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Ear Trumpets (Ear Horns)

Hawksley "Opera" Celluloid Ear Trumpet (Ear Horn)

The Hawksley "Opera" ear trumpet was manufactured by Hawksley & Sons of London, England somewhere around 1880. It was a single-section celluloid ear trumpet made to look like tortoiseshell.

This lightweight ear trumpet weighed only 2.3 oz. (66 g). It measured 11⅜" (28.8 cm) long and was 2 7/16" (6.3 cm) wide at the bell end.

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Side view of the Hawksley "Opera" ear trumpet.

 

 

 

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Top view of the Hawksley "Opera" ear trumpet.

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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View looking into the bell of the Hawksley "Opera" ear trumpet.

 

 

 

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Front view of the bell of the Hawksley "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 Hawksley "Opera" ear trumpet showing its flattened back side.

The name and location of manufacture is embossed near the bell.

 

 

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Close-up of the backside of the  Hawksley "Opera" ear trumpet showing the name at the bell end. It reads, "HAWKSLEY & Sons" then "LONDON" and below that, "351 OXFORD STREET".

 

 

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The curved ear tip of the Hawksley "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 Hawksley "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 Hawksley "Opera" ear trumpet showing the ear tip turned to the left for use in the right ear.

 

 

 

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Close-up  of the Hawksley "Opera" ear trumpet showing the "normal-sized" hole in the ear tip to let the sound into your ear canal.

 

 

 

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Close-up  of the Hawksley "Opera" ear trumpet showing the small black plastic ear tip.

 

 

 

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View of the Hawksley "Opera" ear trumpet in its original carrying case.

 

 

 

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Close-up view of the name embossed on the inside of the lid of the Hawksley "Opera" ear trumpet carrying case. It reads, "Hawksley & Sons" and "351 Oxford St. W. 1".

 

 

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Inside view of the empty carrying case for the Hawksley "Opera" ear trumpet.

 

 

 

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Outside view of the closed carrying case for the Hawksley "Opera" ear trumpet.

The case measured 11¾" x 3 1/16" (at widest point) x 1 13/16" high. (30.0 x 7.8 x 4.6 cm).

 

 


 

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