Hearing Aid

Hearing Aid

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Patented silver ear trumpet made by F. C. Rein & Son, 108 The Strand, London, England. Frederick Charles Rein (ca. 1812-1896) was born in Leipzig, moved to London in the 1830s, opened an acoustic instrument shop on the Strand which he termed “Paradise for the Deaf,” and won a prize medal, the first of many, at the London Crystal Palace Exhibition of 1851. The firm became C. Rein & Son Rein in 1867 and remained in business until the early 1960s. This ear trumpet belonged to James A. Bayard, Jr. (1799-1880), a conservative lawyer who served as a Senator from Delaware.
Object Name
Hearing Aid
hearing aid, ear trumpet
Other Terms
Hearing Aid; Medicine
date made
mid 19th century
F. C. Rein & Son
place made
United Kingdom: England, London, City of London
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
ceramic (overall material)
overall: 4 1/2 in x 3 1/2 in x 2 5/8 in; 11.43 cm x 8.89 cm x 6.6675 cm
overall: 4 1/2 in x 3 3/4 in x 2 1/2 in; 11.43 cm x 9.525 cm x 6.35 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Mrs. E. Paul duPont
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Object Project
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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