Ear trumpet and walking stick combined, London, England, 1875-1885

Made:
1875-1885 in London
maker:
Hawksley and Sons Limited

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Ear trumpet and walking stick combined. Detail view of trumpet section, green background.
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Ear trumpet and walking stick combined. Full view, graen background.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Ear trumpet and walking stick combined

A hearing trumpet is incorporated at the handle of this walking cane. This acts as an amplifier to direct the sound to the ear through a reversible earpiece worn in the ear. The walking stick could be rested on the shoulder of the user with the earpiece positioned in the ear. Other hearing devices designed for concealment were found in umbrellas, fans, chairs, table pieces, wigs and beards.

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DisplayLocation:
National Media Museum, Gallery One
Category:
Audiology
Object Number:
A31036
Materials:
bamboo cane, brass, complete, paint
type:
walking stick
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • aural aid
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
status:
Loan: Wellcome Trust

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