Hugh Hetherington Hearing Aid Museum
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Ear Trumpets (Ear Horns)

Kirchner & Wilhelm Collapsible Metal Ear Trumpet (Ear Horn)

This two-section collapsible Metal "Pipe" Trumpet is typical of those manufactured from about 1890 through to about 1920. This ear trumpet probably dates from somewhere around 1900 - 1910.

The manufacturer's mark on it shows it was manufactured by Kirchner & Wilhelm of Stuttgart, Germany.

The bell opening is 3.5". Fully extended it measures 15".

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In its collapsed (closed) position, it is only 9" long.



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Another metal (japanned brass) ear trumpet showing the manufacturer's mark about ˝" from the ear tip. It is a circle containing  a stylized "K" and "W" with a capital "S" below it standing for "Kirchner" and "Wilhelm" and "Stuttgart".


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This metal (brass) ear trumpet is the same size and shape as the above one. The above mark is the only identifying mark on it.




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Sir Jasper (Bill Vana) using the above ear trumpet in the Central Valley High School (Beaver, PA) musical "Me and My Girl" set in 1930s England showing how to correctly hold this ear trumpet.





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