'Rathbone' dental unit, London, England, 1932

1932 in London

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At the dentist's in the 1930s
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"Rathbone" dental unit, by the Dental Manufacturing Co., London, 1932

Developed in 1915 and used into the 1960s, the ‘Rathbone’ was one of the most popular dental units used in the United Kingdom. It combines a dental drill, lights, self-flushing spittoon and other dental equipment.

Made by the Dental Manufacturing Co. Ltd., this example was installed in a dental surgery in Hendon, London before being donated to the Science Museum’s collections. It is shown here in a display based on dental surgery from the 1930s.


Object Number:
bakelite, complete, porcelain and steel
dental unit
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • dental equipment
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle
Blaaberg, F.C.

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