Adjustable dental chair, England, 1701-1800.
- Science Museum, London
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This early adjustable dental chair has upholstered seating. 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.