Fake ? ear trumpets
There is a growing number of ebay sellers exploiting the ignorance of buyers -
I bought at least 3 items which I doubt were ever made as actual ear trumpets.

As ear trumpets are becoming quite rare, collectibles marketed as ear trumpets fetch higher prices than they would if accurately described. Even some auction houses get it wrong ! Buyer beware ! I am NOT saying that any of these examples were intended to deceive - just be very careful to choose the items which seem to have reasonable provenance. Mostly, I believe that the seller is mis-informed.

See another opinion here To quote the Hearing Aid Museum:
"Genuine ear trumpets have curved ear pieces so the end can go into your ear canal and yet the bell of the trumpet still faces forward." "Don't be fooled by the fact that you can hear through it"

Here are some examples:

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86 May 2017 1***8 $700 b***e Baccon, France ANTIQUE terracotta didgeridoo spirale primitive snail EAR TRUMPET HORN
SELLERS DESCRIPTION:
Interesting antique terracotta or kind of plaster didgeridoo spiral, or made ear device, form of a shell or a snail, good condition, 7 inches long and pretty heavy.
NB
Who would ever manage to hold up such a heavy object ? Probably some sort of ocarina device made to make a noise - as the seller suggests a digeridoo !
But definitely not made as an ear trumpet.
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85 May 2017 1***9 $300 b***e Baccon, France ANTIQUE EAR TRUMPET HORN HEARING AID DEVICE stethoscope art deco metal
SELLERS DESCRIPTION:
Almost 13 inches long, good condition, made of metal or brass,
antique french made 1940 guaranteed.
NB
This is a FUNNEL ! The sharp end pointing the wrong way would hardly be comfortable in the ear. Just because it works doesn't make it a trumpet !
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84 Apr 2017 2***1 $1675 p***e Carefree, Arizona, United States Antique silverplate Ear Trumpet used by Eng. King George lV (Ca. 1800's)
SELLERS DESCRIPTION:
his Georgian silver gilt Ear trumpet was used by King George lV and was first sold at Osborne House after the death of Queen Victoria. Marshall Field and Co. had an antique silver collection of which this item was a part. Whether they acquired it directly as buyers from Osborne House I do not know. Ultimately it came to Zenith Radio Corp./Hearing Aid division in Chicago.
Engraved around the outer bell of the horn it says F.C. Rein & son sole manufacturers and only makers
30 Charing Cross Rd. London W.C. late 108.strand
NB
This is a perfectly good Rein trumpet labelled 30 Charing Cross Rd.. Rein moved there in 1916.
So I suspect that the provenance document applies to a different object !
Although I sent several emails to the seller pointing out the issue, the seller misquoted so that it appeared my surmise was inaccurate. Gotta be a misleading description !
image screen grabbed from ebay image screen grabbed from ebayIt is silver gilt rather than silverplate as described

It also has the earpiece missing. The item sold on 16 Apr.

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83 Apr 2017 3***3 $9.99 s***e Montrose, Pennsylvania, United States Antique Animal Cow Hunting Trumpet Ear Horn Hearing Aid Device Medical Primitive
SELLERS DESCRIPTION:
Not certain of use....could be a horn for hunting or for hearing. Has small removable screw mouthpiece earpiece at one end and open at the other. Works for either use. No markings. About 9 inches long
NB
Look at the small end - patently an item to blow like a bugle or hunting horn.
It would NOT fit in your ear !
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82 Feb 2016 1***1 82 i***m Woodland Hills, California, United States ANTIQUE BRASS EAR TRUMPET MEDICAL HEARING AID
SELLERS DESCRIPTION:
ANTIQUE BRASS EAR TRUMPET MEDICAL HEARING AID SPEAKER CAR HORN
NB
This is blatant misrepresentation
Seller has elected to describe the car horn as an ear trumpet, which it is patently not
image screen grabbed from ebay image screen grabbed from ebaythe dashboard bracket, straight horn and grille are stereotypical of an early motoring horn

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81 Feb 2017 1***8 £24 c***e Oak Harbor, Washington, United States Antique Hunting Trumpet / Bugle Fox Horn Cow Steer Medical Ear Hearing Device
SELLERS DESCRIPTION:
Antique Horn Trumpet / Bugle or could be an old Horn Hearing Device
NB
Definitely NOT a hearing device
the earpiece is HUGE!
In fairness it is not the sellers first choice but it is misleading
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80 Dec 2016 1***5 $55 c***t Delft, Netherlands RARE Book About Antique Hearing Aid Collection
SELLERS DESCRIPTION:
Rare book. Lots of pictures. 120 pages. Out of stock
NB
This book had a short print run but it is in the Dutch language. It is not in demand and has little rarity value.
BUT to cover up the title in the photos is pretty underhand
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79 Dec 16 1***2 $225 k***0 Prinsenbeek, Netherlands ANTIQUE BRASS EAR TRUMPET HEARING AID DEVICE 3 PARTS MUST SEE SUPER CONDITION
SELLERS DESCRIPTION:
VERY NICE ANTIQUE BRASS OR COPPER EAR TRUMPET HEARING AID DEVICE, FINE DETAILS.
About 1875-1900
BRASS COPPER ( see picture)
NB
At first this looked OK but I thonk it is another repro - we will soon know if it re-appears as a further offer !!
Buyer beware !
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78 Dec 2016 1***7 $900 b***e Baccon, France huge ANTIQUE EAR brass TRUMPET HORN HEARING AID DEVICE stethoscope art deco
SELLERS DESCRIPTION:
Antique 1900 from Germany or Austria, 14 inches long, complete and no damage in museum quality, made of heavy brass, well finish and nice patina, made in Germany or Austria, rare and really museum quality
NB
This is clearly not an ear trumpet as the mouthpiece would be a very uncomfortable fit. The shape is wrong for normal ear trumpet usage. the chain is typical of a blown horn ornament
image screen grabbed from ebay$900 is probably a record !

