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Ear Trumpets (Ear Horns)

"Finger" Ear Trumpet (Ear Horn)

This tiny "Finger" ear trumpet is quite unusual. I cannot tell whether it was meant to be a real ear trumpet, or a "trinket".

There are no manufacturers marks on it. The date of manufacture is unknown, but it was probably somewhere around 1900.

It is made of black bakelite. The overall length is only 4⅛" (10.6 cm). It weighs a miniscule 0.2 oz. (6 g).

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Bottom view of the tiny "Finger" ear trumpet.

 

 

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The ear tip of the "Finger" ear trumpet. Note that the ear tip is not curved sideways as you would expect so it would fit into the ear canal with the bell pointing ahead.

 

 

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The bell of the tiny "Finger" ear trumpet was only ⅝" (1.7 cm) in diameter.

 

 

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If you hold the "Finger" ear trumpet horizontally as shown it fits into the ear canal quite well.

 

 

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The "Finger" ear trumpet did not give much amplification at all—certainly not enough to be useful.

 

 

 

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