Victorian Silver for the Ear

Victorian Silver for the Ear

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Silver ear speculum and silver miniature ear trumpets, both cased


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Last 1/4 19th century

Country of manufacture

UK and Ireland

Categories: Diagnostics, Therapeutic & Functional Aids


A handsomely-cased  “HAWKSLEY LONDON” ear speculum marked “SILVER in a velvet and silk lined leather-covered case. $195.00

A pair of pair of miniature silver “invisible ear phones” in a velvet and silk lined leather-covered case. A  set can be seen on a page entitled “Paradise for the Deaf” from a Rein catalog  illustrated in HISTORIC DEVICES FOR HEARING:  THE  CID GOLDSTEIN COLLECTION (1984:143).  They were  used  to amplify sound in patients presumably suffering from narrowing or blockage of the external auditory meatus. Interesting to note that an early 20th century Kny-Scheerer catalog describes them as “ear cornets”. SOLD


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M and R Gordon

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