Early 19th-century French dental-hygiene set with silver instruments. With the exception of one tongue scraper, all pieces are hallmarked for Paris 1809-1819. In other words they are struck with the guarantee mark that was used on small pieces of silver during those years. There is no maker’s mark. The red-morocco leather case retains the original mirror on the interior of the lid and its protective pad.. The mirror shows no loss of silvering and the instruments ( toothbrush, tooth-powder box with double lids and two tongue scrapers) are all in very good condition. As can be seen in the last image, the toothbrush bristles are bone mounted, presumably for ease of replacement.
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