Barber's chair modified for dental extractions

Made:
1701-1800 in Holland
maker:
Unknown

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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
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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
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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
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Carving on barber's chair, wood, modified for dental extractions, possibly Dutch, 1701-1800. This barber's chair from
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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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Detail of headrest. Barber's chair, wood, modified for dental extractions, possibly Dutch, 1701-1800. This barber's
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Detail of carvings. Barber's chair, wood, modified for dental extractions, possibly Dutch, 1701-1800. This barber's
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Detail of headrest. Barber's chair, wood, modified for dental extractions, possibly Dutch, 1701-1800. This barber's
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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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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.

Details

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

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