Toothbrush with ivoride handle, London, England, 1870-1920

Made:
1870-1920 in London
maker:
Savory and Moore Limited
Two horsehair toothbrushes with ivoride handles produced by Savory and Moore, London. Front view of toothbrushes Left hand side: A616311, Toothbrush, pattern 33, horsehair with ivoride handle, by Savory and Moore, London, 1870-1920.

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Two horsehair toothbrushes with ivoride handles produced by Savory and Moore, London. Front view of toothbrushes
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Left hand side: A616311, Toothbrush, pattern 33, horsehair with ivoride handle, by Savory and Moore, London, 1870-1920.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

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Science Museum Group Collection
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Toothbrush, pattern 1, bristle with ivoride handle, by Savory and Moore, London, 1870-1920

Since 1800, the toothbrush has been the most popular way to clean the teeth. Sold by Savory & Moore, a manufacturing chemist based in London, the handle is made from ivoride (a plastic imitation of ivory). The circular head is made from bristles, which probably came from animal hair. Modern toothbrush heads are made from nylon. The toothbrush is pictured with a larger toothbrush (A616311).

Details

Category:
Dentistry
Object Number:
A616310
Materials:
bristle and handle, plastic (ivoride)
type:
toothbrush
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment