Victorian Toothbrush Holder – Gilt, Turquoise and Pink Decoration
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.
The decoration is a mix of transfer prints and hand painted decoration. 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 a chip to the rim of the bowl – see photos.
Depth (front to back): 8.4cm