Dental Drill


George F. Green (1832-1892), a resident of Kalamazoo, Mich., invented the first pneumatic dental drill operated by means of compressed air. This example has an “E. R. E. Carpenter / Sole Agent / Chicago, Ill. / Pat. Apr. 28, 1868 / No. 205” inscription. E. R. E. Carpenter (1832-1891) was a dentist in Chicago.

Ref: George F. Green, “Pneumatic Tooth Burr and Drill,” U.S. Patent 77,370 (April 28, 1868).

Location: Currently not on view

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Credit Line: Gift of University of Pennsylvania School of Dentistry

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: MG.M-08479Catalog Number: M-08479Accession Number: 218383Patent Number: 205

Object Name: Drill, Pneumatic, Green'sdrill, pneumatic, patent modeldental instrumentOther Terms: Drill, Pneumatic, Green's; Dentistry

Measurements: overall: 3 1/8 in x 2 3/8 in x 7 1/2 in; 7.9375 cm x 6.0325 cm x 19.05 cm


Record Id: nmah_725406

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