Artificial right leg, England, 1894

Made:
1894 in England
maker:
Unknown
Timeline of artificial above knee prostheses. From left to right: 1. 1894 2. c.1915 3. c.1930 4. 1978-1981 5. c.2012

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Timeline of artificial above knee prostheses. From left to right: 1. 1894 2. c.1915 3. c.1930 4. 1978-1981 5. c.2012
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Wooden right above knee prosthesis made for a 16 year old Boy Soldier in 1894. It was worn continuously by him until he was (very reluctantly) supplied with a new one in 1972. This he wore until his death in 1977 at the age of 99. Supplied by the Army.

Wooden right above-knee artficial leg, made for a 16 year old boy soldier in 1894. As a military amputee he would have been entitled to a free prosthesis. It was worn continuously by him until he was very reluctantly supplied with a new one in 1972. This he wore until his death in 1977 at the age of 99.

Details

Category:
Orthopaedics
Object Number:
1999-469
Materials:
canvas, iron, leather, rubber and wood
type:
artificial leg
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • prosthesis
  • artificial limb
credit:
Richmond Twickenham and Roehampton Healthcare NHS Trust