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Ear Trumpets (Ear Horns)

Telescoping 2-Section "Scoop" Hard Rubber Ear Trumpet (Ear Horn)

There are no manufacturers markings on this hard rubber (vulcanite) telescoping ear trumpet. It was likely manufactured around 1910, or perhaps a bit earlier.

The bell is cut away on one side giving it a "scoop" appearance. The purpose of the scoop according to one catalogue is "so that conversations may be carried on from the side. It is for this reason considered more convenient."

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This "scoop" trumpet is 11¼" long when extended. The outside diameter of the bell is 2⅞" (inside diameter 2⅛"). Despite its apparent thickness, it weighs just 4.4 oz.

The 2-section Scoop ear trumpet cost $2.75 in 1911 according to the Charles Lentz & Sons catalog.

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Shown here in its collapsed position, the trumpet is 8⅛" long.


 

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The earpiece just pulls out to make this trumpet collapse to just 5⅜"—small enough to fit into a jacket pocket, or purse.


 

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This ear trumpet consists of 5 pieces—shown here all taken apart.

Unfortunately, over time hard rubber gets brittle and breaks easily as evidenced by the crack in the top of the bell and the broken flange on the nut (top left).

 

 


 

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