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It’s a lockdown miracle!

Uncle B got a dentist appointment today! Nothing too awful; he’s lost a crown and will need it replacing. This is the first we’ve heard of practicing dentists. There’ve been horror stories about dentists giving out strong drugs rather than treatment and telling people to pull their own teeth if it got too bad.

What, the hat? I thought he might enjoy seeing an old friend. It belonged to a Victorian street dentist or tooth puller who wore it to advertise his expertise to passers-by.

It’s from the collection of a wonderful little museum in London, the Cuming. It was closed for a long time after a fire, but it looks like it’s open again. Well worth having a poke around their collection online.

They’ve even got 3D versions of many of their objects that you can twirl around. Behold, the hat!


Comment from Uncle Al
Time: June 11, 2020, 10:03 pm


There are dentists in England? Who knew?

Seriously, I’m glad for you Uncle B. I know too well how annoying and irritating it is to have something wrong with a tooth. Very distracting. I do hope it was only that and not painful, too.

That’s interesting about the tooth hat as walking advertisement, Mme. Ermine. It makes me wonder if I was misinterpreting those knitted pink pussy hats that were all the rage a few years ago. </sarc>

Comment from Timothy S. Carlson
Time: June 11, 2020, 11:07 pm

I’m glad the internet doesn’t have smell-o-vision, because that hat must smell just peachy.


Comment from durnedyankee
Time: June 12, 2020, 12:31 am

Ah! The Sorthing Hat!

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