Genuine Victorian Transfer Printed CHERRY TOOTH PASTE
J.E. HODGSON, CHEMIST/PROPRIETOR Darlington, England c. 1890
This is a fascinating toothpaste pot, circa 1880, salvaged from a Victorian tip dump in England. It once contained Cherry extract flavored Toothpaste, one of the early varieties of toothpaste used in Britain. This toothpaste was made and marketed by a chemist named Hodgson, who established himself with a product which became a household necessity. 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 paste 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 measures 3 1/4” wide and stands 1 1/2“ tall. The lid is in great condition and the base has a chip to the inside.
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