Artificial right leg, Roehampton, England, 1934

Made:
1934 in Roehampton
maker:
Hanger Orthopaedic Group, Inc
Artificial right leg, Roehampton, England, 1934

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Artificial right leg, Roehampton, England, 1934
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Metal right above knee prosthesis, evidence of attempts to repair the socket. Made by Hanger in 1934.

The artificial leg was made for someone who had their knee amputated above the knee. The original owner has made extensive home repairs. Artificial limbs are very personal items and the repairs show the lengths some people will go to keep a limb they feel comfortable with. String, nails, wires and gaffer tape have all been used.

The flesh coloured leg was made by Hanger, an American prostheses company established in 1861. They were one of a number of American companies who during the First World War set up workshops at Queen Mary’s Hospital in Roehampton, the main centre for limb-fitting in Britain; the existing British limb-making industry was unable to cater for the large number of soldier amputees.

Details

Category:
Orthopaedics
Object Number:
1999-483
Materials:
leather, textile and wood
Measurements:
overall (fully extended): 852 mm x 410 mm x 230 mm,
type:
artificial leg
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • prosthesis
  • artificial limb
credit:
Richmond Twickenham and Roehampton Healthcare NHS Trust