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.

If you would like a list of suspect Ebay ear trumpet sellers - contact me.

Read Caveat Emptor - buyer beware !

And some positive help if you want to buy one.

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:


# date item ref price seller location title
128 Oct 2019 2***6 $195 m***r Odessa, Europe, Ukraine Antique Vintage COPPER BRASS STETHOSCOPE 42 cm Metal Ear Trumpet Medical Tool
SELLERS DESCRIPTION:
UNIQUE ANTIQUE STETHOSCOPE
Material: COPPER & BRASS
Length: 42.5 cm (16.7 in)
Good vintage condition

NB
THis is a typical English hunting horn, used in the saddle to rally the hounds.

The clear mouthpiece and shape dictate that it could never be an ear trumpet
image screen grabbed from ebay image screen grabbed from ebay

# date item ref price seller location title
127 Oct 2019 3***8 $115 j***y Denver, Colorado, United States Vintage antique hearing aid all made of bone and wood Military Doctor Gift
SELLERS DESCRIPTION:
a Vintage antique hearing aid all made of bone and wood Military Doctor Gift it is in fantastic shape for its age
NB
Classic horn to blow
Check out the mouthpiece
image screen grabbed from ebay image screen grabbed from ebay

# date item ref price seller location title
126 Sep 2019 1***0 $79.95 f***0 Evergreen, Colorado, United States Civil War Era Brass & Copper Stethoscope or Ear Horn
SELLERS DESCRIPTION:
8 3/4in x 1 7/8in (large end) 3/4in small. Antique brass and copper medical device with dents.
NB
This is an English hunting horn

Ignorance or intent to deceive ?
image screen grabbed from ebayWould your want that mouthpiece in your ear ?

# date item ref price seller location title
125 Aug 2019 2***3 $250 2***t Kyiv, Ukraine Vintage antique hearing aid, made of bone Military Doctor Gift
SELLERS DESCRIPTION:
This device was particaly made of bone for rich nobleman people who hear poorly. Since it is inconvenient to scream .Very rare.
This can be a good present for your familiar doctor or a person connected with medicine.
This hearing aid is fully operational.
NB
Seems home made
Based on hunting catalogues for nearly 20 years, I don't think this is mass produced. It may have been made a long while ago but it seems more likel that it is intended to deceive.
image screen grabbed from ebayThe horn bit has old markings - but I still think it is a marriage.

# date item ref price seller location title
124 Jun 2019 3***4 £26.45 r***k Redditch, United Kingdom ANTIQUE VICTORIAN EAR TRUMPET, IT REALLY WORKS!
SELLERS DESCRIPTION:
ANTIQUE VICTORIAN EAR TRUMPET, IT REALLY WORKS!

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