Toilet utensils

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Toilet set from the Hallstatt period with tweezers, scrapers and ear spoons

A toilet set (also toilet set ) is a small metal cutlery made of iron or bronze , more rarely made of precious metal , which is used for general personal hygiene . It usually consists of a pair of tweezers , an ear spoon and, less often, a simple nail cutter , attached together on a small ring.

Toilet sets have been proven by finds since the Bronze Age and were generally in use until well after the Viking Age . They are found remarkably often as additions in men's and women's graves from the early Middle Ages .

Around 1500 there were cleaning sets made of bones in Germany in which a toothbrush was mounted together with an ear spoon and a toothpick, as an archaeological find from Lübeck shows.


  1. see Reallexikon der Germanischen Altertumskunde . Walter de Gruyter publishing house, Berlin.