The Compound Extractor
The 17th-century compound extractor had features of the forceps, pelican and elevator all in one, creating a multifunctional device and eliminating the need to transport all three instruments individually.
Mayflower Extractor IllustratorCirca 1620, the Mayflower surgeon’s case is thought to have included a compound extracting instrument illustrated here.
Public Domain: Dental Cosmos 1891
Compound Extractor ReplicaThis instrument (A56.1) from the Ward Museum collection may be a replica of the one used by the Mayflower surgeon.
University of the Pacific Permanent Collection, Donor: Maurice J. Owens, DDS
1700s ExtractorColonial dentists used similar extractors in the 1700s.
Unknown photographer, Plate 162, Ring, M.E. 1992. Dentistry, An Illustrated History, New York: Abrams Publishers