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This device consists of a cylindrical furnace and a horizontal gas burner; the original base has been lost. The furnace is marked “No. 41” had has a metallic tag reading “BUFFALO DENTAL / MANUFACTURING CO. / BUFFALO, N.Y.” The base of the burner is marked, in raised letters, “BUFFALO DENTAL MFG. CO. BUFFALO N.Y.” Thomas Fletcher (1840-1903)—an English dentist, inventor, and pioneer of the gas engineering industry—designed the form.
Ref: Buffalo Dental Manufacturing Co., Catalogue and Price List of Dentists’ Supplies (Buffalo, 1901), pp. 509 and 521.
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Object Name
Buffalo Dental Manufacturing Company
place made
United States: New York, Buffalo
Associated Place
United States: New Jersey
furnace: 5 1/2 in x 6 1/4 in; 13.97 cm x 15.875 cm
burner: 4 in x 11 1/2 in; 10.16 cm x 29.21 cm
overall; furnace: 5 1/2 in x 6 1/4 in; 13.97 cm x 15.875 cm
overall; burner: 4 1/8 in x 11 3/8 in x 3 7/8 in; 10.4775 cm x 28.8925 cm x 9.8425 cm
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Gift of Department of Chemistry, Catholic University of America
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National Museum of American History
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