Upper denture with 14 porcelain teeth. This is the patent model for John A. Cummings, “Artificial Gums and Plate,” U.S. Patent 43,009 (June 7, 1864). Cummings was a dentist in Boston who struggled for years to produce an practical and affordable dental plate of vulcanite (or hard rubber).

Date Made: 1864Associated Dates: 1864 06 07 / 1864 06 07

Location: Currently not on view

Associated Place: United States

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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.291116.015Accession Number: 291116Patent Number: 43,009Catalog Number: 291116.015

Object Name: Denture, Golddenturedenturesdental deviceOther Terms: Denture, Gold; Dentistry

Physical Description: vulcanite (overall material)metal, gold (overall material)metal, copper (overall material)porcelain (overall material)Measurements: overall: 7/8 in x 2 1/4 in x 2 1/8 in; 2.2225 cm x 5.715 cm x 5.3975 cm


Record Id: nmah_733009

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