Harvard Dental School Museum Collection

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Harvard Dental School Museum Collection


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Recipes of Bodies for Artificial Teeth
Dr. William Parker Cooke (HDS 1881) compiled these various recipes for the composition of artificial teeth from notable dental practitioners, including Thomas H. Chandler, Daniel Harwood, and Samuel F. Harris.

Letter from C. O. Cone to B. Palmer
The Dental Museum acquired and displayed manuscript and archival items, books, and photographs related to the history of the school and the profession of Dentistry. The letter from Dr. C. O. Cone, demonstrator of mechanical Dentistry at the…

This instrument was part of an ornamental set of scalers, mirrors, and a turnkey belonging to Thomas B. Hitchcock, former Dean of the Dental School.

Casts of the Superior and Inferior Maxillae of George Parkman
These are the most historically significant specimens in the Dental Museum's collection

Charriere Pocket Surgical Instrument Case
This complete portable surgical kit was used during the Civil War.

Collection of Sturgeons' Teeth
In addition to its human specimens, the Dental Museum had a rich collection of skulls, jaws, and teeth from animals and fish to illustrate principles of comparative odontology.

Instruments of Daniel Harwood
These ivory-handled instruments (an excavator, scaler, chisel, and three mirrors) were used by Boston dentist Daniel Harwood (1801-1881). Soon after the formation of the Harvard Dental School in 1867, Harwood was appointed to the professorship of…
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