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77 Dec 2016 1***2 £68 v***a Estonia ANTIQUE BRASS EAR TRUMPET MEDICAL HEARING AID SPEAKER CAR HORN
SELLERS DESCRIPTION:
ORIGINAL OLD ITEM
Weight 0.12 kg
NB
This is a vintage car horn of a popular design
To include the term ear trumpet is intentionally misleading
The selling price suggests that someone was fooled !
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76 Sep 2016 3***3 $31 j***k Tampa Florida Vintage 2 Piece Brass Ear Trumpet Hearing Aid Device Horn Antique 28" Inch Long
SELLERS DESCRIPTION:
THIS AUCTION IS FOR THE VINTAGE EAR TRUMPET PICTURED IN THIS AUCTION. LOCAL ESTATE FIND THE DEVICE IS IN VERY GOOD CONDITION SHOWING SOME MINOR SURFACE WEAR. THE DEVICE WHEN PUT TOGETHER MEASURES 28 INCHES LONG. THE END OF THE BELL HAS A 3 3/4 INCH DIAMETER
NB
The horn is straight and has a typical mouthpice sleeve - so incorrectly described
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75 Aug 2016 F***t 950 V***s UK Walking cane ear trumpet
SELLERS DESCRIPTION:
A rare combination walking cane with ear trumpet handle.
The trumpet grille is of gilt brass, it does not have a separate ear-pice, and no sign of one having been fitted. One photo shows a hole in the top of the ear trumpet. This was made to secure the trumpet to the cane (a large screw can be viewed through it). I am sure this hole would originally have been plugged with a small disc of horn.
NB
It looks like an ear trumpet but it never was !

To be fair they have described it correctly but the title is misleading.
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74 Jul 2016 l***6 £20-40 M***A UK A 19th Century blown glass friggar
SELLERS DESCRIPTION:
A 19th Century blown glass friggar / end of day piece of ear trumpet form, with spiralling rope-twist decoration, 21.8 cm long

General wear and tear, including dirt all over. There are some internal flaws and bubbles and some small chips to the inside rims to top and bottom.
NB
This friggar was listed as an ear trumpet. I emailed the auctioneer and they kindly revised the description to that shown.

So not a fake, a misunderstanding that was quickly updated.
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73 July 2015 3***1 $75 a***n New Milford, Connecticut, United States Vintage Antique Tin Hearing Aid Ear Trumpet or Ear Horn
SELLERS DESCRIPTION:
Vintage antique tin hearing aid ear trumpet or ear horn. Excellent condition as shown, 13 inch long, funnel opening is 3 1/2 inch diameter. No manufacturer or identifying marks can be found. Small end appears to be chrome, as it is not magnetic.
NB
This is not vintage it is a reproduction. The seller sold one of these a week back !
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72 Jul 2016 1***0 50 d***1 Kemp, Texas, United States Antique Ram Horn hearing Aid or Hunters Horn
SELLERS DESCRIPTION:
Antique Ram Horn Hearing Aid. Texas estate find. Actually works as a hearing aid, amplifies sound. Measures about 12 inches in length. This piece is right out of the old country and western movies. One of the buyers said it is actually a hunters horn so I am letting buyers know. I've only seen then=m used in old movies as hearing aids but maybe they served multiple purposes.
NB
Clearly a hunting horn from the mouthpiece but at least the seller made it clear it could be either
image screen grabbed from ebay image screen grabbed from ebayThe mouthpiece would be uncomfortable in an ear

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71 Apr 2015 1***4 £18 a***l derby ATTIC BARN FIND OLD VINTAGE MARQUE DEPOSEE EAR UNKNOWN TRUMPET ? HORN ? BRASS
SELLERS DESCRIPTION:
Straight brass object with impossible earpiece

French marking
NB
Defineitely not an ear trumpet but Ebay listed it as such because the seller used the words ear and trumpet.
In fairness the seller was trying to be honest.
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70 Mar 15 2***6 105 m***r Odessa, Ukraine RARE ANTIQUE STETHOSCOPE,19th CENTURY
SELLERS DESCRIPTION:
19c Antique Vtg BRASS COPPER EAR TRUMPET STETHOSCOPE Medical Monaural Metal Tool
NB
Looks like a STRAIGHT hunting horn complete with mouthpiece. Got re-listed several times
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69 Dec 15 1***6 £150 k***0 Prinsenbeek, Netherlands ANTIQUE BRASS EAR TRUMPET
SELLERS DESCRIPTION:
PERFECT ANTIQUE BRASS EAR TRUMPET HEARING AID DEVICE MUST SEE SUPER CONDITION

About 1875-1900
NB
This a modern repro by Dekoempire sold as new for 30 euros

being offered at as much as £305 too !

same seller sold 3 pieces
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UPDATE my records show 7 sales on Ebay as of Dec 2016
and now a second repro is being sold as antique
see #79

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68 Sep 2015 3***0 £32.07 c***d O Fallon, Missouri, United States Large Ear Trumpet made of Tin
SELLERS DESCRIPTION:
This auction is for an early ear trumpet measuring approximately 18inch. The ear trumpet is in great condition and made of tin. This one probably dates to the civil war or before.
NB
It is straight !

Appears to be cobbled out of 2 unrelated parts

Someone bought it though!
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67 Jul 2015 2***6 £13.85 k***7 Ipswich, Suffolk, Crested China, Florentine China. Rare Crest Leiston. Rare subject Ear Trumpet.
SELLERS DESCRIPTION:
Crested China. Florentine China. Rare Crest Leiston. Rare Subject Ear Trumpet. Marked on base....see photo....'Florentine China Made in England'. 9cm tall approx. Good condition. Edge gilding very slightly rubbed.
NB
Anyone can see it is not an ear trumpet
Included here because Ebay displays it as such
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66 Jul 2015 2***2 $75 h***e York, Pennsylvania, United States Ear Horn
SELLERS DESCRIPTION:
Vintage Ear Horn for hearing late 1800',s early 1900's
Early ear horn,hold the small end to your ear and it's amazing the way sound projects through this vintage hearind devise
NB
I is clearly straight and has a very small horn end

Seems designed to be blown
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65 Jun 2015 1***2 $225 s***3 Bear, Delaware, United States Hunting Horn
SELLERS DESCRIPTION:
Antique Primitive Excellent 19th C Dark COPPER FOX Hunt Hunting Horn Trumpet
NB
This item was originally listed as an ear trumpet
I questioned the description and the seller promptly changed it to a hunting horn

Some people are honest !
image screen grabbed from ebayPrice is a bit heavy I see these for £15 at auction

