18th Century ‘Chompers’ Carved Hippo Ivory Dentures

$180.00

George Washington’s false teeth were in fact not wood but hippo ivory. Dating to the 1700s, Hippo ivory dentures are extremely rare, very few examples exist today.

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George Washington’s false teeth were in fact not wood but hippo ivory. Dating to the 1700s, Hippo ivory dentures are extremely rare, very few examples exist today. Crudely carved teeth and a rudimentary ‘channel’ to place over the gums these were simply employed as the only alternative to ‘chomping up’ a meal more substantial than gruel. Lot consists of two partial plates and a bridge of sorts. Ex, Niagara Falls Museum collection.