Super French toothbrush with Tricho toothbrush guard

Made:
1896-1905 in United States
maker:
Kent
Super French toothbrush plastic handle by Comilo, USA, with "Tricho" toothbrush guard, by Kent, USA, 1896-1905. Black

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Super French toothbrush plastic handle by Comilo, USA, with "Tricho" toothbrush guard, by Kent, USA, 1896-1905. Black
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"Super French" toothbrush plastic handle by Comilo, USA, with "Tricho" toothbrush guard, by Kent, USA, 1896-1905

The ‘Super French’ toothbrush is made from plastic moulded with a lion's head for decoration. When not in use, the soft bristles are protected by a 'Tricho' brand toothbrush guard. The bristles are probably made of animal hair. Nylon bristles were introduced in 1937. Daily cleaning of the teeth was not a regular habit until the early 1900s. In England and the United States, toothbrushes were provided to all servicemen during the First World War, which helped popularise their use.

Details

Category:
Dentistry
Object Number:
A619218
Materials:
bristles, metal, paint and plastic
Measurements:
guard: 23 mm x 57 mm x 13 mm,
overall (with guard): 18 mm x 180 mm x 25 mm, 0.02 kg
type:
toothbrush
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment