On Thursday, December 8, the museum will close at 3:30 p.m. due to a special event; Spark!Lab and Wonderplace will close at 3 p.m.

Dental Plate

Dental Plate

<< >>
Usage conditions apply
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.
Currently not on view
Object Name
denture, patent model
dental device
Other Terms
denture: 5/8 in x 1 3/8 in x 1 1/2 in; 1.5875 cm x 3.4925 cm x 3.81 cm
patent cards: 1/16 in x 3 in x 2 7/8 in;.15875 cm x 7.62 cm x 7.3025 cm
ID Number
accession number
patent number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery
See more items in
Medicine and Science: Medicine
Data Source
National Museum of American History
Nominate this object for photography.   

Our collection database is a work in progress. We may update this record based on further research and review. Learn more about our approach to sharing our collection online.

If you would like to know how you can use content on this page, see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use. If you need to request an image for publication or other use, please visit Rights and Reproductions.

Note: Comment submission is temporarily unavailable while we make improvements to the site. We apologize for the interruption. If you have a question relating to the museum's collections, please first check our Collections FAQ. If you require a personal response, please use our Contact page.