From the 1930's to the 1950's, another motivation for children to practice good dental hygiene was the decorative toothbrush holder. Most of the collectible toothbrush holders were made in prewar Japan and were modeled after popular comic, Disney and nursery rhyme characters. This china holder, circa 1930's, depicts a colorful pirate dressed in bright colors, hat with skull and crossbones, black eye patch and mustache. He stands 5 1/4" tall and can either hang on the wall or sit on a flat surface. His curved arms and open boots holds the toothbrushes and a tray to hold the tube of toothpaste. Marked "Japan". The colors are bright and there are no cracks, chips or repairs.