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Last updated: 11/10/2010

LDBDA : 2505

upper partial denture

upper partial walrus ivory denture with 6 carved teeth and a heart engraved on the top of the palate.

Ivory was used as a denture material in the 18th century and at the beginning of the 19th century. The ivory most commonly used was hippopotamus or walrus. There were many problems with this material though as being a natural material it also decayed in the mouth if it wasn't kept clean. Dentures were often given as wedding or birthday presents.

walrus ivory; width 34mm

Image of partial denture