Adjustable dental chair, England, 1701-1800

Made:
1701-1800 in England
maker:
Unknown
Adjustable dental chair, 18th century. 
      Full 3/4 view, split grey background. Adjustable dental chair, 18th century. 
      Detail view of adjustable section, split black bacground.

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Adjustable dental chair, 18th century. Full 3/4 view, split grey background.
Science Museum Group Collection
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Adjustable dental chair, 18th century. Detail view of adjustable section, split black bacground.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Adjustable dental chair, 18th century

This early adjustable dental chair has upholstered seating. 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:
A602082
Materials:
fittings, iron and wood
type:
dentist's chair
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • dental equipment