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Napoleon's Toothbrush, Europe, 1790-1821

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Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) was a French leader with a distinguished military career which culminated in him becoming Napoleon I, Emperor of France and ruler of a large empire. Napoleon brushed his teeth regularly using opium-based toothpaste. His toothbrush has a silver gilt handle and bristles made of horsehair – synthetic nylon bristles have replaced natural bristles in modern toothbrushes. The handle shows his monogram “N”. maker: Unknown maker Place made: Europe


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