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Toothbrush - Bone, circa 1880 (Part) Archaeology Reg. No: LL 12286

This bone toothbrush was excavated at Casselden Place in 2003.

Health and hygiene.
'Cleanliness is next to Godliness'. This is a difficult maxim to follow when 'there is not one bath in sixty', when sewerage gathers in cesspits and open drainage channels line the streets.But the residents of Little Lon did practice personal hygiene. Archaeologists have uncovered toothbrushes and toothpaste pots, scent bottles, soap dishes, combs and hairbrushes.
Clean teeth and neat hair did not guarantee good health however. Doctors were expensive, so ordinary people had to rely on medicines like Holloway's Ointment and Hall's Vegetable Pain Conqueror as well as Chinese herbal remedies. Children were dosed weekly with the laxative castor oil, to keep their bowels regular.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Heritage Victoria, 2005
Discipline: Archaeology - Historical
Dimensions: 15.0 mm (Width), 165.0 mm (Length)
Dimension Comment: 165

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Tagged with: making history - little lonsdale street
Themes this item is part of: Little Lon, Little Lon Collection
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: HISTORICAL ARCHAEOLOGY
Activity: hygiene
Specific Activity: teeth
Lot Area Unit: 33A/2/304
Inscriptions: Stamped on handle: IMPROVED WARRANTED EXTRA QUALITY


Greg Waldock Posted on 05 Mar 2010 6:17 AM
I was wondering if you could give me any information on a Bone Toothbrush that I found digging in Toronto.

Scribed in the handle is "E.HOOPER&Co" a symbol, logo or trademark of some kind (Its very difficult to make out) and finally "TORONTO,ONT" There is also a single “Y” nearest to the bristles.

I can provide you with any images that might help. Any information would be very helpful.

Thanks so much for your time
Greg Waldock

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