Oddest book on my shelf

From Etruscan bridgework and Phoenician false teeth and George Washington’s dental problems, to the identification in 1949, of one of the victims of Haigh, the Acid Bath Killer, by her false teeth which had resisted the action of the acid.

The Strange Story of False Teeth
The Strange Story of False Teeth, Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1968

Artist Gilbert Stuart, who did the original portrait of Washington on which the dollar bill engraving is based, tried to soften the President’s lower teeth protrusion with rolls of cotton wool stuffed in his sitter’s mouth.

The ivory lower set of dentures belonging to Washington is on display at The National Museum of Dentistry, Baltimore, Maryland.