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Object ID 002895

Object Name Prophylactic Dental Plate Brush

Object Desc Orange box containing one Pro-phy-lac-tic dental plate brush for artificial teeth.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY002617a-b

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Personal Care


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Bay View Pharmacy

Object Date

Start Year Range 1900

End Year Range 1924

Status On Exhibit

Object Keywords oral hygiene,tooth brush,dentures,teeth,Florence Mfg. Co.,

Title Prophylactic Dental Brush

Description The Prophylactic Dental Plate Brush is indispensable for artificial teeth. It was made to reach every curve and crevice of plate and teeth. Two stiff, unbleached bristles help clean both plate and teeth. The sterlized yellow box was designed to keep dust, dirt, and germs off of the brush. This brush and box is from before 1924.


Approx Collection Date

Height 0.5

Length 6

Width 1

Depth 0

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Florence Manufacturing Co.

Maker Details Established in Florence, MA in 1886, the Florence Mfg. Co. focused on health care products. The Prophylactic toothbrush was patented 21 October 1884 and was highly advertised during the early twentieth century. In 1924, the company changed its name to Pro-phy-lac-tic Brush Company, based off of the brush. In 1930, Lambert Pharmaceuticals acquired the company. Lambert is now Pfizer Inc.

Maker Mark Red seal with Florence Mfg Co est.1886 in script


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Image Caption CMY2617a-b



Date JAN 23,2015

Summary Fair

Assessor Christine Jankowski

Notes The box is worn on the edges with some smudging and tears. Missing closure tab at one end. The brush had been used: smudging on the handle and bristles, the label is worn on the handle, and crumbs are on the bristles.


Date JAN 23,2015

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Bay View Pharmacy from H. Grafman Grocery Exhibit - automatic entry by admin