Back in the last century Prime Minister and wartime leader Sir Winston Churchill apparently always carried two spare sets of dentures around – just in case.
It’s reported he had the dentures made to preserve a natural lisp…as well as providing him with the means to eat and function properly.
One of the sets of partial dentures made for him sold at auction last year for more than £15,000 – such is their “historical significance”. Now another set is going under the hammer on Wednesday at Bonhams. Estimates are putting the price at £12,000 but with the previous set nudging higher it’s anyone’s guess what the final sum raised will be at the auction.
It seems that the wartime premier suffered from terrible teeth and gums and needed complicated dentistry from childhood.
Churchill valued so highly the skill of his dentist, Wilfred Fish, who worked with the dental technician who crafted his dentures, that he nominated him for a knighthood.
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We’ll note with interest to see how much Churchill’s chompers sell for later in the week.