Pot lid for S. Maw, Son and Thompson’s White Cherry Toothpaste. Found in a ditch that was filled in 1883.
Polychrome pot lid for John Gosnell’s Cherry Toothpaste (actually areca-nut flavoured toothpaste which was dyed pink). Found amid ash and domestic refuse of the 1890s.
Black and white pot lid for John Gosnell’s Cherry Toothpaste, ‘Extra Moist’. Most of these lids were polychrome. The ‘Extra Moist’ ones are less common. Found amid ash and domestic refuse of the 1890s.
Part of a pot lid for John Gosnell’s cherry toothpaste, found with ash and domestic refuse of the 1890s.
Four pot lids for Wood’s Areca Nut Toothpaste, at 6d per pot. This is the commonest lid to turn up in old rubbish dumps. Found in black ash amid scavenged household waste of the 1890s.
Bone toothbrushes, bristles missing. (These would have decayed in the ground.) Toothbrushes were a luxury. Poorer people would have cleaned their teeth with a stick or marshmallow root or rag and soot.
Antiseptic Carnation Tooth Paste, prepared by W. T. Cooper, Chemist etc, 26 Oxford St. Black transfer on white, with decorative border.