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WWI toothbrushes

Article about: Does anyone have a clue about military toothbrushes? Were they issued as military toothbrushes or did a soldier bring his own? I bought one years ago on a visit to London which Iíve attached

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    Thanks William,

    It's always good to hear a second person backing up and confirming the authenticity.

    Tony

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    The WR Tilbury ones have been passed off as genuine recently...I think one made over £100!!It had been aged a bit but definitely a TPF one as that name is made up.Caveat Emptor.

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    There's one the same as mine on UK ebay at the mo. I'm interested in seeing what it sells for although it started at a high price and hasn't moved much WW1 British Issue Toothbrush Robert Addis SON LTD 1918 | eBay

    Tony

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    £210. Hm, it seems interest in British WW1 militaria is as strong as ever, and the only items to have fallen back somewhat are those which most collectors already have examples of. Do I take a malicious pleasure in seeing certain dealers stuck with their overpriced items? Of course I don't, that would be just horrid and I feel nothing but sympathy for the poor dears!

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    Quote by William1 View Post
    £210. Hm, it seems interest in British WW1 militaria is as strong as ever, and the only items to have fallen back somewhat are those which most collectors already have examples of. Do I take a malicious pleasure in seeing certain dealers stuck with their overpriced items? Of course I don't, that would be just horrid and I feel nothing but sympathy for the poor dears!


    That was perhaps a one off price from people starved of original toothbrushes. I bet if I put mine on there I'd get quite a bit less, always seems to be the way if I sell something. Still, it's nice to know I have a desirable bit of original kit.

    Tony

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    I think small disposable bits will always command a good price. Toothbrushes were a one off issue then replaced at personal expense.
    I think you would be surprised at the price your toothbrush would make were you to sell it.

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    WW1 dated toothbrushes are very scarce. Holdalls, KFSs, razors and button sticks aren't, and so when a toothbrush comes up, people want to finish the set and the result's a bloodbath.

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    I imagine a painful experience but I guess you only have to do it once to feed the collector habit!

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    I'll probably keep hold of it for the time being but who knows, if I need some money it might make my decision on what goes a little easier. It wasn't the only one I saw at the time and now wish I had bought more.

    Tony

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    I have just found a dated WW2 toothbrush on a reputable dealers site for £100 so start rooting around for the WW2 versions as well!

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