Pair of ear cornets

Made:
1700-1900 in Unknown place
maker:
Unknown

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Pair of silver gilt ear tubes, in case, marked. One aid outside of box, graduated black perspex background.
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Pair of silver gilt ear tubes, in case, marked

Ear cornets did not amplify sound like a hearing aid. They sat inside the ear of someone with a collapsed ear canal. The device opened the canal to allow sound waves to pass through. These tiny ear cornets are made of gilt silver. They sit in a hinged presentation box.

Details

Category:
Audiology
Object Number:
A661046
Materials:
case, leather, case, metal, case, wood, gold, silver
type:
aural aid
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
status:
Loan: Wellcome Trust

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