Electric dental elevator, London, England, 1932

Made:
1932 in London
maker:
Tools and Machinery Supplies Limited

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Thew's electric chisel-elevator, cased, by Tools and Machinery Supplies Ltd., London, dated 1932

This object looks more like an instrument of torture, rather than something used in dentistry – although some people would probably agree that they are one and the same. It was used to loosen teeth in a controlled way before they were extracted and is known as a dental elevator. Inside the handle is an electric hammer used to power the hook-like head at the end – although different attachments can be added to the hammer. The elevator is powered by battery, while the foot pedal acts as an on/off switch. The equipment was made by Tools and Machinery Supplies Ltd.

Details

Category:
Dentistry
Object Number:
1980-1865/2
Materials:
brass (copper, cotton (fibre), cotton (textile), electrical components, glass, incomplete, mahogany (wood), paper (fibre product), plastic (unidentified), rubber (unidentified), steel (metal), zinc alloy)
Measurements:
open: 271 mm x 291 mm x 500 mm,
type:
dental elevator
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • dental equipment
  • dental instrument
credit:
British Dental Association
status:
Permanent collection

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