Trade Card of a Dentist

Artist or maker:
1740-1790 {nd}
See related documents for dating rationale.
Place of Production:
letterpress on paper
Type of Object:
relief prints
trade cards
Accession number:
One of a set, see others


Brief Description

Trade card for a dentist. Letterpress text surrounded by a letterpress border composed of fleuron ornaments.

Physical description

Dimensions (mm):
134 x 101 (irregular shape)
Physical Details:
single sheet, image and text size: 122 x 101 (sheet trimmed within image and text on right edge)
A CEUX A QUI LES / DENTS MANQUENT. Il y a un maistre en ceste ville au dessus du Bour[g] / au logis de maistre Iean le Vinaigrier qui rem[...] / proprement les dents, soit qu'elles vous soiet tom / bees par accidents de defluxions, arachees, ou au /trement (autrement) à cause de l'aage, [sic] il vous en restablira d'au /tres (d'autres), & sans aucune douleur. / Qui les aura noires ou iaunes, il les rendra blan- / ches (blanches), comme si elles estoient naturelles. / Ceux qui auront du chancre à l'entour des dents / qui les feroit branler, il les rend nettes & fermes. / Ceux qui en auront qui leur branlent il les rasseu- / rera (rasseurera), & donera remede pour appaiser les douleurs / ou enfleures de genciues, & les empescher de sai- / gner (saigner). Il communiquera d'autres secrets particu- / liers (particuliers), & on le recoignoistra quant on aura expér-imenté (experimenté) ce qu'il promet cy dessus. / Il a aussi du pied d'Elan, Messieurs les Medecins / sçauent, & approvvet se (rares) et singulieres vertus
To those who are lacking teeth. There is a master in this town, above the Centre, at the house of Master Jean le Vinaigrier, who neatly replaces teeth, whether they had fallen out by accident, by disease, were extracted or otherwise as a result of age; he will put in others, and this without pain. Whoever has black or yellow teeth, he will make them white, as if they were naturally. Those who have a canker around the teeth which would cause them to be loose, he will make them good and firm. Those who have wobbly teeth, he will stabilise them, & will give a remedy to lessen the toothache or inflammation of the gums, & will prevent them from bleeding. He will communicate other particular secrets, & one will give him his due when one has experienced what he promises above. He also uses elk's foot horn (remedy against epilepsy), learned Doctors, and approves its rare and singular merits.


Acquired by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild (b.1839, d.1898) before 1897; inherited by his sister Alice de Rothschild (b.1847, d.1922); inherited by her great-nephew James de Rothschild (b.1878, d.1957); bequeathed to Waddesdon The Rothschild Collection (The National Trust) in 1957.
Part of:
Recueil d'adresses: A collection of sixteenth, seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth century French, German, Belgian, Swiss, Dutch, Italian and Spanish trade cards, labels, wrappers, advertisements and related commercial ephemera bound in four volumes. 3686.1-4
Waddesdon, The Rothschild Collection (The National Trust)
Bequest of James de Rothschild, 1957


Related literature

Pierre Fauchard; Le chirurgien dentiste; Paris; Pierre-Jean Mariette; b.1694, d.1774; 1728. a revolutionary text book on dentistry, which influenced the practice. Describes similar operations to that in the card.
Denis Diderot, Jean d' Alembert; Encyclopédie ou Dictionnaire Raisonné des Sciences des Arts et des Metiers, xxxv vols [Paris: 1751-80]; Paris; Pergamon Press; 1969. vol. 5, p. 441: description of Elan for medical purposes

Indexed terms

Other details

Trades (Original Language):
dentiste/Health & body activities
rend les dents blanches/Health & body activities
rend les dents nettes et fermes/Health & body activities
donne les remedes pour appaiser les douleurs des dents/Health & body activities
remplace proprement les dents/Health & body activities