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Auricles

Mother-of-Pearl Auricles

These mother-of-pearl auricles (also sometimes called "cornets") were not as common (and thus were more expensive) than auricles made of a beautiful reddish-brown celluloid resembling tortoiseshell.

There are no manufacturer's marks on these auricles, but they likely date to somewhere around 1915. The Down Bros. catalogue from ~1915 lists 3 sizes of imitation mother-of-pearl auricles ranging in price from $7.35 to $8.70.

They were made for several years as the Surgical Manufacturing Co. catalogue of ~1928 still lists these mother-of-pearl auricles. At that time the cost 60 shillings.

This pair came from the United Kingdom.

Each auricle is 4" long, making the overall length of the sound tube 8½". This pair of auricles weighs only 1.7 oz.

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The mother-of-pearl auricles as seen from the back. The adjustable headband was made out of the same celluloid material as the auricles themselves.


 

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Front view of an auricle looking into the mouth of the bell. Each bell is 2½" high and 1¼" wide.


 

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Close-up of the ear tip of one auricle. The ear tips screw off for cleaning.


 

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The auricle ear tip fits into the ear canal so the auricle sits tight against the side of the ear as shown.

 

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This is how the mother-of-pearl auricles appear from the front. The ladies could largely hide them in their hair if they didn't want them to be very visible.


 

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The mother-of-pearl auricles as seen from the side of the head. They look big from this perspective.

 

 


 

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