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64 May 2015 1***2 24 p***w Frederick, Maryland, USA Antique Hearing Aid or a Horn. Antler and Silver Mouthpiece
SELLERS DESCRIPTION:
Family says it was a hearing aid, was sold as a powder horn, and most call it a horn. Either way it is neat, cool and old. Maybe where the old tape is now there was a silver collar? Or 100% homemade? Not sure if the mouthpiece is sterling, when pulled out the silver is brighter and I see no base metal where it is worn, no markings on it. It is about 14in long overall.
NB
Mouthpiece is definitive - it is a horn to blow - family history is often the worst provenance
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63 May 2015 2***7 8 i***r Bordon, United Kingdom Cow horn Bull horn Hearing aid device
SELLERS DESCRIPTION:
Cow horn Bull horn Hearing aid device. 26 cm long
NB
It has a reed in the mouthpiece for blowing ! not listening
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62 May 2015 1***1 46 z***w France RARE ORIGINAL ANCIEN SONOTONE CORNET ACOUSTIQUE
SELLERS DESCRIPTION:
cornet acoustic (ear trumpet)
Former sonotone brass.
It is very effective to amplify sound.
In good condition, cleaned.
Length: 185 mm
Pavilion Diameter: 147 mm
Weight: 130 g
NB
It is a trumpet for blowing - check the mouthpiece
Yes it appears to work but was never made as an ear trumpet
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61 Apr 2015 2***2 $77 d*** Lake Hiawatha, New Jersey, United States Antique Brass Hearing Ear Trumpet Speaking Tube
SELLERS DESCRIPTION:
An antique brass ear trumpet/hearing aide.
Measures 13 1/2 by 9 inches.
It has a small ding, and a small crack (see photos).
NB
Might be lots of things but we are agreed it was never made as an ear trumpet
image screen grabbed from ebayIt is straight ie the small end is aligned to to the horn

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60 Apr 2015 1***4 12.50 2***s Lincs UK ANTIQUE GEORGIAN HAND BLOWN GLASS HEARING AID EAR TRUMPET DEAD AID C1800
SELLERS DESCRIPTION:
ANTIQUE GEORGIAN HAND BLOWN GLASS HEARING AID EAR TRUMPET DEAD AID C1800 SMALL CHIP SEE PHOTOS 7 1/4in TALL 3.5in TRUMPET PART
NB
No !

It is a glass trumpet. Made out of after-work leftover glass for sale by the blower and fashioned as a trumpet to blow.

It is straight note that in and out are on the same axis
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59 March 2015 3***2 35 a***7 NSW Australia WW1 ANZAC.. TRENCH DEAFNESS .. HEARING TRUMPET.
SELLERS DESCRIPTION:
WW1 ANZAC .. 100 YEAR OLD HEARING AID.. HEARING TRUMPET.. FOR HEARING IMPAIRED SOLDIERS APPROX 38 CM LENGTH
NB
The earpiece is designed to take another part which is missing
the earpiece is over 1 inch in dia, requires are very large ear !

Seller can offer no provenance
image screen grabbed from ebay image screen grabbed from ebayThe hole in the side of the earpiece looks like it is for a latching pin

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58 March 2015 1***0 32.07 d***n Bristol ANTIQUE COPPER 18th / 19th Century EAR TRUMPET / HORN. Hearing Aid
SELLERS DESCRIPTION:
Genuine old item.

12 1/4 inches long (31cm).

2 5/8 inches (6.7 cm) wide at the bell
NB
It is a damaged hunting horn
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57 Jan 2015 1***3 $33.01 e***6 Springfield, Illinois, USA VINTAGE ANTIQUE 1905 PATENT EAR TRUMPET HEARING AID HORN BRASS
SELLERS DESCRIPTION:
This is a vintage/antique ear trumpet/hearing horn/hearing aid. I believe it is made of brass. It came from the estate of a retired ENT (ear, nose and throat doctor) Otolaryngologist. It is marked PATD AUG.22, 05. It measures 14in high and the trumpet bell is 7in across.
NB
This item has a sharp earpiece that would be very uncomfortable and it is STRAIGHT !

I wrote to the seller who kindly agreed to post my question:

please can you consider that this might be a broken phonograph horn ?? 14inches by 7inches was a common size for such objects ear trumpets have small earpieces and are rarely straight you might want to post this question for the benefit of buyers
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56 Jan 2015 3***3 226 m***0 Worthing, Sussex ANTIQUE CASED FOUR PART SILVER PLATED EAR TRUMPET
SELLERS DESCRIPTION:
THIS IS AN ANTIQUE CASED FOUR PART SILVER PLATED EAR TRUMPET, THE CASE MEASURES 9CM X 8CM AND IS 6.5CM HIGH
NB
Nope - it is an Auriscope

view here
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55 Jan 2015 3***4 31 t***0 skelmersdale, Lancashire, ANTIQUE EAR HEARING TRUMPET AMPLICORN DEPOSE FRENCH BRASS MEDICAL
SELLERS DESCRIPTION:
Antique Brass Ear Hearing Trumpet French Depose . It is marked Amplicorn Depose as shown in the large pictures and measures 26.5 cm long and 9 cm diameter at widest point .
NB
Seems unlikely to be a hearing trumpet since it is straight and has a mouthpiece , not an earpiece
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54 Dec 2014 2***5 47 l***n Frome ANTIQUE 19TH CENTURY SILVER PLATE EAR TRUMPET
SELLERS DESCRIPTION:
Is missing the ear piece at end. Should polish up nicely.

NB
This is a wine funnel

I have asked the seller to revise the listing but it is clearly intended to deceive as they refuse
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The last thing a trumpet needs is a baffle

Selling a plated funnel as an ear trumpet commands a higher value - caveat emptor !

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53 Sep 2014 2***2 51.82 l***e Pornic France EAR TRUMPET scientific instrument nineteenth sonotone medicine object
SELLERS DESCRIPTION:
Rare Old CORNET ACOUSTIC scientific instrument nineteenth sonotone medicine object
Brass is painted black. In good condition. Scientific object of a past time, became a curiosity
The object measures 11.8 cm diameter and 16 cm maximum height
NB
Seller agrees by email that it is a kitchen funnel but refuses to post the change of description. Another collector has tried to get the description modified too.
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52 Jun 2014 2***2 6.99 e***a Boston Lincs UK Bakelite Ear Trumpet Horn Aid
SELLERS DESCRIPTION:
A Bakelite end section of a hearing trumpet. 2in long and 2in diameter.
NB
bears no relation to any catalogued ear trumpet
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51 Feb 2014 1***6 E29 d***e Zwickau, Germany Nostalgia brass decoration stethoscope ear trumpet 16cm burnished
SELLERS DESCRIPTION:
Funnel diameter 45mm.
According to its original re-established.
Antique-which means bumps, minor damage, sometimes patina, irregularities on the solder seams and traces are desired
and to enhance the antique character.
Although the ear trumpet amplifies noise, but is clearly offered only as a decoration suitable
NB
It is offered for decoration only
but it is a bugle !
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50 Feb 2014 4***6 16 v***4 Lobbes, Belgium An acoustic horn is a tubular device or funnel which collects sound waves and the conduits to the ear. The result is a strengthening of loudness to the eardrum and thus better hearing for people who have a hearing impairment.
SELLERS DESCRIPTION:
An acoustic horn is a tubular device or funnel which collects sound waves and the conduits to the ear.

