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Hearing Trumpet - 1988.204 - SRTL013a-c located in Stranraer Museum

The ear trumpet was used to amplify sound for the hard of hearing. 

This tin-plate example was cheap to buy and of a popular design in the 19th century and early 20th century.

L: 300mm. earpiece diameter: 72mm
images & text courtesy Dumfries & Galloway Council

Ear Trumpets, the Packington Collection
SY10, Shropshire, UK