Upper denture, Europe, 1701-1800

Made:
1701-1800 in Europe
maker:
Unknown

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Upper denture, 18th century. Top three quarter view. Black background.
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Science Museum Group Collection

Upper denture, 18th century. Top three quarter view. Black background.
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum
Science Museum Group Collection

A29001, Carving instrument, possibly used in making ivory dentures, steel with lignum vitae handle and silver mounted
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum
Science Museum Group Collection

Upper denture. 18th century

Dentures of this period were made from a small range of materials, including ivory. This example was carved from hippopotamus ivory and would have been expensive. Ivory was difficult to clean and over time began to deteriorate and smell quite unpleasant. The dentures are shown here with an ivory carving instrument (A29001).

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Details

Category:
Dentistry
Object Number:
A600140
Materials:
hippopotamus, ivory
type:
denture
taxonomy:
status:
Loan: Wellcome Trust

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