Cornet Headband Antique Hearing Aid

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A circa 1883 pair of cornets or auricles secured to the ears with a steel headband

These are quite small, each cornet measuring only 50 x 35 x 30 mm and may have been used for a child. The ear pieces have the characteristic grain of elephant ivory and a ¬†beautiful patina. The inside of the box reads ‘1 Pr lightly bronzed cornets No.1’¬†A similar pair of cornets is illustrated in the Hawksley catalogue of 1883 (see last picture).

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