George Washington's false teeth!!!!!

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    One of the best artifact I have ever seen on exhibit anywhere. They had a whole space devoted to this. Awesome.

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    1. Tyler.Meyer 86 months ago | reply

      Awesome! Where is this located? Were these the ones made of horse teeth?

    2. natmaconjr 86 months ago | reply

      Mount Vernon

    3. d_fernetti 82 months ago | reply

      Now I know why we never see a picture of Geroge Washington smiling.

    4. katrinaelsi 79 months ago | reply

      ZOMG! I have to go there, just to see these!

    5. tikal_ta 75 months ago | reply

      whats with the bottoms? its like purposely putting gaps?

    6. thane 74 months ago | reply

      where's george?

    7. kyle47887 73 months ago | reply

      it is made on grinded down cow teeth an dead human teeth

    8. a r b o 72 months ago | reply

      Now I know why we never see a picture of Geroge Washington smiling.

      You only know what you think you know. Portraits were all painted in oil paint on canvas in George's time, and you only need look at lots of portraits of other famous and important peeple in the late 18th century to verify that nobody else smiled in portraits either. This was due to formalism in art. A key aspect of portraiture then was that persons of significance were supposed to look serious, so they were portrayed as having a serious demeanor. A person smiling in a portrait was seen as frivolous and not worthy of the "great artists" who painted them.

      whats with the bottoms? its like purposely putting gaps?

      Nope. They simply broke with use.

      it is made on grinded down cow teeth an dead human teeth.

      Bullshit.

    9. Ray Larabie 72 months ago | reply

      The smile wasn't discovered until 1913 which coincides with the invention of the bra. Photographs prior to 1913 feature no smiles.

    10. a r b o 72 months ago | reply

      So if old George Washingmachine had seen more titties history would have been very different. Amazing the conclusions we can arrive at with practically no knowledge of a subject.

    11. ArgyllShire 71 months ago | reply

      @ Kyle47887-You are correct.

      Human teeth were pulled by Roman soldiers from their fallen enemy so they could be used for their own dentures.Poor people would even pull their own teeth and sell them.Ivory,bone,wood,animal teeth have all been used down through the centuries.But the prefered materials were mother of pearl,gold and silver.
      With the internet we have access to old medical records,museums,and history books.
      So with a little effort will not only enlighten us,but it will also keep us from making adamant,yet innaccurate replies.

    12. a r b o 71 months ago | reply

      Sources please?

      I believe you but I want to read the sources anyway.

      Ray Larabie and I are joking by the way.

    13. a r b o 71 months ago | reply

      According to MSNBC:
      www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6875436/

      "A forensic anthropologist from the University of Pittsburgh came to the dental museum, which is affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution, to supervise laser scans on one of the four known sets of Washington's dentures. The dentures are made from gold, ivory, lead, human and animal teeth (horse and donkey teeth were common components)."

    14. a r b o 71 months ago | reply

      So with a little effort will not only enlighten us,but it will also keep us from making adamant,yet innaccurate replies.

      Freedom of speech, dude. I don't mind being outspoken, but what's that about ". . .grinded down cow teeth an dead human teeth." ? Eh? *Really* accurate.

    15. a r b o 71 months ago | reply

      My main complaint is that peeple post stuff without giving a source. Then other peepl come along and make fun of it . Then still others come along and post stuff and say it's fact---without giving a source.

    16. ArgyllShire 71 months ago | reply

      I apologize to you arbo,I did not mean my comment to sound so rude.I also get very tired of people posting "facts" that only tease.
      At least no one has said Photoshopped yet :)
      As far as sources go,I could only locate a few articles I have recently read,and I fear the facts may be thin at best.It appears to be more speculative in nature.
      ancienthistory.suite101.com/article.cfm/a_history_of_dent...

      blog.aurorahistoryboutique.com/history-of-dentures/

      This is the most informative article regarding Washingtons teeth.
      www.americanrevolution.org/dental.html

      Thanks for the link to the Smithonian.
      Now those teeth look very uncomfotable to use.It looks like the springs were wear against the inside of the mouth and rub it raw!

    17. a r b o 71 months ago | reply

      No problem-o ArgyllShire. I put myself out there, and I like to debate. Sorry if I came across as terse.

      Thanks for your links too : - )

      I wear dentures myself, and yes these ones look like they would be very uncomfortable to have pressingagainst your gums. Those springs make it look like an implement of torture.

    18. sanstitle 56 months ago | reply

      Nice shot!...I just came back from Mt.Vernon but they only had the lower section on display. Wish I'd taken a shot but there was always someone there to enforce the "please don't photograph the General's Dentures" sign.

    19. Ned59 55 months ago | reply

      Hi. I'd like to use this photo in a book. Please can you contact me?
      enidworsley@googlemail.com

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