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Adjustable dentist's chair, Europe, 1831-1870

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This early adjustable dental chair has plush upholstered seating with elaborate wooden carvings – the arms take the form of two eagle heads. As a specialised piece of furniture it is representative of the emergence of the dentist as a separate profession. The quality of the chair also suggests that there was a wealthy clientele ready and willing to pay for dental services. The first reclining chair was invented in 1832 by James Snell, a London dentist who was also a member of the Royal College of Surgeons. maker: Unknown maker Place made: Europe

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