Vintage Squeezehorns

Back in the day they were called bulb horns and were the standard horn on pre-war cars. Somewhere along the line they began to be called squeeze horns. This begs the question… Who was the first clown to use a squeeze horn (was it Harpo?) because nowadays they’re also referred to as clown horns.
From Bonham’s auction house! Beautiful ‘bulb horns’ from the early 1900s.

 

A brass bodied double-twist bulb horn. https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/26120/lot/49/
A brass three-trumpet “Le Testophone” bulb horn https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/26120/lot/47/
A veteran eight-trumpet bulb horn, French, circa 1910 https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/26641/lot/17/
A ‘Le Testaphone’ six trumpet bulb horn by Cicca, French, patented 1908 https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/25446/lot/96/
A four trumpet bulb horn https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/25446/lot/98/
https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/25446/lot/98/
A coiled body horn by Rubres, French https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/24733/lot/235/

 

A fine eight-trumpet “Le Testophone” bulb horn by Cicca, French, circa 1909 https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/24879/lot/105/
https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/24879/lot/105/
A fine brass four-trumpet “Le Testophone” bulb horn, French, circa 1909 https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/24879/lot/106/
https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/24879/lot/106/
A wide trumpet running board mounted horn https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/24733/lot/237/
A replica Boa Constrictor snake’s head horn https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/24733/lot/241/
A coiled body horn by Nonpariel, French https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/24733/lot/244/
A rare combination horn and siren by Stenor Sirene, Paris  https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/24733/lot/247/
Hand-crank Klaxon, want one! An Edwardian hand-cranked klaxon trumpet horn https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/24123/lot/102/
A rare ‘Central Python’ brass bulb horn, French https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/24123/lot/104/
https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/24123/lot/104/
A Lucas No 38 King of the Road bulb horn with mirror https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/24123/lot/105/
Cicca Horn https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/24308/lot/179/
A rare Lucas ‘King of the Road’ No.40 single-twist bulb horn, circa 1903 https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/23597/lot/42/
https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/23597/lot/45/
An ‘Etienne Le Testaphone’ four-trumpet bulb horn https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/23597/lot/45/
A Desmo double twist bulb horn https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/23597/lot/47/
A Boa Constrictor bulb horn https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/23597/lot/48/
Hand operated Klaxon https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/23597/lot/50/
https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/23871/lot/158/
A Le Testaphone seven trumpet bulb horn, French, circa 1910 https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/23871/lot/158/
A fine double turn brass bulb horn https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/23594/lot/131/
A Boa Constrictor bulb horn https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/10579/lot/230/
https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/10579/lot/230/
A Lucas double-twist bulb-horn Japanned Black https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/15345/lot/251/
A Rotax ‘Clarion’ double-twist bulb horn https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/15345/lot/271/
An Autovox horn https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/16247/lot/88/
A Le Serpentin bulb horn https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/16536/lot/172/
An Escargot type bulb horn https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/16536/lot/173/
A Perfecta double twist bulb horn https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/16536/lot/174/
A fine and rare miniature snake’s head bulb horn by C & C Paris, circa 1902 https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/17658/lot/105/
A rare British Lion horn ‘trumpet’, British, circa 1905 https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/20146/lot/124/
Rare trompe automobile à seize tons, Française, circa 1910 https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/21768/lot/87/
https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/21768/lot/87/
A veteran Autovox brass double-twist horn https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/21735/lot/61/
https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/22201/lot/615/
An ‘Schnecke’ type horn by Haeckel https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/18218/lot/142/
A L’Autovox horn, French, patented 1908 https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/18218/lot/184/
A four-tone bulb horn by Sigval https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/18218/lot/187/
A fine ‘Le Testaphone’ four trumpet bulb horn by Cicca, French, patented 1908-09 https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/18218/lot/194/
A L’Autovox horn https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/19284/lot/84/
https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/19284/lot/84/
A large double twist bulb horn https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/22201/lot/617/
A Goliath bulb horn https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/22201/lot/706/
An early four-note ‘Tenor’ 6 Volt electric brass trumpet horn, by Cicca, French https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/21907/lot/7/
A dual, air and electric, brass, Klaxon horn https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/22530/lot/88/
A double twist bulb horn https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/16536/lot/176/
A Goliath bulb horn https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/22201/lot/706/
https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/22201/lot/706/
A brass three-trumpet “Le Testophone” bulb horn, French https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/26120/lot/47/
A ‘Le Testaphone’ six trumpet bulb horn by Cicca, French, patented 1908 https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/25446/lot/96/
A large Boa Constrictor trumpet horn, British https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/23597/lot/44/

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