Siren #51: Scarlet

Siren #51: Scarlet

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This H & S Red Morning Glory Phonograph Horn has 11 panels, stands 31” tall with a 22” bust. The base is made from salvaged walnut. These flower horns were manufactured in Philadelphia, PA in the early 1900’s.

It is thought that the basic design of the petalled horn was probably invented by Hawthorne and Sheble’s Horace Sheble. Sheble applied for a patent of a petalled horn in January, 1905.

Petalled horns were also referred to as “morning glory horns” or “flower horns,” and had either convex or concave scallops. These horns were cheaper to manufacture than brass horns and they distributed the sound better.

Major petalled horn manufacturers included Standard Metal Manufacturing, Hawthorne and Sheble, the Searchlight Company, and the Tea Tray Company.

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