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We are always looking for help with the conservation of our collection

SS White dental instrument set

This elaborate dental instrument set was made by the dental manufacturer S S White in 1860.


Dental instrument set 


It was a popular set as it appeared in dental catalogues for over 10 years and was very expensive to



The set demonstrates the status of some dentists at this time and the instruments reflect the extensive range of treatments offered including scaling, extraction and gold foil fillings.


It also reflects a period when dentists were no longer travelling from place to place but were able to make a living from a permanent residence.


​It has been on display in the museum for many years and is in need of conservation work.


The material lining is in need of cleaning and repair and the lid to the box requires reattaching.


The mother of pearl and ivory handles would benefit from cleaning and the mirrors also.


The BDA Museum is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a grant for the conservation work (December 2015).


We still have a number of other objects that are in vital need of restoration work, if you would like to help, please consider making a donation to the Stanley Gelbier Conservation ​​​and Acquisition Fund.​