Dental Mallet


William G. Arlington Bonwill (1833-1899) was a dentist and dental inventor who practiced in Dover, Del., and then in Philadelphia. He introduced the magnetic mallet for dental purposes and obtained a patent for an electromagnetic dental mallet on 21 July 1873. A tag attached to this example reads "No. 4. Electro-Magnetic mallet. First Automatic Brake. 1872." A label pasted to mallet reads "First Automatic Brake Without Clock-work."

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-08746Catalog Number: M-08746Accession Number: 218383

Object Name: Mallet, Electro-MagneticOther Terms: Mallet, Electro-Magnetic; Dentistry

Measurements: overall: 2 in x 7 in x 2 1/2 in; 5.08 cm x 17.78 cm x 6.35 cm


Record Id: nmah_725500

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