Chair, Dentist's

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A fully adjustable dentist's chair mounted on a heavy hydraulic base. The chair features a two pronged padded headrest mounted on an adjustable metal support. It has a heavy metal frame which has been painted a very dark red with wooden armrests and a padded seat. The footrest is covered in green vinyl and also has a smaller child's footrest that can be folded out. The chair has various adjustment levers. The largest one is designed to be foot operated and can be used to raise the chair.
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This chair was first used by New Plymouth dentist Cliff Johnson who had a practice in the Devon Buildings on the corner of Liardet and Devon Streets. It is thought the chair was purchased in 1926. When Mr Johnson purchased a newer model chair some years later this chair was given to Mick Pillette, a dental technician who operated out of the same building. The chair was used to treat patients until Mr Pillette retired in 2005. Mr Pillette estimated thousands of people would have been treated in it over this time.
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