Pedal-operated dental drill used for dental treatment of patients at Lakeside Mental Hospital Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, circa 1910. Manufactured by White, S.S., Dental Manufacturing Co.

Physical Description

fitted with scaler. It fits inside a slit-sided tube held tightly by a small, double-ended belt which in its turn fits into another shaft with slit-sided end and is decoratively texture and waisted. This whole section rotates to turn drill. It fits inside a still wider shaft, at the end of which are 3 cog-wheels. Inner shaft emerges just above biggest cog, but doesn't connect. Bottom of outer shaft forms hollow square with short ornately-shaped column on one side and vertically rotating lever shaped like a tiny spanner on the other.


Example of dental equipment used in Victorian mental health hospitals

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