Adjustable dental chair, mid 19th century
This early adjustable dental chair has plush upholstered seating with elaborate wooden carvings – the arms take the form of two eagle heads. 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.
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- dentist's chair
- furnishing and equipment
- tools & equipment
- dental equipment
- Segerem, W.
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