ear trumpets

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image of ear trumpet
c 1880
image of ear trumpet
c 1895
image of ear trumpet
c 1900
image of ear trumpet
c 1920

These trumpets are an ornate variation on the London Dome.

I haven't seen any suggestion that the shape improves performance, but it is easier to believe that it happened.

Materials include metal, faux tortoiseshell and cellulose acetate.
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