Toothbrush with horsehair bristles, 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
Science Museum Group Collection
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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

Toothbrush, pattern 33, horsehair with ivoride handle, by Savory and Moore, London, 1870-1920

Two horsehair toothbrushes with ivoride handles produced by Savory and Moore in London. The Chinese are credited with inventing the use of toothbrushes and toothpastes, although the ancient Egyptians used branches with frayed ends to clean their teeth. In the West, the use of toothbrushes began to be promoted by French dentists in the late 17th and early 18th centuries.

Details

Category:
Dentistry
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A616311
Materials:
bristles, horsehair and handle, plastic (ivoride)
type:
toothbrush
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment