Dental chair, England, 1880-1910

Made:
1880-1910 in England
maker:
Unknown
Dental chair, English, 1880-1910.
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Dental chair, English, 1880-1910

Plush velvet upholstered seating, cast iron feet and a separate rubber footrest make up this fully adjustable dental chair. As specialised furniture, dental chairs symbolised the emergence of dentistry as a separate profession. The quality of the chair also suggests wealthy clientele were willing to pay for dental services.

The first reclining chair was invented in 1832 by London dentist James Snell. He was also a member of the Royal College of Surgeons.

Details

Category:
Dentistry
Object Number:
A602148
Materials:
foot boards, pine, foot boards, rubber, white, frame, iron (cast) and upholstery, velvet, red
type:
dentist's chair
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • dental equipment