Electric dental elevator, London, England, 1932

1932 in London
Tools and Machinery Supplies Limited

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

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.


Object Number:
brass (copper, zinc alloy), cotton (fibre), cotton (textile), electrical components, glass, incomplete, mahogany (wood), paper (fibre product), plastic (unidentified), rubber (unidentified) and steel (metal)
open: 271 mm x 291 mm x 500 mm,
dental elevator
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • dental equipment
  • dental instrument
British Dental Association

Cite this page


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 catalogue entry as json

View manifest in IIIF viewer

Add to Animal Crossing Art Generator

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.