Wilcox-Jewett Obtunder


Metal syringe in a wooden box. A label in the box reads in part “The Wilcox-Jewett OBTUNDER” and “DESENSITIZES TEETH BY ‘PRESSURE ANASTHESIA’ FOR THE PAINLESS EXCAVATION OF CAVITIES, GRINDING TEETH FOR CROWNING AND THE IMMEDIATE EXTIRPATION OF THE PULP” and “Sole Agents / LEE S. SMITH & SON / PITTSBURGH, PA. U.S.A.” This obtunder (the word means “that which blunts”) was designed to inject cocaine into the gums of dental patients.

Ref: Amos A. Wilcox and Marcellus Jewett, “Dental Instrument,” U.S. Patent 780,146 (Jan. 17, 1905).

Amos A. Wilcox and Marcellus Jewett, “Dental Instrument,” U.S. Patent 780,147 (Jan. 17, 1905).

Maker: Lee S. Smith & Son Co.

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh

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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: MG.291116.691Accession Number: 291116Catalog Number: 291116.691

Object Name: syringe, dental

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca783c4-6e36-7e84-e053-15f76fa05eb7

Record Id: nmah_1868742

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