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This seems to be an example of the “All metal, dental syringe, improved” offered by Parke, Davis & Co. The “PRINZ” inscription on the barrel refers to Hermann Prinz (1868-1957), a prominent dentist from Germany who moved to the United States in 1896, taught in St. Louis and then in Philadelphia, and promoted the use of Novocaine.
Ref: Parke, Davis & Co., A Dental Manual of Therapeutics and Materia Medica (Detroit, 1905), p. 59.
Hermann Prinz, Dental Materia Medica and Therapeutics (St. Louis, 1909), p. 469.
“Dr. Hermann Prinze, Scientist, Educator,” New York Times (Nov. 26, 1957), p. 33.
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Object Name
Other Terms
Syringe; Hypodermic
Parke, Davis and Company
Physical Description
metal, steel (needle, abscess material)
metal, steel (barrel, fenestrated material)
metal, steel (handle, finger rest material)
metal, steel (tip, screw material)
overall: 4 5/8 in x 2 1/2 in x 5/8 in; 11.7475 cm x 6.35 cm x 1.5875 cm
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Credit Line
Gift of Dr. James E. Aiguier
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National Museum of American History
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