Barber's chair modified for dental extractions

Made:
1701-1800 in Holland
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Science Museum Group Collection
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This barber's chair from the 1700s has been modified for dental extractions. This is unsurprising. Barbers during this
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

This barber's chair from the 1700s has been modified for dental extractions. This is unsurprising. Barbers during this
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

This barber's chair from the 1700s has been modified for dental extractions. This is unsurprising. Barbers during this
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

This barber's chair from the 1700s has been modified for dental extractions. This is unsurprising. Barbers during this
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

This barber's chair from the 1700s has been modified for dental extractions. This is unsurprising. Barbers during this
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

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

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

Detail of barber's chair, wood, modified for dental extractions, possibly Dutch, 1701-1800. This barber's chair from the 1700s
Science Museum Group Collection
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Detail of barber's chair, wood, modified for dental extractions, possibly Dutch, 1701-1800. This barber's chair from the 1700s
Science Museum Group Collection
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Carving on barber's chair, wood, modified for dental extractions, possibly Dutch, 1701-1800. This barber's chair from
Science Museum Group Collection
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Detail of fixings. Barber's chair, wood, modified for dental extractions, possibly Dutch, 1701-1800. This barber's
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Science Museum Group Collection
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Detail of headrest. Barber's chair, wood, modified for dental extractions, possibly Dutch, 1701-1800. This barber's
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Detail of carvings. Barber's chair, wood, modified for dental extractions, possibly Dutch, 1701-1800. This barber's
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Detail of headrest. Barber's chair, wood, modified for dental extractions, possibly Dutch, 1701-1800. This barber's
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Detail of fixings. Barber's chair, wood, modified for dental extractions, possibly Dutch, 1701-1800. This barber's
Science Museum Group Collection
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Barber's chair, wood, modified for dental extractions, possibly Dutch, 1701-1800

This barber's chair from the 1700s has been modified for dental extractions. This is unsurprising. Barbers during this era routinely performed operations such as dental extraction and bloodletting. They were known as ‘Barber-surgeons’. The solid wooden chair is made from English ash and elm. It encouraged the patient to lean back. This made access easier for the barber. The neck rest has been added to support the head while he operated.

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Barber's chair

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Category:
Dentistry
Object Number:
1981-2215
Materials:
ash and elm
Measurements:
width (arms): 651 mm
type:
dentist's chair
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • furnishing - artefact
  • furniture
  • seating furniture
  • chair
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • dental equipment
credit:
Angel Antiques