Monaural Stethoscope with Rubber Percussor

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An Italian fruitwood two piece monaural stethoscope whose ear piece and bell are both enclosed in rubber.

The stem fits into the bell piece to improve portability for the travelling physician. Rubber used on metal bells was a way of reducing the coldness of the metal, but in a wooden piece it is likely that this was used to double up as a percussor. The rubber has vulcanised with time and is now hard.

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