Left prosthetic leg, Cyprus, 1914-1918

Made:
1914-1918 in Cyprus

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Left metal below knee prosthesis with leather thigh corset made for a Cypriot truck driver during 1914-18 War. Made in Cyprus.

During the First World War, amputations and loss of limbs did not necessarily mean an end to active service. This prosthetic leg was made for a wartime truck driver from Cyprus who lost his left leg below the knee. Made from metal, the foot has a leather shoe and a sock pulled up to the ankle joint. The metal has been drilled with holes to provide a flow of air around the limb stump, but also to reduce the weight of the leg. The leather corset at the top would have been used to secure the leg around the thigh.

Details

Category:
Orthopaedics
Object Number:
1999-478
Materials:
leather, metal and textile
type:
artificial leg
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • prosthesis
  • artificial limb
credit:
Richmond Twickenham and Roehampton Healthcare NHS Trust