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Webster's Otophone, ca. 1860

Small curved piece of flesh-colored metal designed to make the ear protrude slightly thus collecting the sound. No earpiece with this device. This small curved silver device was designed to make the ear protrude slightly to facilitate the collection of sound waves. The metal next to the skin was supposed to 'stimulate' acuity of hearing by the warmth created by the close contact with the skin overlying the post-auricular area. The device was painted flesh color to simulate skin, though much of the paint has eroded over time. 'WEBSTER'S R PATENT' and what appears to be a dragon head are inscribed on the back side of the device.

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