Christening gift, silver

England 1910s

Swedish, silver, 1845 

From a compost from the American Civil War, 1861-1865, these have been unearthed. The box for toothpowder is made of porcelain and the toothbrush is made of bone. Bone toothbrushes are rare. They were relatively cheap and were thrown away when worn out

The most common materials until the 20th century were bone shafts and boar bristles

Silver, the brush plate is missing. Import stamp

Swedish, 1847, silver. The brush plate is missing

Christening gift, silver

England 1910s

Silver 1882

Marked A.L.D.

Children's toothbrush, silver, 1910s

Possibly Portuguese, silver, 1920s. Purchased at a flea market in Lisbon. The box is hand-decorated.

Elephant, French, 1940s

Thomas Brown, Dublin

Chas R Rogers &Co England

Dr Butlers Peridental


Papa's Pet

Donald Duck 1940s

Dr. Butler's Orthodontic

Duralon, 100% La Seko 

Celluloids opened up possibilities for new forms and ideas. All from the first half of the 20th century

During 1938, more modern plastics began to replace earlier materials in the shafts, and in 1938 nylon thread came as a replacement for natural bristles. World War II came to accelerate development as it was believed that good dental health promoted ability.

Zinc, celluloid and hog bristle. Baroque style, French

Indexo, New York. Celluloid and rubber

A COLD CASE a detective story

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Travel toothbrush. Bakelite sleeve and plastic head with boar bristle

Ebony with metal decoration

Australian military toothbruch WW2

Big brother, made in USA

Lactona nylon, Instructor, Youth School Special


Bi-Po Dual Action

Not only new materials but also new ideas were developed. Unknown 1940s

Clean-be-tween 1930s/40s. Maybe the toothbrush above is of the same brand. Made in Hollywood for the movie stars of the day?