A mechanical device for helping deaf people to hear.
Constructed in all sorts of different shapes and sizes, some were made in solid silver.
Suffice it to say that many of the variations were quite useless and sold to unwary Victorians.
Construction materials include aluminium, brass, copper, ebonite, iron, natural horn, pewter, plastic, tin, tortoiseshell, vulcanite and wood.
Solid silver versions are often very decorative and would have been expensive when new.
The trumpet essentially consists of a horn to collect sound connected by a tapering tube to an earpiece. Sometimes the 3 sections are made from different materials.
A source of comprehensive data at www.eartrumpets.co.uk for the largest collection in the world
A small mobile friendly website at www.eartrumpets.com
A mobile friendly revised version of most of the data at www.eartrumpets.com
(images and information courtesy Myk Briggs, holder of the Guinness Record for the largest ear trumpets collection)
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