0.75 x 5 x 0.5." Dentistry. Operative: Plugger"."Plugger with silver tip, gold band and mother of pearl handle. The instrument was used to pack filling material into a tooth cavity. Dr. Flagg was the first full-time American dentist. For years it had been thought that this tool had been made by Paul Revere for his student Dr. Josiah Flagg, but there is no evidence to support this claim made by the item's original donor.
Belonged to collection owned by Dr. Neil Macaulay a dentist in Columbia, SC and given to MUSC from his estate in 1976. The artifact was originally a gift of the late Mrs. G.V. Gummere of Philadelphia, a granddaughter of Dr. Flagg. Additional instruments believed to be from the same dental set are on display at the Weaver Museum at Temple University.