Artificial right leg, Scotland, 1914-1918

Made:
1914-1918 in Scotland

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Temporary wooden right below knee leg made for Erskine House (Scotland). Both socket and thigh corset are made of 3-ply wood. Side struts with simple knee joints. "Clapper" type foot and ankle. Made during 1914-18 war. (Weight: 5.25 lbs 2.3 kg).

Made from wood, this temporary prosthetic leg was for a person who had had their leg amputated below the knee. The foot and ankle joints are known as ‘Clapper’ joints, named after the noise made when the joints are flexed.

The leg was made for Erskine House in Scotland, one of the main centres in the United Kingdom to fit prosthetic limbs during and after the First World War. It opened in October 1916. Erskine House also made limbs to their own design and many veterans who were fitted with them complained that they were of a poorer quality than those available elsewhere.

Details

Category:
Orthopaedics
Object Number:
1999-421
Materials:
canvas, metal, rubber and wood
type:
artificial leg
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • prosthesis
  • artificial limb
credit:
Richmond Twickenham and Roehampton Healthcare NHS Trust