This auction is for an antique hearing aid horn or ear trumpet from the 1800’s . Stamped: Pilling - Phila.
It is made of brass and still retains some of the original black painted finish. It has a black wood or possibly ebonite ear piece on the end. Simply put, the user would place the tip of this device into their ear and sound is magnified as it travels into the device from the large open holes at its base.
Measures 3 1/2” tall overall, and is 2 1/8* in diameter at the base. The diameter of the base is about 2 ½” wide including the trumpet or arm. This one is very attractive with nice old patina. Has some typical wear to the black finish which is to be expected and has two barely noticable small dents on the top of the dome. Overall, the condition is very good for the age and certainly an attractive and unusual display piece. It would surely make a conversation piece! You will be very pleased~don’t miss out on adding it to your collection!
Who was the first to manufacture non-electric hearing aids?
In the 1800s Frederick C. Rein of London, George P. Pilling and Sons of Philadelphia , Franck-Valery Freres of Paris, E. B. Meyrowitz of New York, and Kirchner and Wilhelm of Stuttgart were just a few of the many companies established as hearing aid manufacturers. Why did so many companies begin manufacture at this time? The answer is that technology drove the evolution of the hearing aid. The Industrial Revolution, first in Europe and later in America, created a surge in manufacturing of numerous products. Economics was also a factor; the new middle class had disposable income for products such as hearing aids, which created demand for them.
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