Rare Antique Victorian Sterling Silver Top Denture Mouth Piece Curio
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A Rare Antique Victorian Sterling Silver (Tests As Silver) Top Denture Mouth Piece Curiosity.
Before the late 19th-century, false teeth were expensive for all but the wealthy. Dentists struggled to produce functioning replacements, resulting in the manufacture of dentures which were made of of anything from wood or porcelain, animal bone or ivory, to hardened rubber and even gold or silver. Real human teeth were also used in the making of dentures. These teeth were commonly sourced from corpses on the battlefield, stolen from graves, or extracted from the poor who raised desperately needed funds.
Whatever material the teeth were made from, the finished items were plugged into the holes of the top and bottom denture mouth pieces, just like the one pictured.
Condition is good, commensurate with age and use.
Measures 5cm x 5cm x 2cm
Weighs 11.13 grams