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
Certainly for WWII you get military issue examples and they are often dated and that is probably the only way you can tell they are issue items and I assume the same was true for the great war. Even the WWII versions fetch quite high prices so for WWI the sky is probably the limit, well almost.
I think a lot of the ones going for silly money on eBay at the moment are actually repros made by the Great War Society a few years back. There has been some incredulous comments about these auctions on the WW1 & WW2 reenactors pages of Facebook and several members of the GWS noted that the manufacturers details were made up by the society based on some members names who were involved in making them.
Thanks for links and for giving your opinion, it's much appreciated. I bought the toothbrush back when I first started collecting, at the time it didn't even occur to me that people might fake a toothbrush or any other piece of equipment, back then I was young and thought only money was faked
I bought it on a trip to the UK along with a few other items from the same shop and I'm happy to say that although the shop was very expensive, all items I bought were genuine.
A pity the price of the Addis toothbrush on WD Militaria isn't shown, it would have been interesting to see the difference between the prices in the late 80s and 18 months ago. I think I paid something like 10 GBP for it, that's less than the repro today in the 2nd link.
I've collected British WW1 kit for 35 years on and off. OK, that doesn't automatically make me an expert! but I have handled repros and good ones. Yours is 100% one of the good ones. These are now extremely scarce and I could see yours making £100 on eekbay. As for the one in the original auction - !