front section of the Drapier French "Opera" ear trumpet showing some of the design of this ear trumpet.

 

 

 

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View looking into the bell of the Drapier French "Opera" ear trumpet.

 

 

 

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Front view of the bell of the Drapier French "Opera" ear trumpet showing the beautiful design when the light passes through the faux tortoiseshell.

The cut-away front  gives the bell a bit of a "scoop" shape so you could aim the trumpet somewhat down and yet effectively gather the sound.

The hole at the top is for threading a ribbon or lanyard through it so you could hang this ear trumpet around your neck when you were not actively using it.

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Rear view of the  Drapier French "Opera" ear trumpet  showing its flattened back side.

The name and manufacturer is stamped near the bell.

 

 

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Close-up of the backside of the  Drapier French "Opera" ear trumpet showing the name at the bell end. It reads, "DRAPIER" then "17 AV DE L'OPERA - PARIS" and below that, the word "DEPOSE", the French term for "trademarked" or "copyrighted".

 

 

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The curved ear tip of the Drapier French "Opera" ear trumpet was made to swivel so it could be used with either ear. Two brass tubes fitted into the plastic formed the swivel.
 

 

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Close-up  of the Drapier French "Opera" ear trumpet showing the ear tip turned to the right for use in the left ear.

 

 

 

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Close-up  of the Drapier French "Opera" ear trumpet showing the ear tip turned to the left for use in the right ear.

 

 

 

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Close-up view of the white plastic ear tip of the Drapier French "Opera" ear trumpet.

 

 

 

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Close-up view looking into the sound bore at the end of the ear-piece. This small hole for the sound is one of the smallest sound holes used in ear trumpets.

 

 


 

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