Ivory Ear Trumpet

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A 19th century antique ivory ear trumpet which unscrews into two parts.

The trumpet shows intersecting lines of schreger typical of elephant or mamoth ivory. The symmetrical design makes it suitable for use in either ear, although the ear piece can also rotate. Ivory ear trumpets are rare. There is an ivory trumpet which is earlier but of similar style in the Museum of the Royal College of Surgeons of England which was made for Admiral Sir John Borlase Warren from Barts (1753-1822) – see last picture.

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