Dentist Instrument Cabinet: drawer with slotted inserts
Early 20th century, about 1920’s, Dentist’s instrument cabinet. 180 cm high x 73.5 cm wide x 36 cm deep comprising four tiers / levels. The bottom tier an open to the front and sides shelf with panelled solid back, raised on bracket feet with steel wheel castors. The second tier supported to the front on turned from the square baluster pillars comprising of two deep drawers to the left and a panelled door over an open space to the right. To the left of the third tier are eight drawers. The top deeper drawer is fitted with a keyed lock that, when all the eight drawers are fully seated and the top drawer is pushed in fully and locked via the key lock, a locking bar to the rear is rotated, engaging wooden hooks to the rear locking seven of the eight drawers. The top drawer and the first two shallower ones containing loose, ribbed and slotted trays probably to hold picks, tweezers or other similar dental tools. The top drawers still containing a number of vintage dental drills / burrs. The third shallower drawer was obviously previously used to mix pastes and this drawer is set up to not be included in the locking mechanism. The fourth shallow drawer has no fittings nor do the lower three deeper drawers. To the right of the third tier is a cupboard with a panelled door over a space with a further door behind. There is evidence of something like an index / slots for notes having been removed from the front of the inner door at some time in the past. The fourth and top tier has a single open shelf with panelled solid back set well back to the left, flanked to the right by slightly taller cupboard with a bevelled edge mirror to the door.
To the top inside of this mirrored door is an etched and gilded, metal label stating:
J. A Woods
An old handwritten paper label found inside correctly states this cabinet is made from Banksia Serrata, a species of Banksia locally known also as Red Honeysuckle. It displays typical, rather subtle, but stunning grain and colour, making one wonder, as this is not a commonly used timber for furniture, if this cabinet has been made specifically for a dentist from his favourite tree?