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Item #

A3903

1800s Tiny Silver Ear Trumpet in Case

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Price $

575

This is a Silver Ear Trumpet Drum / Plug in original leather case that date late 1800s to early 1900s.  It is marked LEFT and Weimer Co with logo.  This was for the left ear.  Note baffle of 3 slit line openings to capture sound.  Instrument appears to be made of pure silver.  These are shown and described in the book “Antique Hearing Devices” by Bennion.  This was a major advancement in deafness utilizing handmade miniature Ear Trumpets that would fit inside the ear.  These were advertised to be near invisible, comfortable and efficient.  This was designed to amplify sound and was a revolutionary new direction when compared to the bulky Conversation Tubes and other Ear Trumpets of the period.  Case size is 2” x 1.75” x .1”.  Ear Drum is 1” x .1” length.  These are truly a rare and seldom found piece of history from 100+ years ago.

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