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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.


Rectangular fabric case; assembled from one continuous length of fabric that forms the mouth, body, and overhanging trapezoidal flap lid; the whole is bound in cloth tape.






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

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