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The Washington family attempted to maintain good oral hygiene by brushing their teeth and using mouthwash. An additional measure was a regular appointment with a surgeon-dentist to scrape off built-up tartar using tools known as scalers. This case once housed two integrated sets of scalers, each of which may have originally included as many as twelve individually shaped, interchangeable heads to ensure a thorough cleaning.

See also scaler sets, W-546/D, F, I and W-546/B-C, E, G-H.
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Date

1795-1850


Geography


Material/Technique

Linen


Credit

Gift of Marie Worthington Conrad Lehr in memory of her brother, Charles Angelo Conrad, 1915


Object Number

W-546/A


Colors


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