The result is a strengthening of loudness to the eardrum and thus better hearing for people who have a hearing impairment.
NB
NOPE !

it is another example of a noise making horn with a reeded mouthpiece
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49 Feb 2014 4***2 E24.99 d***e Zwickau, Germany Nostalgia brass decoration stethoscope ear trumpet Stethoscope 26cm Hearing Pipe
SELLERS DESCRIPTION:
Funnel 4.5 cm x 6.5 cm.
According to its original re-established.
Antique-which means bumps, minor damage, sometimes patina, irregularities on the solder seams and traces are desired
and to enhance the antique character.
Although the ear trumpet amplifies noise, but is clearly offered only as a decoration suitable
NB
This is a well know German style of trumpet with a reeded mouthpiece, used to make a single note
They say it is decorative, although they call it an ear trumpet - it ain't
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48 Feb 2014 3***5 E139 r***a Berlin, Germany 1820/80 rare ear trumpet / hearing pipe, sheet copper, handmade!
SELLERS DESCRIPTION:
Rare ear trumpet made ​​of sheet copper. Made by hand. At the edge are smaller dents - see photo, otherwise a functional piece collection in altersentsprechendem, good condition.

H: ca.16, 3cm, diameter / Funnel: about 7, 5cm
NB
Amongst collectors it is accepted that ear trumpets are almost exclusively not straight.
If this is was made as a trumpet then it is fairly unusual.
Maybe it is home made and the source couldn't find a way to bend it.
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47 Feb 2014 4***8 E29 d***e Zwickau, Germany Nostalgia brass decoration stethoscope ear trumpet 16cm
SELLERS DESCRIPTION:
Nostalgia polished decorative brass ear trumpet. 16cm long.
Funnel diameter 45mm.
According to its original re-established.
Antique-which means bumps, minor damage, sometimes patina, irregularities on the solder seams and traces are desired and to enhance the antique character. Although the stethoscope amplifies noise, but is clearly offered only as a decoration suitable
NB
It is only offered as decorative but it is a horn to blow !
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46 Feb 2014 1***6 E21.50 d***e Zwickau, Germany Nostalgia brass decoration stethoscope ear trumpet 35cm
SELLERS DESCRIPTION:
Funnel diameter 70mm. According to its original re-established. Antique-the mean bumps, minor damage, sometimes patina, irregularities on the solder seams and races are desired and to enhance the antique character.
Although the stethoscope amplifies noise, but is clearly offered only as a decoration suitable
NB
The description is ear trumpet but it is for decoration only ! and there are more than 10 available
If you handle one it has a reed in the 'earpiece' when you blow it makes a sound!
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45 Jan 2014 1***5 $15.99 a***7 West Bloomfield, Michigan Old/Vintage Hearing Aid Ear Horn Trumpet ???
SELLERS DESCRIPTION:
I don't know what it is, but it looks like an old ear horn piece?? I don't see any markings except the number 3 stamped into the metal...if you zoom over the 1st pic you can see it. It measures almost 6 long, the largest opening is approx. 1 3/4 in diameter or across. I don't know the metal type, it actually looks like sterling silver, but I've no idea
NB
Another straight item - at least seller admits that it is unidentified
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44 Jan 2014 1***6 $65 c***t Delft, Netherlands Antique medical hearing aid brass good condion captain fishing boat
SELLERS DESCRIPTION:
Nice antique. . ..cm long. It was a homemade hearing aid for someone who worked at a haering fishingboat as a captain. The ear was made at this horn to keep firm grip
NB
Much more likely to be used to put oil in the engine
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43 Jan 2014 2***8 152 s***z Sofia, Bulgaria ANTIQUE PRIMITIVE MEDICAL TIN HEARING AID TUBE AURICULAR EAR DEVICE
SELLERS DESCRIPTION:
Antique medical hearing aid tube - ear device, made of tin. Condition: used with traces from the age of time. Tall is 14,7cm (5 6/8'').
NB
this straight item is not an ear trumpet
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42 Dec 2013 2***1 $72 h***n Ma USA Vintage Hearing Aid Horn ,hearing trumpet,hearing aid
SELLERS DESCRIPTION:
vintage air horn I pick up old trumpets in flea market for around 50.00 I make hearing horns from them. I add belt loop and make ear piece on my lathe and solder it all togehjer great for senion citizens to hear tv
NB
THIS IS NOT A FAKE
Seller describes home made decorative and useful item - an honest seller
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41 Nov 2013 2***7 $25 m***s New Jersey, USA EAR TRUMPET QUACK MEDICAL EAR HORN QUACK MEDICINE
SELLERS DESCRIPTION:
NICE
NB
Probably made yesterday !
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40 Nov 2013 1***8 $101.05 c***1 Florida USA Hearing Horn-Ear Trumpet
SELLERS DESCRIPTION:
This fully functional hearing horn is crafted from genuine cow horn and brass. Item stands appx. 8in tall and the bell end measures appx.3in. Item is in good condition
NB
It was made in 2013. It has no remblance to a traditional ear trumpet. The earpieces is too big to use !
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39 Oct 2013 2***0 $75 m***s Glen Rock, New Jersey EAR TRUMPET RESONATOR
SELLERS DESCRIPTION:

HEAVY WALL ALUMINUM CLOSE END BOTTLE WITH EARPIECE OPENING.

DO NOT USE IN STRONG WINDS

OPERATES LIKE RESONATOR OR REVERB
NB
speechless
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38 Oct 2013 2***3 $33.59 m***s Glen Rock, New Jersey EAR TRUMPET EAR HORN QUACK MEDICINE QUACK MEDICAL
SELLERS DESCRIPTION:
STURDY
NB
Clearly home made from the same horn item as the next one
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37 Sep 2013 2***6 $95 m***s Glen Rock, New Jersey EAR TRUMPET EAR HORN SMALL
SELLERS DESCRIPTION:
POCKET SIZE
NB
This has been mis-described as an ear trumpet

The seller probably does not realise that it just doesn't work at all
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it is just 2" long

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36 Sep 2013 3***4 $25 g***0 Aurora, Ohio VINTAGE ZOBO BRASS HORN INSTRUMENT KAZOO LIKE EAR TRUMPET
SELLERS DESCRIPTION:
MARKED ZOBO BRASS BAND INSTRUMENTS, HAS A PRE 1900 PATENT DATE. MEASURES 14 INCHES TALL, I DID NOT TRY TO CLEAN, IT IS TARNISHED AND HAS SOME SCRATCHES. I GUESS IT IS LIKE A KAZOO LIKE BRASS INSTRUMENT, ALSO SOME USED IT AS "EAR TRUMPET" FOR THE HARD OF HEARING
NB
No !

It is straight and has a mouthpiece not an earpiece
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35 May 2013 2***0 $69.99 b***s Spring Lake, New Jersey, U S A Antique Ear Trumpet, Le Blanc & Co, Paris Hearing Horn Brass Ear Trumpet
SELLERS DESCRIPTION:
Antique Ear Trumpet, Le Blanc & Co, Paris Hearing Horn Brass Ear Trumpet
This lovely old brass Ear Trumpet is in VG condition (some dents- see pics)
It looks to be a modified Le Blanc & Co Brass horn.
It is @12in Long and the bell is 4 5/8in Diam.
It has a thin brass finger loop soldered to the throat.
NB
THIS IS NOT A FAKE
I emailed the seller and they agreed it was not an ear trumpet
and immediately closed the auction.
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Stroh violin trumpet

The smaller end would never go in a person's ear!

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34 April 2013 1***9 c***1 Melbourne, Florida Ear Trumpet-Hearing Horn
SELLERS DESCRIPTION:
This truly 'one of a kind' hearing horn is crafted from an early Edison Grammaphone and vintage/old Brass
NB
It is admitting that the object has been cobbled out of old irrelevant bits
image screen grabbed from ebayPicture shows re-painted phonograph horn with modern brass tube attached

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33 Feb 2013 3***0 $85 l***6 Rotterdam, Netherlands antique MYSTERY ITEM HEARING AID DEVICE rare EAR TRUMPET??
SELLERS DESCRIPTION:
rare antique mystery item, probably hearing aid device or oil filter for car

Neither of these !

It is straight and has no earpiece

Looks as though it is a steam sounder or similar - but has age
NB
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32 Feb 2013 2***7 25 l***e Sheffield, Yorkshire, United Kingdom Click to view larger image and other views Sell one like this Banjo style ear trumpet (military)
SELLERS DESCRIPTION:
A banjo style ear trumpet made of metal and showing signs of wear as you would expect from an item dating from early 1900's.

Closed it measures about 19 cms open it is about 28 cms. The ear piece is black plastic, probably bakelite.

It is stamped RJ.DOWLING LONDON 3 52 OL330 with a broad military arrow between the 3 & 52 indicating military issue
NB
NOPE ! THIS IS NOT A FAKE just a poorly declared date

it is a Medresco OL330 from 1952 !
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31 Feb 2013 1***6 130 h***1 McMinnville, Tennessee, United States VINTAGE EAR TRUMPET HEARING AID COPPER & ANIMAL HORN ANTIQUE MEDICAL DEVICE
SELLERS DESCRIPTION:
Antique Ear Trumpet Hearing Aid From The 1800s.

It measures approx. 8 in long, with a 3 in diameter opening rim to rim on the large copper flange.

It is in good vintage condition with no broken areas in the horn or copper flange.

The metal components show signs of age and wear with some minor dents and dings, as well as natural patina. The large flange appears to be held onto the horn with tiny nails.

There is some wiggle or movement in the large flange, but it is still intact on the horn.

The carry string is broken, but still attached to the horn. This string is VERY old, but whether or not it is the original string is unknown.
NB
BUT

the second image shows itis SOILD !

it is a 'decorative' piece
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30 Feb2013 3***5 $85 g***8 Skowhegan, Maine, United States 2 VINTAGE ANTIQUE EAR TRUMPET HORNS
SELLERS DESCRIPTION:
2 gutta percha vintage ear trumpets. Small trumpet has a horn measurement of 1 3/4in and is about 6in long. Large trumpet has a horn opening about 2 1/4in and is about 5 3/4in long. No cracks or breaks. Both are missing the tubes for the ear.
NB
They are telephonist microphone mouthpieces
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29 Jan 2012 1***1 329 p***d Shanklin, United Kingdom Antique Silver Plate Ear Trumpet Hearing Aid / Late 19th Early 20th Century
SELLERS DESCRIPTION:
Here up for auction i have a antique ear trumpet/hearing aid
Its made from silver plate and has a copper end really a lovely shape

The inscription reads ... Presented to the Grand Master Bro Rev.F.C.Davies by the Middlesbrough District 1.0.0.F M.U on the Occasion of his Visit April 17th 1915
So it was obviously made in the late 19th / early 20th century
Measures .. 215mm long
NB
Nope

it is a phonograph horn
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28 Jan 2012 3***9 $26 r***r Deansboro, New York, USA EARLY 19th century tinware ear trumpet RARE FORM 5 INCHES LENGHT 1830-1860
SELLERS DESCRIPTION:
A 5 INCH LENGHT HEARING AID 19TH CENTURY. WONDERFUL COLOR PATINA AND WORKS WELL. REALLY PICKS UP THE SOUND ON THIS EAR TRUMPET. GREAT FOR THE MEDICAL COLLECTOS AND EARLY UNUSAL PRIMITIVES.
NB
I bought one just like this from another faker
it is the wrong shape and has no ear piece
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27 Jan 2013 1***8 15 a***9 Plymouth, Michigan, United States Ear Trumpet - Hearing Horn - FAUX photograph
SELLERS DESCRIPTION:
This is a picture of a fake ear trumpet CONSTRUCTED FROM A vintage Brass Car Horn that I recently purchased on Ebay for less than $20.00. You can purchase from Ebay a Vintage Brass or NICKEL Car Horn and make your own Faux ear trumpets. This FAKE ear trumpet is not an example of any type of early hearing aid historical development or so-called TECHNOLOGY but is an excellent example of a modified VINTAGE BRASS or NICKEL CAR HORN. If you are looking to purchase an original historical ear trumpet you should never consider purchasing anything that looks like the FAKE EAR TRUMPET you see pictured.
NB
This is a PHOTO, not an earrumpet for sale
The seller is campaigning to stop the continuous stream of fake ear trumpets being sold on Ebay
image screen grabbed from ebayLooks quite like the offer below !

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26 Jan 2013 1***4 $60 c***1 Melbourne, Florida, United States Nickel Plated Ear Trumpet-Hearing Horn
SELLERS DESCRIPTION:
Item offered for auction is crafted from beautiful Vintage Brass and is Nickel Plated. Item stands appx. 8in tall and the decorative bell end measures appx. 3 in. Item is in very good condition, with minor blemishes and dings as one would expect from Vintage Brass-(please see pics). Please view pics to determine your own idea of condition. All solder joints intact and solid. The item pictured is the item you will receive. This hearing horn has been cleaned/polished to help return it to it's bygone lustre and shine.
NB
Yet another cobbled item from various unrelated parts
This offer is a continuance of the seller misrepresenting items to Ebay customers
image screen grabbed from ebayThis is a marriage made from a car horn and a bit of tube

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25 Dec 2012 2***2 326 k***p Netherlands Ear trumpet
SELLERS DESCRIPTION:
No further words shown
NB
THIS TRUMPET IS NOT A FAKE PER SE

I bought it (Ebay Buy Now) on my mobile phone and when I got home realised it had a mouthpiece rather than an earpiece - it is also straight
I appled to the seller for a cancellation of the deal and he kindly refunded my money

All credit to a lovely dealer in Holland - there is no feedback option on Ebay for refunds

A nice piece when he re-lists it
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24 Nov 2012 2***8 $41 t***a Lewes, Delaware, USA Vintage Reproduction of Horn Ear Trumpet w. Leather Protective Band-Non-Working
SELLERS DESCRIPTION:
This is a non-working reproduction that gives you the look of the real thing at a fraction of the cost. This was likely made around the turn of the century based on the round wire (non-galvinized) nails used to secure the leather strap at the opening.

Please realize that although this is probably 100 years old, this is NOT a true antique ear horn/ear trumpet, but a vintage reproduction. This DOES NOT work and is for decorative purposes only.
NB
It is NEVER an ear trumpet copy - either a powder horn or just a decoration
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23 Nov 2012 1***1 $157.50 c***1 Melbourne, FL, United States Ear Trumpet-Hearing Horn
SELLERS DESCRIPTION:
Item offered for auction is crafted from beautiful Vintage Brass. Item stands appx. 12 1/2" tall and the bell end measures appx. 3 1/4 ". Item is in good condition, with minor blemishes and dings as one would expect from Vintage/Old Brass-(please see pics). Please view pics to determine your own idea of condition. All solder joints intact and solid. The item pictured is the item you will receive. This hearing horn has been cleaned/polished to help return it to it's bygone lustre and shine.
NB
I requested a photo of the earpiece
(which it doesn't have !!!)
RESPONSE
Pic #3 shows the ear piece pretty well. My camera doesn't seem to work that well at very close up setting, I will try to get some better close ups and post
image screen grabbed from ebay image screen grabbed from ebayold car horn for $20 soldered to a piece of brass tube for a nickel makes over $150 to some poor sucker

Of course modern small cameras are ideal for close ups, but the crook thinks that I don't know that. And no earpiece picture was added

This one vendor has sold over $4000 of these items

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22 Sep 2012 1***4 $269.99 G***s Santa Rosa, CA Antique Etched Silver? Ear Trumpet Large Horn
SELLERS DESCRIPTION:
This piece comes as shown, measuring about 15 inches length, no noticeable maker marks. Appears to be Silver, or silver plated, not tested, though clearly hand etched in antiquity. Amazing Piece!
NB
Another horn to BLOW !
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21 Sep 2012 L***3 R1500 S***o Franschhoek, S Africa A brass ear trumpet with flared lip, 62cm long
SELLERS DESCRIPTION:
A brass ear trumpet with flared lip, 62cm long
NB
This is a STRAIGHT horn with a cylindrical small end
Almost certainly a phonograph horn - even down to the hanging chain
And this is an Auction House listing !
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20 Sep 2012 2***4 $83 f***6 Acra, NY, United States vintage hearing aid made of horn 18
SELLERS DESCRIPTION:
vintage hearing aid made of horn 18 " long
NB
It is clearly a horn to blow from the detailed mouthpiece picture
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After complaining to the seller they posted 'This item could be a horn?'

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19 Aug 2012 1***0 36 s***6 Saffron Walden, United Kingdom VINTAGE BAKELITE PHENOLIC ? EAR TRUMPET Marked No 6
SELLERS DESCRIPTION:
VINTAGE BAKELITE PHENOLIC ? EAR TRUMPET Marked No 6. Found in a draw and I sadly no nothing about the item.
NB
It is a mouthpiece
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POSTER added this note after someone let them know

Q: Hi, Your ear trumpet is, in fact, the Bakelite mouthpiece from a GPO telephone operator's head and breast set of the 1930s. Regards,

A: I will post this with the listing. Alan

THIS POSTS WAS THEN REMOVED AND REPLACED WITH

THERE IS NO RETURNS ON THIS ITEM. YOU ARE BUYING IT AS AN ITEM. PLEASE MAKE YOUR OWN MIND UP TO WHAT IT IS

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18 Jul 2012 1***0 202 m***s United Kingdom rare antique georgian hand blown glass hearing aid ear trumpet deaf aid c1800
SELLERS DESCRIPTION:
rare antique georgian hand blown glass hearing aid ear trumpet deaf aid c1800 in date measures 11" tall and the end is 3 1/4" diamater has no damage or repairs or restoration
NB
Another glass bugle
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17 Jul 2012 2***8 $85 b***0 South Lyon, MI, USA PRIMITIVE MEDICAL,ANTIQUE MEDICAL,ANTIQUE TIN EAR TRUMPET,CIVIL WAR ERA EAR HORN
SELLERS DESCRIPTION:

OFFERING A RARE CIVIL WAR ERA EAR HORN TRUMPET TO AID THE HEARING IMPAIRED. I LET MY WIFE YAK... YAK... YAK... AT ME WITH THIS IN MY EAR AND IT DOES REALLY WORK. HOWEVER I CAN EASILY HEAR HER WITHOUT IT AS WELL!!!!! THIS WAS MOST LIKELY FASHIONED RIGHT ON THE FARM OR HOMESTEAD AND HAS NO MARKINGS OR DATES. THIS INTERESTIN OLD MEDICAL PIECE MEASURES 16 1/4" LONG AND 4" AT THE WIDE MOUTH. IT IS IN MINT CONDITION!!!! NICE TO HAVE ONE AROUND DURING THE 4TH OF JULY WHEN YOU BLOW OUT YOUR HEARING
NB
This clearly something to BLOW !
we are even given details of the mouthpiece
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16 Jun 2012 1***1 $269 c***1 Melbourne, FL, United States Ear Trumpet-Hearing Horn-Vintage- Nickel Plated Brass!!
SELLERS DESCRIPTION:
Item offered for auction is an Ear Trumpet. It is crafted from beautiful Nickel Plated Brass! Item stands appx. 7 " tall and the bell end measures appx. 2 3/8". Item is in very good condition, with some dings and blemishes as one would expect from Vintage Brass-(please see pics). This petite design enabled the user to be discreet. The item pictured is the item you will receive. This hearing horn has been cleaned/polished to help return it to it's bygone lustre and shine.

