Ivory toothpick case, England, 1801-1850

Made:
1801-1850 in England
maker:
Unknown

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Ivory toothpick case with inlaid lid, silver fittings, green velvet lining, mirror in lid, Engish, 1801-1850

Toothpicks are used to remove food from the teeth and this ivory case has a mirror in the lid so the user could see exactly where to place the pick. Now missing, the toothpicks themselves would have been made from bone or ivory.

Such toothpick cases became a fashion accessory from the 1700s onwards and the expensive nature of the materials reflect the wealth of the owner. Other elaborate cases would have been made from tortoiseshell, silver and gold.

Details

Category:
Dentistry
Object Number:
A631355
Materials:
ivory, silver, velvet
type:
toothpick case
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle
status:
Loan: Wellcome Trust

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