Despite fastidiously brushing his teeth with tooth powder, scraping his tongue of bacteria, and using mouthwash, George Washington lost his first tooth at age 24 and was wearing a full set of dentures by age 57. His morning routine of dental hygiene did not end with the loss of his teeth, as his five sets of dentures required constant maintenance and attention. Washington likely used this compact toilet set complete with a tooth brush, tooth-powder box, and tongue scraper while traveling during his presidency and subsequent retirement. More


c. 1795



A: Silver, ivory, animal hair B: Silver C: Silver D: Leather, paper


Overall (A): 4 13/16 in. x 3/8 in. x 5/8 in. (12.29 cm x 0.97 cm x 1.6 cm)
Overall (B): 4 13/16 in. x 1/16 in. (12.22 cm x 0.13 cm)
Overall (C): 4 13/16 in. x 7/16 in. x 1/4 in. (12.22 cm x 1.12 cm x 0.64 cm)
Overall (D, case): 3 1/2 in. x 3/4 in. x 3/8 in. (8.89 cm x 1.91 cm x 0.97 cm)
Other (D, lid): 2 3/8 in. x 3/4 in. x 7/16 in. (6.05 cm x 1.91 cm x 1.12 cm)


Gift of Mrs. Charles Angelo Conrad, 1894

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