Artificial right arm, United Kingdom, 1914-1918

1914-1918 in United Kingdom
Prosthesia Limited

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Right above elbow prosthesis with leather adjustable socket with four straps and buckles. Connected by jointed side steels to a leather forearm. Shoulder saddle, figure of 8-type harness. A Cauet hand is fixed to the wrist and a wire, passing through the forearm, extends the fingers when pulled upon by means of an attachment to the harness appendage. Made by Prosthesia c.1915.

Each of 41,000 British soldiers who lost a limb during the First World War was entitled to a prosthetic replacement. This arm was made for a man who had his arm amputated above the elbow. When a wire passing through the forearm is pulled, the fingers of the hand extend. The arm and the hand were designs by a prosthetic manufacturer called Prosthesia Ltd. The arm is secured to the shoulder by four straps and a figure-of-eight harness.


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leather and metal
artificial arm
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • prosthesis
  • artificial limb
Richmond Twickenham and Roehampton Healthcare NHS Trust

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