Pair of 'swivel-walkers' designed for a child born with no lower limbs, United Kingdom, 1966
Pair of "swivel-walkers" designed for another child, born with complete absence of lower limbs (amelia). Designed at the Ontario Crippled Childrens Centre - Canada and modified in U.K. Made by Fletcher/Hanger 1966.
Openshaw-type artifcial hand, Birmingham, England, 1916-1918
"Openshaw" carrying hand with broad leather wrist gauntlet. Spring thumb with catgut thong and small ring, for opening by pull-cord. Made by Anderson & Whitelaw, c.1914-18 war.
Richard Grindall's combined knife and fork, Europe, 1795-1820
Admiral Grindall's knife and fork
'Old Age' statue, Staffordshire, England, 1801-1830
Pottery statue, entitled "Old Age" depicting a man on crutches, Staffordshire, 1800-1830.
Artificial left arm, Europe, 1925-1935
Left below elbow arm, leather socket, suspended by means of a narrow leather upper-arm band. Oval wrist with screw-on wooden hand, articulated fingers and tenon thumb. Palm-box fitting in which a fork has been positioned. It is presumed the wearer had limited elbow movement hence the unusual position of the fork. Date & origin unknown, probably 1930's but repaired more recently by Steepers.
'Invacar' invalid carriage, England, 1950-1959
"Invacar", model 42 invalid carriage, registration number XPU 614, United Kingdom, c1953.
Hobbs-type artificial left hand, Europe, 1918
Hobbs, left mechanical hand. Linked index and middle fingers articulated at middle joint. Other fingers and the opposed thumb are rigid. Round wrist. Bowden-type cable routed centrally through wrist. Patent specimen 1918.
Artificial left arm, Europe, 1850-1910
Artificial arm, steel with brass wrist mountings, leather top piece, European, 1840-1940.
Ward's improved recumbent chair, London, 1880-1900
Ward's improved recumbent chair, by John Ward, 246 Tottenham Court Road, London, England, 1880-1900.
Wooden 'Anglesey' artificial right leg, England, 1915-1925
Wooden "Anglesey" prosthesis for right above knee amputee. Broad leather waist belt with two straps and buckle fastening and mortice and tenon ankle joint. Smooth grey leather foot covering. Made by Grossmith, England, c.1920. Weight: 7 lbs, 3.1 kg.
Child's spinal support, Europe, 1771-1800
Child's spinal support, iron, perhaps French, late 18th century
Shadow Mono-ski sports wheelchair, England, 1993-1995
'Shadow Mono-ski' sports wheelchair with accompanying hand held guide skis, for alpine events, manufactured by Quickie for Sunrise Medical Ltd, England 1993-1995
Prosthetic arm, London, 1903-1913
Arm made for a 16 year old girl with a congenital right below elbow amputation, (transverse terminal hemimelia). Because of limited elbow flexion a free-swinging leather cup socket was fitted. The forearm is connected to a lace-up arm corset by side steels thus providing the wearer with full flexion. There is an oval wrist and the rotary face has a 'key-fitting' for a wooden hand with articulated fingers and tenon thumb. In the palm there is a box-fitting to hold eating utensils and other devices. A small plain carrying-hook is in situ. Suspension is by means of a leather shoulder saddle and single strap designed to pass under the opposite axilla. Made by C.A. Hoefftoke, London c.1908.
Walking stick made from narwhal tusk with carved i
Walking stick made from narwhal tusk with carved ivory pommel, once owned by Charles Darwin, probably English, 1839-1881
Invalid carriage, London, England, 1946-1955
Invalid carriage, electric model 44, by Carters (J. & A.) Ltd., registration number KDD 78, c. 1950, Great Portland Street, London, England
All wood above knee prosthesis standard foot and a
All wood above knee prosthesis standard foot and ankle, toe joint. This limb was made for a lady about 1930 but it was never worn.
Iron artificial arm, Europe, 1560-1600
Articulated artificial left hand and forearm, iron, (previously thought to be owned by Gotz von Berlichingen), possibly German, 1560-1600
Artificial arm, Roehampton, England, 1964
Pair of CO2 powered upper limb prostheses for a 12 year old boy who lost both arms, above the elbow, at 8 years of age. Leather sockets with valves mounted for stump control, to activate powered wrist rotation units. Body-powered split-hooks by means of Bowden cables, routed to outer side of each arm. Compound pulley device for elbow lock control. 31 gramme CO2 gas cylinder in leather holster, carried on trouser belt. Made by Steeper 1964.
