Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Dental Bridge circa 1840-1860

While on a visit to Charleston, South Carolina, USA in August 2017 I saw the most amazing thing. It was a solid gold bridgework set with ivory teeth at The Charleston Museum. The two pieces were listed as being fabricated in the United States somewhere between 1840 and 1860.

The odd thing, it was found in the privy of the Heyward-Washington House. So why solid gold objects would be thrown in an outhouse puzzles me? Was someone mad at the owner of these false teeth and put them there where it would be difficult to recover? Were they being hidden where no one would find them (maybe during the American Civil War)?

I suppose the answers are lost to the sands of time...

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