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Back Scratcher

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1965T5991
Collection:Social History - Pinto Collection
Date:1750 - 1850

Maker Information


This wooden back scratcher is made of Lignum Vitae. This design was very popular around 1770.Keeping clean was particularly difficult in the 18th century as almost everyone was infected with body and head lice. Back and head scratchers were pieces of everyday equipment and many are beautifully carved in fine materials, such as ivory, ebony or lignum vitae

Purchased from Edward H Pinto, 1965.

Further Information

Production Period:18th century or 19th century
Medium:Mahogany or rosewood, carved, and possibly turned.
Place of Origin:England


Height:40.3 cm
Width:2.5 cm
Depth:1 cm