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
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
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.