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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