Library displays Civil War dental kit

The Rosenberg Library Museum is displaying a rare dental surgeon’s field kit from the Civil War as the February Treasure of the Month.

This unusually large kit was manufactured by John D. Chevalier, the first dental supply house in the United States, established in New York in 1833.

The kit is believed to originally have belonged to a Confederate soldier trained as a dentist and features more than 50 instruments, including forceps, dental elevators and picks, in a hand-fabricated rosewood box.

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