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Masticator, Paris, France, 1870-1890

Science Museum, London


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A food masticator uses a scissor-like movement to mash food. It was probably used to ‘pre-chew’ food for elderly toothless patients and others unable to chew. When not in use, the teeth are held together by a sprung clip which secures the ends of the ivory-covered handles. The masticator was made in France and is stamped with the maker’s name and address: “A Aubry, Bd. St. Michel Paris”. Aubry was a major surgical instrument maker who won gold medals at the Expositions Universelles in Paris in 1878 and 1889. maker: Aubry, A. Place made: Paris, Ville de Paris, Île-de-France, France


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Masticator, Paris, France, 1870-1890. Credit: Science Museum, London. CC BY

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