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Toothbrush dish and cover: C.660 & A-1928

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Current Location: In storage




Agate ware, moulded in two parts with applied handle on the cover, and lead-glazed. The oblong dish has shallow sides, and a narrow projecting rim with curved ends and two indentations on each side. The interior has two double curved rests to take two toothbrushes, and a narrow ledge within the rim on which the cover rests. The cover is of similar shape without the projecting rim, and has three small spaced ventilation holes. The strap handle forms a vertical rectangle in the centre.


History note: Mr Lehne, North Howard Street, Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Lehne Sale, where bought at the end of the day in April 1911 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 6 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928-12-07) by Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr

Components of the work

Dish Length 21 cm Width 9 m

Materials used in production

agate Earthenware

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Moulded and applied
  • Type: Factory mark
  • Text: 3389
  • Location: On inside of cover
  • Method of creation: Painted in black ink
  • Type: Number

Inscription present: rectangular white paper label with top corner's cut, and red line round all but lower edge

  • Text: No 3389/Agate ware tooth-/brush dish & cover/marked Copeland and/Garrett. b. at Bal-/timore, Md, U.S.A./ April 1911.
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.660 & A-1928
Primary reference Number: 75766
Old object number: 3389
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Tuesday 22 November 2022

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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