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Toothbrush, Bone – Second Fort Crawford

Toothbrush This bone toothbrush was recovered from the Second Fort Crawford Officers’ Quarters during 1999 excavations in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. The handle is broken, and the head is much larger than modern-day toothbrushes. In 1842, toothbrushes sold at the fort’s sutler store for 43 cents, 38 cents, and 25 cents (United States Army 1842-1845:30).

United States Army
1842-1845   Record Book, United States Army, Infantry Regiment 1st. Wisconsin Historical Society, Archives and Reading Room, Call No. SC 2165, MVAD 4/14/SC 2165.