Genuine Victorian Transfer Printed SAPONACEOUS TOOTH POWDER
F.S. CLEAVER, CHEMIST, LONDON c. 1880
This is a fascinating tooth powder pot, circa 1880. It once contained white soap powder, delicately scented. Tooth cleaning first become a hygenic standard in 18th century England, primarily for the upper classes, and was accomplished with a variety of strange tools. Tooth powder began appearing in the 19th century, and was marketed in these beautiful pots beginning in the 1880s, when nearly every chemist or pharmacist began formulating his own recipe and printing their own pots for advertising. The pot lid and base was made in the Staffordshire district and is transfer printed in black. The attractive lid bears the name of the product, some boastful claims, the name of the chemist and the location of London The large pot measures 3 1”/2 wide and stands 1 1/2" tall. It is in outstanding condition. The piece will make a great addition to any collection of transfer printed advertising wares or quack medicines, and would make a fabulous gift for the dentist in your life!