The Museum of Ridiculously Interesting Things

Magic hat covered in decayed teeth

A brown velvet hat that belonged to a street “dentist” or travelling tooth puller in London in the 1820s-50s. It is decorated with 88 decayed human teeth from his former patients, each drilled with a hole and attached with twine. ⁣⁣
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In the days before anaesthetic, this cap was meant to reassure potential clients that the dentist had “magician-like” skills, and could magically remove your rotten tooth without pain or infection. ⁣
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He couldn’t. Despite his magical tooth hat, the procedure would hurt like bloody screaming hell as he yanked your decaying molar out of your mouth with his rusty germ-infested tools. But at least you could take a little comfort in the fact that your dentist looked GREAT.⁣⁣
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From the Cuming Collection of the Southwark Heritage Archives, London, UK. ⁣⁣


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