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hand turned dental drill set

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Dates
1845
1855
circa 1845-1855
Collection
Dr. Ralph and Mrs. Olga Crawford Canadian Dental Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Dental
Accession Number
010020519 a-r
Description
Hand turned dental drill set consists of a bur thimble (a) and 17 hand operated dental drills (b-r) with varying tips; (a) is made of brass and covered with gold paint and has a tear drop shaped finger ring with a rectangular pivoting handle to which the thimble is attached; handle has the maker's …
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Accession Number
010020519 a-r
Collection
Dr. Ralph and Mrs. Olga Crawford Canadian Dental Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Dental
MeSH Heading
Dentistry
Dental Equipment
Dental Restoration, Permanent
MM= Dentistry, Operative -- drill
Description
Hand turned dental drill set consists of a bur thimble (a) and 17 hand operated dental drills (b-r) with varying tips; (a) is made of brass and covered with gold paint and has a tear drop shaped finger ring with a rectangular pivoting handle to which the thimble is attached; handle has the maker's information stamped into the front; there is a small circle carved into the bottom of the thimble which fits the base of the drills; all drills are made of silver metal and have rounded bottoms and solid octagonal handles which taper towards the tip, except for (r) which has a round handle; (b-d) all have ridged ball shaped tips and have the company logo stamped into the handles; (b) has a size 12 tip; (c) has a size 8 tip; (d) has a size 7 tip; (e) has a ridged ball shaped tip; (f) has a small ridged flat tip; (g) has a larger ridged flat tip; (h) has a size 10 ball shaped tip; (i) has a small ridged flat tip; (j) has a ridged ball shaped tip; (k) has a ridged triangular shaped tip; (l) has a ridged umbrella shaped tip; (m) has a small ridged umbrella shaped tip; (n) has a small ridged flat tip; (o) has a ridged ball shaped tip; (p) has a small ridged flat tip; (q) has a twisted three pronged tip and (r) has a round handle and a ridged rectangular shaped tip.
Number Of Parts
18
Part Names
a - bur thimble - Size: Length 7.0 cm x Width 2.6 cm x Depth 1.2 cm
b - drill - Size: Length 15.3 cm x Width 0.5 cm x Depth 0.6 cm
c - drill - Size: Length 15.3 cm x Width 0.5 cm x Depth 0.6 cm
d - drill - Size: Length 15.2 cm x Width 0.5 cm x Depth 0.6 cm
e - drill - Size: Length 15.2 cm x Width 0.4 cm x Depth 0.4 cm
f - drill - Size: Length 15.2 cm x Width 0.4 cm x Depth 0.5 cm
g - drill - Size: Length 15.3 cm x Width 0.4 cm x Depth 0.5 cm
h - drill - Size: Length 15.1 cm x Width 0.4 cm x Depth 0.5 cm
i - drill - Size: Length 15.2 cm x Width 0.4 cm x Depth 0.4 cm
j - drill - Size: Length 15.0 cm x Width 0.4 cm x Depth 0.4 cm
k - drill - Size: Length 15.2 cm x Width 0.4 cm x Depth 0.5 cm
l - drill - Size: Length 14.8 cm x Width 0.5 cm x Depth 0.5 cm
m - drill - Size: Length 14.2 cm x Width 0.5 cm x Depth 0.6 cm
n - drill - Size: Length 14.3 cm x Width 0.5 cm x Depth 0.5 cm
o - drill - Size: Length 15.5 cm x Width 0.5 cm x Depth 0.5 cm
p - drill - Size: Length 14.3 cm x Width 0.6 cm x Depth 0.6 cm
q - drill - Size: Length 15.3 cm x Width 0.4 cm x Depth 0.5 cm
r - drill - Size: Length 15.1 cm x Width 0.5 cm x Depth 0.6 cm
Provenance
Transfer from the Dental Canada Fund; previously housed in the Dentistry Canada Museum (Ottawa)
Maker
b - The S.S. White Dental Mfg. Co.
c -The S.S. White Dental Mfg. Co.
d -The S.S. White Dental Mfg. Co.
e - J.D. Chevalier & Sons
f - J.D. Chevalier & Sons
g - J.D. Chevalier & Sons
h - F. Westphal
i - B.F. & Co.
j - E. Bagot
k -Codman & Shurtleff
r - M. Evans
Dates
1845
1855
circa 1845-1855
Date Remarks
Based on donor's remarks and research
Material
metal: silver, yellow
paint: yellow
Inscriptions
Stamped into handle of (a): "JOHNSON & LUND"; stamped into handle of (b): "[S.S. White Logo] 12"; stamped into handle of (c): "[S.S. White Logo] 8"; stamped into handle of (d): "[S.S. White Logo] 7"; stamped into handle of (e): "J.D. CHEVALIER & SONS"; stamped into handle of (f): "J.D. CHEVALIER & SONS"; stamped into handle of (g): "J.D. CHEVALIER & SONS"; stamped into handle of (h): "F. WESTPHAL 10"; stamped into handle of (i): "B.F. & Co. *"; stamped into handle of (j): "E. BAGOT"; stamped into handle of (k): "CODMAN & SHURTLEFF"; stamped into handle of (r): "M. EVANS"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-B
Condition Remarks
All pieces show signs of use and wear marks; gold paint has worn off in patches on (a); (b-r) all show signs of use such as patina; there are also scratches on each piece
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Internet
JPG
Reference Comments
"British Dental Association Museum" website; CD #4
Research Facts
Dr Ralph and Mrs Olga Crawford donated their extensive Canadian dental collection to the DCF to create the museum in 1997; further donations were received while Dr Crawford was Curator Emeritus at the Dental Canada Museum until its closure in 2008; in 1846 American dentist Amos Westcott introduced the finger ring with drill socket; socket ring was used with long handled drills that were rotated by the index finger and thumb; the ring slipped over the index finger and the drill was wedged into the thimble.
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