Victorian Toothbrush Holder – Brown Graphic Print
I’m not sure that I have ever seen a Victorian toothbrush holder before . . . . and then I find 3. Mass produced toothbrushes appeared in the 19th Century – mainly made from bone handles with the bristles made from boar hair. Toothpaste was largely made in the domestic setting in a powder form from soot, chalk, powdered cuttlefish and other lovely things. Toothpaste in tubes seems to have first appeared at the end of the 19th Century.
These ceramic vessels with lids were therefore just the thing you needed to store your bone and boar hair toothbrush.
This version has a backstamp that says Matlock but this maybe the pattern reference rather than have anything to do with where it was made.
The lid is slightly ill fitting but the motif is lovely and the handle is in the form of some stylised coral. Would make a good receptacle for pens on a desktop.
There are a few small nibbles to the body of the vessel and it has lost one of the internal ridges that would have held the toothbrush clear of the bottom of the bowl.
Depth (front to back): 8.4cm