Ceramic pot for Cherry Tooth Paste, John Gosnell & Co.

John Gosnell & Co (estab. Circa 1840, closed Circa 1898)
Circa 1840-1898
Ceramic pot of Cherry Tooth Paste, prepared by John Gosnell & Co. Ltd, London. A small vessel, the lid's surface features the profile view of a young Grecian girl. The tooth paste asserts it is "Patronized by the Queen".

Toothpaste pots bearing the name of the toothpaste and that of the supplier first appeared in the 1800s and were common from the 1840s. Before this, toothpaste and toothpowder were sold in stoneware pots covered with paper secured by string. The practice of brushing the teeth for hygienic reasons began in the 18th century and became more popular in the 19th century.

Object detail

Circa 1840-1898
glazed ceramic
4.6 x 8.0 (diameter) cm
Accession Number
Object Type
dental healthcare/toothpaste
Henry Forman Atkinson Dental Museum Category


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