Leg prosthesis for a young child, United States, 1950

Made:
1950 in United States
maker:
Hanger Orthopaedic Group, Inc

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Platform extension prosthesis for a young child with a short right leg and unstable hip. Blocked leather ischial tuber-bearing corset with adjustable side steels (to allow for lengthening as child grows), connected to wooden shin and shaped platform which supports a lace-up bootee socket. Wooden foot with rigid ankle and felt foot. Made by Hanger in 1950. (Weight: 2 lbs 0.9 kg)

Made of wood, leather and steel this artificial leg was made for a young child with a short right leg and unstable hip. The child’s leg was placed inside a leather lace-up corset. This connected to a wooden shin, rigid ankle and felt foot. Adjustable side steels allowed for lengthening as the child grew. It was made by American company Hanger in 1950. It was donated by Roehampton Healthcare NHS Trust. Several manufacturers set up workshops at Queen Mary’s Hospital in Roehampton, which was the main centre for limb-fitting during both World Wars.

Details

Category:
Orthopaedics
Object Number:
1999-498
Materials:
leather, metal, plastic and textile
type:
artificial leg
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • prosthesis
  • artificial limb
credit:
Richmond Twickenham and Roehampton Healthcare NHS Trust