Approximately two dozen items, most from the early 20th century and ranging from large oak cabinets to trays of porcelain teeth, will be for sale at auction Saturday.
"This will appeal to several groups: designers or arts-and-crafts people who want the cabinets," she said. "Or dentists who want to display things in their office as conversation pieces. Or people (who are) into oddities -- strange implements, tools and teeth."
Among the more bizarre and frightening articles:
A Ritter X-ray machine: It promised a "shock-proof" experience.
Trubyte prosthetics: These porcelain teeth, created in 1899, had platinum pins. They were also known as "20th Century Teeth."
Mechanical bank: Titled "The Dentist," it shows a patient tipping over backward to escape treatment.
Bygone furniture: Early model chairs and glass cuspidors.
"Due to space restrictions, we have reduced our collection," she said. "We have saved quite a few items, some pieces went to local museums and some pieces were put in storage."
And a few found their way across the Bay to
"This doesn't come up very often," Mills said, "and, especially, in this number. It is going to sell."
Dechant called Pacific's new campus "amazing." UOP's main site is in central
She said the south-of-
The Rockridge-neighborhood auction house was founded in 1948 by
Some of the UOP collection up for sale is considered rare. And some of it is creepy.
Her take on the Pacific dental artifacts: "It reminds us of why dental phobia came to exist in the first place."
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