Tucum Tooth Brush

Tucum Tooth Brush
Title
Tucum Tooth Brush
Date 
1875-1900
Medium 
Plastic, metal, fiber, bristle, cardboard, paper
Dimensions 
Overall: 5/8 x 7 1/8 x 1 3/8 in. ( 1.6 x 18.1 x 3.5 cm )
Description 
Toothbrush with ivory-colored plastic handle (a) with metal mount and three interchangeable heads (b-d), one with hard fiber, one with soft fiber, and one with bristle; in original cardboard box (e) with paper insert with printed instructions.
Object Number 
Z.851a-e
Marks 
printed: on box lid: "TUCUM / TRADEMARK / PATENTED / MARCH 9, 1875. / TOOTHBRUSH" printed: on paper insert: "The Tucum Tooth Brush / Is mainly composed of a tropical fibre, remarkable / for its teeth cleaning qualities. Its constant use / gives tone to the gums, and insures clean, well / polished Teeth. Discard all dentifrice, / use water only! / These brushes are made hard and soft. The former contain more / fibre and are distinguished by blue backs from the soft ones, which are / red. . . . /. . . / Wholesale Agent, / A. W. STEVENS, / Boston, Mass., U.S.A. / Post-office address, Box 3188."
Gallery Label 
Paper insert is located in curatorial file.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group