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Dental Drill - Pedal Operated, circa 1910 Object Reg. No: SH 850030

Pedal-operated dental drill, circa 1910. Used for dental treatment of patients at Ballarat Hospital for the Insane, Victoria, Australia.
Pedal dental engine has drill on end of 98cm elbowed arm, connected to tall thin, vertical pole, lower part of which supports 30cm diam. vertical flywheel, operated by foot pedal. Pedal has 2 round rubber foot grips and is slim with elegant cut-out design. Piston connects to axle of wheel (which has curved, petal-shaped spokes. Fly-belt leads from wheel to 2 small cogwheels at top of pole, then to 2 more at elbow of arm. Arm jointed at elbow and at join to pole, which consists of 3 pipes fitting into each other and held by screws to allow height adjustment. Base is Y-shaped (with curved top). Machine is black-plated to just above flywheel, then nickle(?) plated.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Lakeside Mental Hospital
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 150.00 cm (Height), 48.00 cm (Width), 67.00 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: dentistry, mental health, mental health institutions, psychiatric hospitals, making history - psych services
Themes this item is part of: Psychiatric Services Collection, Medicine in Society Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Dental hygiene in Victorian Mental Health Institutions
Primary Classification: MEDICINE & HEALTH
Secondary Classification: Mental Health - Dentistry
Tertiary Classification: surgical equipment
Place & Date Used: Ballarat Mental Hospital, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, circa 1910
References: Card with drill. Bennion, Eliz. Ant. med. Instruments Sotheby Parke Bernet.London.1972. Maw, S.Son & Sons Cat. ofSurg.Instr & App. London 1905

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