Antique and vintage gold toothpicks
Antique and vintage gold toothpicks are items of gold, sometimes incorporating a head of a different metal, such as silver, used as toothpicks.
They often come equipped with their own, usually gold, sheath.
History of gold toothpicks
Gold toothpicks have been discovered in prehistoric graves in Europe and Mesopotamia.
Toothpicks became items of fashion in the 17th century, with gold pieces among the most popular.
Antique or vintage?
Gold toothpicks produced more than 100 years ago are classed as “antique” according to the 1930 Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act’s definition.
“Vintage” refers to pieces manufactured within the last 100 years and can include items made as recently as the 1980s.
How much are gold toothpicks worth?
The value of gold toothpicks can vary dramatically according to the amount of gold they contain and the current price of gold. Antique pieces can change hands for hundreds of pounds, regardless of size and price of gold.
Notable sales of antique and vintage gold toothpicks
A Victorian 14K gold toothpick sold for $300 at a Dirk Soulis Auctions sale in December 2010.
A 14K yellow gold toothpick, with a removable sheath, achieved $200 at a DuMouchelles auction in October 2007.
A circa 1800 tortoiseshell and gold toothpick case sold for £540 at a Christie’s sale in July 2007.