Model of a foot operated drill, Germany, 1910-1920

Made:
1910-1920 in Hannover
maker:
Richter

Creative Commons LicenseThis image is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 Licence

Buy this image as a print 

License this image for commercial use at Science and Society Picture Library

Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Model of a foot-operated dental drill, c.1914 by Richter, German

This model represents a dental drill which is powered by pushing the foot pedal up and down. This is known as a treadle drill. The dental drill is used to remove decayed matter from the teeth, which can become infected and painful if left untreated.

The treadle drill was invented in 1871 by James Beall Morrison (1829-1917), an American dentist who also designed dental chairs. His drill was popular with dentists throughout Europe and America and is an example of the first mechanically powered drill, which speeded up dental treatments.

Related people

Details

Category:
Dentistry
Object Number:
A600136
type:
dental drill
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • dental equipment
  • dental instrument
  • visual and verbal communication
credit:
Colchester and Essex Museum. Colchester
status:
Loan: Wellcome Trust

Cite this page

Rights

We encourage the use and reuse of our collection data.


Data in the title, made, maker and details fields are released under Creative Commons Zero


Descriptions and all other text content are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 licence

Using our data

Download

Download catalogue entry as json

Download manifest IIIF

Our records are constantly being enhanced and improved, but please note that we cannot guarantee the accuracy of any information shown on this website.