Silver tongue scraper, Europe, 1701-1900

Made:
1701-1900 in Europe
maker:
Unknown

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Tongue scraper, silver, probably British, 18th or 19th century

Tongue scrapers were used to remove the ‘furry’ deposits on the tongue. Scrapers were usually part of toothbrush sets and many were made from materials such as tortoiseshell, ivory or silver, like this one. The expensive materials indicate that this scraper was owned by a wealthy person.

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Details

Category:
Public Health & Hygiene
Object Number:
A647788
type:
tongue scraper
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment

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