Silver tongue scraper, London, England, 1827
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Tongue scrapers were used to remove the ‘furry’ deposits that can build up on the tongue after eating, drinking and smoking. This particular type was known as a ‘wishbone’ because of its shape. They symbolise a growing interest in oral healthcare and would be used either during a visit to the dentist or in the home. Scrapers could be made from a range of materials including ivory, tortoiseshell, gold and silver. Silver scrapers generally came into use after 1800. maker: Knight II, William or King, William Place made: London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom