Bone items: a knife handle and two toothbrushes. One bears the name of the local maker G. Bristow, Yarmouth. The other is an import, impressed with the words ‘Extra Fine, Paris’ (this referring to the bristles).
Part of a soap/ toiletries. toothbrush holder, from a ceramic washstand set. It may or may not have had a lid. Simple red/brown transfer-printed design to exterior.
Wavy-grip left-handed bone toothbrush (no markings) and a lid for a pot of Wood’s Areca Nut toothpaste, price 6d. This is the most commonly found brand of toothpaste in rubbish dumps of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Two bone toothbrushes. One is incised ‘Extra Fine Paris’ (referring to the quality of the bristles). The other is incised G. Bristow, Yarmouth. Kelly’s Directory for Norfolk, 1900, lists George Bristow, ‘hair dresser and sub-post office, 154...
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.