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Site: 18AN39 Saunders Point

Context: Mid-18th-century cellar


Description: This 18th-century double-ended toothbrush has 19 drilled holes on one end and 5 on the opposite end. Examining the size of the bristle holes at either end suggests that the bristles faced in opposite directions. Bristles are still evident in some of the holes and fine copper wire used to attach bristles seen crossing back of brush and in a loop inside one of the holes, holding bristles in place. Green staining from the copper wire is apparent on both the front and back sides of the rounded stock. It is possible that this brush was used for cleaning fingernails, rather than as a toothbrush.

Cranking:  None

Bristle Attachment: 

Stock shape: