White tin ear trumpet, 19 1/2" long and 4 1/2" at the flared end. It has a brass band and wooden tip at the place it is held to the ear. This ear trumpet or ear horn dates from about 1870 and shows signs of wear and use. The wooden tip is very slightly loose.
Ear horns were primarily used in the mid 1600's through early 1900's. They are designed to funnel the sound waves to the ear, and were of great use to the partially deaf and elderly before modern devices were available. There were many shapes and designs made - this is fairly simple and was probably made for a local person of modest means.
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