Dental Chair

Dental Chair

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This chair is part of an accession of artifacts which came from the office of Dr. C. Edmund Kells (1856-1928), who pioneered dental radiography. The means by which the chair moves up and down is hydraulic, and it has a cane seat and back rest. It dates to about 1890. Dr. Kells early experiments with dental x-ray and its contribution to diagnosis led to more than 200 publications on the subject of dentistry.
Object Name
chair, dental
dental chair
Other Terms
chair, dental; Dentistry
Harvard Co.
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
ceramic (overall material)
overall: 56 in x 24 in x 39 in; 142.24 cm x 60.96 cm x 99.06 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. J. O. Pierson
Dr. C. Edmund Kells Collection
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Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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I have this same chair. Harvard Dental chair. Yours is missing the chrome plated tube at the end of the foot support. Was originally made with sheet metal wrapped over a wooden dowel.The chair I have was built to last as the hydraulic pump still works just fine 125 years later. Has the original japanning on the inside mid and upper sections of the support column. Also the arms were originally white porcelain baked on a cast iron arm form with a wooden insert to receive the screw from the arm base. (Or that was an option when originally purchased, perhaps ) Also you are missing a small foot rest that folds over the Chrome foot rest, and can pivot forward and backward.

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