A fine early 19th century dental mirror by Julien Marmont a Parisian dentist and poet from the Palais Royal. He made one such mirror for his patient Josephine Bonaparte.
A solid silver mirror in a long grain silk lined Moroccan leather case also containing a twisted silver tooth pic. On the back is inscribed Mirroir Odontoscopique par Marmont Dentiste and on the side Perron Du Palais Royal No 7. The mirror and tooth pick both have the hare hallmark guaranteeing French silver between 1819-1838 and the makers mark registered in 1805-1806 of the silversmith Jacques-Jérémie HUBERT who worked at 40 rue de Montmorency-Reunion. Orfèvrerie “La Boucle” à Paris.
Marmont was dentist to Napoleon’s Josephine, for whom he made one of his dental mirrors and he may also have treated Napoleon himself (see first link below).
In 1835 Marmont published ‘L’esthioménie procédé découvert depuis 1807 contre toutes les caries des dents’ promoting the destruction of caries by cauterization and various applications. The use of his mirror reflected his practice as one of the first advocates for the treatment and prevention of dental caries at a time when extraction was de rigueur.
- Julien Marmont, dentiste de Joséphine et occasionnellement de Napoléon Ier
- A Dentist-Poet from the Times of Charles X
- From the Phisick collection