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Antique Dentures Vulcanite mid 1800s False Teeth Oddity Curiosity Dental

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That's right, false teeth, kinda gross. Which qualifies it as a feature in the curiosity cabinet of oddities. Lower plate, worn rear teeth, hardened darkened vulcanite rubber, porcelain teeth, 1800s. Just an odd, unusual find.

In the early 1800's porcelain teeth became commonly available and replaced human teeth in time. Denture bases were not well fitted until the invention of vulcanite. Plaster was used to make molds of the mouth which made dentures a better fit and the use of Vulcanite (hardened rubber) became common in the 1850s. It was cheap and flexible which made it easy to work with.

Here is an interesting 3 min historical video on false teeth, not for the timid:

http://www.thisisirishfilm.ie/shorts/waterloo-dentures

Antique Dentures Vulcanite mid 1800s False Teeth Oddity Curiosity Dental

Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1800s
  • Materials: porcelain, vulcanite, rubber
  • Ships worldwide from Florida, United States
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