A scarce and elegant pair of silver-gilt auricles ( aka: mini ear trumpets) sold under the name of “Acoustiphone”–see advert in next-to-last image. The case is not the orginal one but nicely suits the auricles. They are unmarked but unquestionably an Acoustiphone product. There is a set screw on each that allows the length of the shaft and angle of the trumpet bell to be adjusted to suit the needs of the user–see 4th image. The bell of each is struck with an indecipherable maker’s mark and twice with the crab, a mark used after 1838 in France for small objects fabricated from 800 silver Sterling is 925 silver and was and is widely used in the UK and the USA. On the continent 800 silver was and is more commonly used. The gilding on the auricles has taken on a warm and mellow patina over the years. The little ad we’ve included with the images references a 1910 award. The auricles were introduced earlier but were still in production at the beginning of the last century.
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Michael and Roberta Gordon have been dealing in medical and dental antiques for more than four decades. They have helped build a number of major private collections and have contributed to the holdings of many museums. They also deal in other scientific and technology related items, including calculating instruments, office machines, patent models and wine-related accessories such as corkscrews. ROBERTA GORDON IS A SKILLED RESTORER WHO CAN HELP YOU WITH ANY INSTRUMENTS AND CASES THAT NEED ATTENTION. Feel free to contact them for details at: [email protected] or 718-541-5974