Nickel plated ear trumpets are increasingly harder to find!!. This item is a wonderful example of 19th century technology!!!!

Do not miss out on this fully functional, Unique, piece of art!!

This Ear Trumpet will surely make a great addition to anyone's collection or a great "conversation piece".
NB
It is another home made piece
image screen grabbed from ebayThis is a plated version of his copper and brass model

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15 Jun 2012 2***6 $98 a***s Historic Southern New Jersey, United States RARE Early ANTOINE COURTOIS Paris Medical, Brass EAR TRUMPET Hearing Device NR!!
SELLERS DESCRIPTION:
Now offered and estate fresh....is a very rare brass 19th Century EAR TRUMPET....it is stamped Antoine Courtois, brevete, Fracteur Du Conservatoire, Rue du Caire 21, PARIS also stamped is the name GUSTAVE 3..considered a medical device of the time and made by a formost brass musical instrument maker......this instrument measures appx 13 1/2 inch length.....wonderful original patina only achieved from age and use....has some dings and pings expected and some bend on the rim of the bell ( see pics )...exact age is unknown to us but we suspect it's fairly early because of what it is....please view all the photos as they serve as description also....ask all questions before bidding....NO RESERVE!
NB
Another STRAIGHT one - ear trumpets always go around corners, unless home made
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Q&A with the seller

Q: This is VERY exciting, I collect ear trumpets and have never been able to get one of these. Please can you confirm that the earpiece has the patented small vibrating amplifier reed, and if possible may we see a picture with the ear piece removed of both the inside end of the earpiece and looking into the trumpet many thanks 04-Jun-12
A: Thanks for the interest and inquiry,,,this is a very rare item from this French maker of valve trumpets....I could not get a proper picture of the inside but it does have a vibrating reed which amplifies the sound that you can see when you look down into the end that you place against your ear..this appears to never have been apart and I do not wnat to disturb it...this is an extremely rare ear trumpet generally....but a most important piece from this maker....good luck !

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14 May 2012 2***2 32.45 p***r Peak District, United Kingdom Hearing Aid / Ear Trumpet
SELLERS DESCRIPTION:
Telescopic hearing aid by R.J.Dowling, London. The device is 12" long when collapsed, 17" long extended and is fashioned from copper with a gunmetal finish. The hearing aid is stamped with the makers name and also with a British War Department arrow so was probably military issue in WWI (or earlier?). Nice condition, the small dint in my last photo being the only significant blemish.
NB
This is not so much a fake as a misrepresentation of age

These were supplied by the NHS from 1948 to 1976 - hardly WW1 or earlier
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13 May 2012 1***6 $56.50 c***1 Melbourne, FL, United States Ear Trumpet-Hearing Horn-Vintage- Brass!!
SELLERS DESCRIPTION:
Item offered for auction is an Ear Trumpet. It is crafted from beautiful Vintage Brass! Item stands appx. 8 " tall and the bell end measures appx. 2 3/4". Item is in generally good condition, with some dings and blemishes as one would expect from Vintage Brass-(please see pics). This petite design enabled the user to be discreet. The item pictured is the item you will receive. This hearing horn has been cleaned/polished to help return it to it's bygone lustre and shine.

From the bell end to the brass earpiece, this item is a wonderful example of 19th century technology!!!!

Do not miss this fully functional, Unique, piece of art!!

This Ear Trumpet will surely make a great addition to anyone's collection or a great "conversation piece".
NB
Another offer based on new bits of cobbled brass
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12 May 2012 2***3 $610 t***a Lewes DE United States Antique Natural Horn/Antler Ear Horn or Ear Trumpet - Early Hearing Aid
SELLERS DESCRIPTION:
You are bidding on one Pre-Owned Antique Ear Horn or Ear Trumpet Made from Antler or Horn

Age is unknown, but estimated to be late 19th century based on information received from owner's family. This beautiful piece is a perfect example of man's ingenuity. Before today's hearing aids, people would do whatever they could to increase the volume of what was around them, and the ear horn also known as an ear trumpet was born.
NB
Seems far more likely to me that this is a trumpet horn for BLOWING !!
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11 Apr 2012 1***0 $152.50 s***y Brown Deer Wisconsin United States 19TH C EAR TRUMPET TOLE BY WHITESMITH CRAFTSMAN CURIOUS GOOD SHAPE
SELLERS DESCRIPTION:
An uncommon object, a small tin/tole nicely crafted ear trumpet. It measures about 7 1/4" from tip to tip and is in very good condition, no breaks or bends, the solder tightly intact, the surface having the patination of over a century. It was found in WI and is assumed to have been made in the US, likely a unique object.
NB
Seems far more likely to me that this is a home modified funnel for pouring gas into the side facing gas/petrol filler pipe !
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10 Apr 2012 2***4 $76 s***6 Fulton, Missouri, United States Vtg Antique Victorian Ear Trumpet Directional Hearing Aid
SELLERS DESCRIPTION:
This is for an antique hearing trumpet. It is made of the black material that old phone receivers were made of. It measures about 5 inches long. There are two holes at the narrow end that I am assuming is for a place to attach a string or something else was attached.
NB
The seller kindly posted my criticism of the description
image screen grabbed from ebayOh no it isn't !

It is a mouthpiece from a 1930's telephone operators headset !

