We know that Josephine never smiled because her teeth were terrible. Dental hygiene, being what it was, more often resulted in pulled teeth than in saving them, but in fact there were tools for dental hygiene and particularly in France the practice was an important one. We have many surviving small etui with gold toothpick or scaling tools and tongue scrapers inside, all in addition to the simple tooth brush. But the sets like this one are thought to have been for the dental professional. Look at the array! Here within this small vest-pocket traveling dentist's kit is a handle and 7 various cleaning and dental care tools which remain in fine condition, ready to use - what? You don't want to USE them? Well, understandable, but you'll surely find them fascinating at the least. Just one implement has gone missing from its fitting within the old leather clad case, so we have a fine example here of what dentistry in the time of Napoleon might have looked like. Hmmm. . . No wonder Josephine never smiled, huh?
Very good to excellent condition, the RARE nearly complete set of 7 of the 8 original tools along with the handle into which they each mount by screw-fitting, you have all the dentist's tools at the ready, and here within their original small case. The case has a stain on the silk satin upper, which has gold embossment that reads, "MonCharriere COLLIN, PARIS" (well-noted maker of early surgical equipment, tools). Case is covered in leather and the old spine has split and been restored with addition of a leather panel that now joins the upper and lower halves of the case. A pushbutton closure holds tight. Handle and all fine steel implements are in great condition for age. RARE and very interesting set.
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