Adjustable dentist's chair, Europe, 1831-1870

Made:
1831-1870 in Europe
maker:
Unknown

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Adjustable dental chair, c 1865. Three quarter front view.
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This early adjustable dental chair has plush upholstered seating with elaborate wooden carvings - the arms take the
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

This early adjustable dental chair has plush upholstered seating with elaborate wooden carvings - the arms take the
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

This early adjustable dental chair has plush upholstered seating with elaborate wooden carvings - the arms take the
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

This early adjustable dental chair has plush upholstered seating with elaborate wooden carvings - the arms take the
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

This early adjustable dental chair has plush upholstered seating with elaborate wooden carvings - the arms take the
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Adjustable dental chair, mid 19th century

This early adjustable dental chair has plush upholstered seating with elaborate wooden carvings – the arms take the form of two eagle heads. As a specialised piece of furniture it is representative of the emergence of the dentist as a separate profession. The quality of the chair also suggests that there was a wealthy clientele ready and willing to pay for dental services.

The first reclining chair was invented in 1832 by James Snell, a London dentist who was also a member of the Royal College of Surgeons.

Details

Category:
Dentistry
Object Number:
A29615
Materials:
frame, iron, frame, mahogany, upholstery, velvet, crimson
type:
dentist's chair
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • dental equipment
credit:
Segerem, W.

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