New Model Wilkerson Dental Chair, 1899

Summary

Dental patients have only had the opportunity to recline during visits since dental chairs emerged in the 1890s. This S.S. White New Model Wilkerson Chair was the first to allow a patient to lie in a horizontal position. It had a head rest, spittoon, and a foot pedal so the dentist could raise or lower the chair.

Dental patients have only had the opportunity to recline during visits since dental chairs emerged in the 1890s. This S.S. White New Model Wilkerson Chair was the first to allow a patient to lie in a horizontal position. It had a head rest, spittoon, and a foot pedal so the dentist could raise or lower the chair.

Artifact

Dentist's chair

Date Made

1899

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

56.37.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of John E. Roche.

Material

Cast iron
Oilcloth
Upholstery
Wood (Plant material)
Linoleum
Glass (Material)

Color

Black (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 40.5 in

Width: 46 in

Length: 59 in

Inscriptions

triangular plaque at rear of chair, below seat: USA / PATENTS / OCT 4 '93 / 2. MAY 15 '94 APR 27 '97 / 2. JAN 30 '00 DEC 4 '00 / THE SS WHITE DENTAL MFG CO. / SSW (script monogram) / GERMANY / D.R.G.M / 125095. & / 125097. / ENGLAND / APR. 27 '97 / OCT 9 '99 Triangular plaque on front of chair, below seat: SSW (monogram) printed on a paper label on underside of leg rest: NEW MODEL WILKERSON CHAIR .... (explanation of placement of serial numbers for ordering parts) ... THE S.S. DENTAL MFG. CO.

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