Yes, I was thinking that it was probably glued, soldered or otherwise
affixed to a headstone. I guess that we'll never know for sure but I
thought that I would ask here in case someone had seen something like it.
As you probably already know, they do some pretty elaborate
stuff with gravestone/monuments nowadays. If they haven't
already, the person asking should check with some of the
monument suppliers. Especially some of those that were close
by to where this was found. A lot of the time they put a
sticker on the monument that tells who the maker/supplier
was. I suspect the cameo/picture had some special meaning to
somebody buried there and was once attached to the monument
The answer for this object: it's an ear trumpet, or hearing trumpet, it's
held up to the ear to amplify sound.
A wide variety of them can be seen half way down this page:
1136: lumber thickness gage?
1140: kerosene lamp for candling eggs? Three backlights
around a light-baffled kerosene light source, and the giveaway
is the padded seat in front of each illumination panel
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