Dental Plate


Patent model for Basil Manly Wilkerson, “Dental Plate,” U.S. Patent 207,699 (Sept. 3, 1878).

Wilkerson (1842-1910) was a native of Alabama who served in the Confederate Army. Moving to Maryland after the Civil War, he graduated from the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery and the College of Physicians and Surgeons in Baltimore and taught in both institutions. Among his several patents, the most notable were for a dental chair and a dental drill.

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Credit Line: Gift of Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: MG.291116.048Accession Number: 291116Patent Number: 207699Catalog Number: 291116.048

Object Name: denture, patent modeldental deviceOther Terms: Dentistry

Measurements: denture: 5/8 in x 1 3/8 in x 1 1/2 in; 1.5875 cm x 3.4925 cm x 3.81 cmpatent cards: 1/16 in x 3 in x 2 7/8 in; .15875 cm x 7.62 cm x 7.3025 cm


Record Id: nmah_729105

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