School Dental Clinic Machine

Maker and role
A.C.Stevenson & Co.Ltd., Manufacturer

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School Dental Clinic Machine, complete with drawers, basin, foot control unit, and lamp. The unit is painted a cream/off-white colour.

The base unit is cylindrical tapering slightly towards the top. The top of the unit has a metal spout over a small metal sink. Metal panel can be removed from back of base unit to access internal electronics and plumbing.

Attached to the left of the unit via a metal arm is a circular white glass basin/spittoon with metal drainage grating. Two metal spouts/taps feed in to the glass basin.
Between the base unit and the white basin is a movable, extending lamp branded "PLANET".

Extending from the top of the unit is the main drill/machine arm with several joints to allow for appropriate extension and positioning. The motor unit is connected to the end attaching point via a drive belt/cord passing through several pulleys.

Attached to the right of the unit via a metal arm is a wooden cabinet with white glass tray on top. The cabinet has one large drawer on one side and two smaller drawers on the opposite side. There are stickers on the other sides of the cabinet featuring dental health messaging and Paddington Bear. A spare engine belt is contained in the large drawer.

A foot control floor unit is attached to the base via a black electrical cable. The floor unit is cylindrical in shape with two side pedals and has a chromed finish.
Brief History
School dental clinic machine, manufactured by A.C.Stevenson & Co in Petone. These machines were used in New Zealand school dental clinics from the 1950s.

Stevenson's manufactured dental equipment to fill Government orders, supplying school dental clinics, dental nurse training schools and the Otago Dental School until the late 1950s. Their earlier models were very basic, a spittoon only model which was used with a treadle drill. Later models featured drills driven by electric belt-engines. From the 1960s the Government moved away from Stevensons as a supplier to the School Dental Service, purchasing more modern German machines instead, of which MOTAT has an example (2015.93.1).
Stevenson Maker's Mark
MANUFACTURED BY / A. C. STEVENSON & CO. LTD. / PETONE / 230/240 VOLTS / 500 WATTS / 50 CYCLES / MODEL B 5 / SER. NO. 1058 Maker's Plate
MANUFACTURED SOLELY FOR / A.C. STEVENSON & CO. / LTD. / 120 CUBA STREET / PETONE / 3365 No. / 230~ Volts / 50 Cycles / 68A Model Maker's Plate
PLANET / APPROVED BY S.B.C. Q. / REF. NO. 28/FW/01 Embossed
<<PD>> / ENGINE BELT / Corde de transmission / PRODUITS DENTAIRES S. A. VEVEY SUISSE Printed
Credit Line
A.C.Stevenson & Co.Ltd.. School Dental Clinic Machine, 2021.57. The Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT).


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