Shipley-type plate, England, 1915-1920

Made:
1915-1920 in England
maker:
Booths
Left hand side, A602812, Shipley plate for one-armed men, supplied by T. Goode and Co., made by Booth, English,

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Left hand side, A602812, Shipley plate for one-armed men, supplied by T. Goode and Co., made by Booth, English,
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Shipley plate for one-armed men, supplied by T. Goode and Co., made by Booth, English, 1915-1920

Eating a meal using only one hand is difficult. This plate was invented by Arthur Everest Shipley (1861-1927) sometime between 1915 and 1920. It is designed to help the many men who had lost an arm during the First World War to eat without assistance from others.

Not dissimilar to a standard plate, Shipley’s design has short, vertical sides to provide a surface to push against and to help an amputee in getting food on to his fork or spoon. It is shown here with a similar example (A602812).

Details

Category:
Orthopaedics
Object Number:
A602813
type:
plate
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle
  • dish - vessel
credit:
Hutchinson, A.