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9 Apr 2012 1***2 $103.50 c***1 Melbourne, FL, United States Ear Trumpet-Hearing Horn-Vintage Brass!!
SELLERS DESCRIPTION:
Item offered for auction is an Ear Trumpet. It is crafted from beautiful Vintage Brass! Item stands appx. 14" tall and the bell end measures appx. 6". Item is in good condition, with a few blemishes and dings as one would expect from Vintage Brass-(please see pics). It does a wonderful job of amplifying sound. The item pictured is the item you will receive. This hearing horn has been cleaned/polished to help return it to it's bygone lustre and shine.
NB
This fake does not even have pictures of the same item - in one shot it has a mouthpiece in the others it has been removed !
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8 Apr 2012 1***6 £90 m***s Maldon Essex UK exceptionally rare amethyst georgian glass ear trumpet c 1800
SELLERS DESCRIPTION:
This is an exceptional item - a georgian glass ear trumpet c 1800 in amethyst glass - the colour is amazing - perfect condition - the trumpet is unusually serrated but as made without flaw - I have never seen another example - sold without reserve
NB
Another glass decorative horn with a mouth piece, described as an ear trumpet to get more dollars.
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7 Apr 2012 1***0 $189.50 n***r Luling, LA United States Antique ear trumpet horn, not powder horn, large 1800's
SELLERS DESCRIPTION:
Here's a very nice ear trumpet or blowing horn, but I believe it is an ear trumpet. A large one...15 inches in length. Bell has a crack and a piece missing but displays very well, and has great patina. Bell is 4 and 1/2 inches in diameter. An item that is seldom seen
NB
Another horn with a mouth piece, described as an ear trumpet to get more dollars.
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6 Feb 2012 1***3 $177.50 c***1 Melbourne, FL, United States Ear Trumpet-Hearing Horn-Vintage Brass!!
SELLERS DESCRIPTION:
Item offered for auction is an Ear Trumpet. It is crafted from beautiful Vintage Brass! Item stands appx. 11 1/4" tall and the decorative bell end measures appx. 3 1/4". Item is in'very good' condition for it's age, with a few blemishes and dings as one would expect from Vintage Brass-(please see pics). The item pictured is the item you will receive. This hearing horn has been cleaned/polished to help return it to it's bygone lustre and shine

This really a very cool piece!!!

From the decorative bell end to the brass earpiece, this item is a wonderful example of 19th century technology!!!!

Do not miss this fully functional, Unique, piece of art!!
This Ear Trumpet will surely make a great addition to anyone's collection or a great "conversation piece".
NB
image screen grabbed from ebayWell we are having some effect - this fake has been made with more of an ear friendly end to it, but no museum has any record of a modified bugle as a properly designed and manufactured parabolic ear trumpet - this is a marriage of 2+ pieces of brass cobbled to appeal to interior designers

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5 Feb 2012 2***0 $35 m***n Langhorne, Pennsylvania ANTIQUE EAR TRUMPET HORN HEARING AID PRE-CIVIL WAR
SELLERS DESCRIPTION:
It is about 10"L x 3.75" D at the mouth of the horn. It has a trumpet palyer in some sort of metal attatched to the side of it nicely.

The metal pieces are on the ear piece and the bell of the horn are both dented and secured tightly with what looks to be aged bandage tape. Both metal pieces on top and bottom I think are tin, but I am unsure. It is not heavy.
NB
Message to seller:
What makes you think that this is an ear trumpet rather than a horn for blowing like a hunting or warning horn ?

The mouthpiece is clearly intended for blowing not the normal rounded end designed to go in the ear

And, especially, the picture is of someone making a noise with the horn
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This seller kindly responded to the criticsm of her description and CHANGED it for the better - there are some nice people !!
This piece re-appeared on ebay and was described as an ear trumpet and 'being shown in the Bennion book' - what the description omitted was that theBennion book says it is a 'sounding horn' ie something that is blown. The Goldstein book shows natural horn ear trumpets with earpieces NOT mouthpieces

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4 Feb 2012 1***6 £321 r***y Llandudno, Conwy, UK TELESCOPIC EAR TRUMPET ANTIQUE HEARING AID
SELLERS DESCRIPTION:
TELESCOPIC EAR TRUMPET ANTIQUE HEARING AID MADE OF PEWTER ABOUT 12" LONG IN FAIR CONDITION FOR AGE.
NB
The item is NOT telescopic - it is in one piece
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3 Feb 2012 3***5 £102 j***x Barnet, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom ANTIQUE METAL EAR TRUMPET HEARING AID
SELLERS DESCRIPTION:
A 6 INCH LONG ANTIQUE METAL TRUMPET HEARING AID GREAT CONDITION FOR AGE. I KNOW IT PREDATES THE 1910S AS IT BELONGED TO MY NANS GRANFATHER, IM NOT SURE WHAT METAL IT IS MADE OF COULD BE PEWTER OR BRASS AS IN SOME LIGHT IT LOOKS SILVER AND IN OTHERS A MORE BRASS COLOUR SORRY I CANT BE MORE DEFINATE BUT I WILL ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS TO THE BEST OF MY ABILITY,THANKS FOR LOOKING
NB
It could have been used as an ear trumpet but it is a piece broken off a larger object
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The seller has given me a FULL REFUND, I am impressed by Keith's honesty and good will

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2 Feb 2012 2***3 £207 1***s United Kingdom GEORGIAN GLASS EAR TRUMPET ANTIQUE HEARING AID c 1800
SELLERS DESCRIPTION:
It is hand blown fluted/twisted glass curved into a trumpet. I believe it is a Georgian period ear trumpet (it does actually work). It stands 6." tall. Superb condition, no damage.
NB
It may appear to work but it is a decorative trumpet
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1 Feb 2012 1***7 $112.50 c***1 Melbourne, FL, United States Ear Trumpet-Hearing Horn-Vintage Brass!!
SELLERS DESCRIPTION:
Item offered for auction is an Ear Trumpet. It is crafted from beautiful Vintage Brass!

Item stands appx. 12 " tall and the bell end measures appx. 4 1/4". Item is in good condition for it's age, with a few blemishes and dings as one would expect from Vintage

Brass-(please see pics). The item pictured is the item you will receive. This hearing horn has been cleaned/polished to help return it to it's bygone lustre and shine.

From the large bell end to the brass earpiece, this item is a wonderful example of 19th century technology!!!!

Do not miss this fully functional, Unique, piece of art!!

This Ear Trumpet will surely make a great addition to anyone's collection or a great "conversation piece".
NB
NB notice that it is 'vintage brass' not an old item - probably made from parts and polished to hide the fact that there was no evidence of age I have noticed that this seller has offered more than one piece like this, more recently nickle plated version
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