The William (Billy) Jamieson Collection Live Auction of Decorative Arts
April 29, 2014
Case Framed Dental Collage Sign, 19th century
the albumen print of ‘ Mr. F. Roper, F.I.D.S., Les Dentes Extrahit’ in top hat and tails adorned with human teeth, on green velvet mat decorated with human and animal teeth and small bones, in shadow box frame
30.5" x 22" — 77.5 x 55.9 cm.
Itinerant surgeon/dentist ‘tooth pullers’ were sideshow attractions at 19th century carnivals and fairs. Mr. Roper was likely such an attraction.