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Two folding toothpicks, circa 1890

Two folding toothpicks, circa 1890

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Two folding toothpicks, dating from around 1890. The left features two pointed toothpicks. The right is a novelty violin shape in faux tortoiseshell and has one folding toothpick and one ear scoop. There is evidence of the use of toothpicks in many of the earliest human cultures. In the 1800s, dental hygiene was becoming more popular, and by the end of the nineteenth century toothpick manufacturing machines were mass producing them to meet demand.

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