'P & K' artificial left arm, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 1920-1925
Above elbow prosthesis with a leather socket, fibre forearm, heavy metal wrist unit with long lever to operate the flexion and extension of the fingers, by P and K Artificial Limb Co., Belfast, Northern Ireland, 1920-1925. Pringle & Kirk prostheses were made in the North of England for agricultural workers.
The mechanical substitute for the arms, United Kingdom, 1919
A mechanical substitute for the arms, 1919.
'Turbo' Mark VI powered wheelchair, England, 1986-1989
'Turbo' (Mark VI) powered wheelchair for use by children as young as two and incorporating a number of features to allow the development of independent mobility, manufactured by Everaids, England, c.1986-89.
Artificial nose, Europe, 1601-1800
Plated metal artificial nose, 17th-18th century.
Folding Wheelchair, Bath, England,1925-1935
Folding Wheelchair, "Senior" model, used for over fifty years as an outdoor mobility aid by an individual partially paralysed by Poliomyelitis, manufactured by R.A. Harding, Bath, England, 1925-1935
'Carstairs' lightweight wheelchair, London, England, 1910-1920
'Carstairs' lightweight wheelchair designed to allow the attendant manoeuvrabity in confined spaces, including up and down stairs, manufactured by Carters (J & A) Ltd, London, England, c.1910-20. To be noted that this chair has undergone a degree of restoration.
Right arm, with a doll's hand, for a young child w
Right arm, with a doll's hand, for a young child with a congenital below elbow deficiency. The prosthesis has a leather extended 'cup' socket contained within a plastic forearm. There is a friction wrist rotary. The 'press-bar' on the wrist releases the hand to allow a split-hook to be substituted. A 'cushlon' and velcro harness appendage is used for retaining the prosthesis and for 'split-hook' operation. Made by Steeper c. 1962.
Artificial arms, Roehampton, England, 1957-1967
Pair of light-weight arms for a young child with congenital bilateral above elbow stumps. Plastic sockets with friction elbow units, allowing rotation and elbow flexion. These movements may be freed or locked by loosening or tightening the side screw. A pair of dolls hands have been attached. Made by Steeper c.1962.
Lord Byron’s orthopaedic boot, England, 1781-1810
Child's orthopaedic boot, reputedly belonging to Lord Byron, 1781-1810
Child’s spinal carriage, United Kingdom, 1890-1920
Child's spinal carriage, from infant clinic, Bradford, English, 1890-1920.
Combined knife and fork, Europe, 1914-1918
Combined knife and fork for one-armed man, silver-plate, Nelson pattern, from Royal United Service Institution, World War 1
Bath chair, United Kingdom, 1901-1920
Wickerwork bath chair, with metal frame, English, early 20th century
'Model 8' folding wheelchair, England, 1953-1963
Folding wheelchair, model 8 with canvas upholstery, by Dingwall, English, c. 1958
Wheelchair, Paris, France, 1890-1940
Wheelchair, by Eugene Vincent, 141 Boulevard Saint-Germain (shop) and 20/26 rue de Montsouris (factory), Paris, France, 1890-1940.
'Sitting socket' mounted on a toy dog, Roehampton, England, 1966
"Sitting socket" made of durestos and mounted on a toy dog. Designed for a child from 6 - 12 months of age, born with extremely short lower limbs (phocomelia). Can also be supplied for an infant with total absence of lower limbs, to enable them to sit erect and learn to maintain this posture. Made by Hanger in 1966.
Artificial left leg, Europe, 1991
Left below knee prosthesis worn by an Army parachutist who lost his leg as a result of an IRA bomb, c1970s. Lace-up leather thigh corset with 4-point socket suspension. Above the knee restraining strap. Strap-type trouser guard. Polycentric knee joints fitted to the side steels. Foot is moulded and similar to a shop dummies with texture of skin and nails. Metal shin and plastic foot with imitation toes. Following the supply of his first prosthesis the patient was picked for the 'Red Devils' Display Team. The prosthesis was also worn by him on the "Time & Tide" which competed in the Global Challenge Yacht race in 1996.
Pair of non-articulated metal legs for a male Thalidomide affected teenager
Pair of non-articulated metal legs for a male Thalidomide affected teenager with short lower limbs and short upper limbs (phocomelia), by Hanger Orthopaedic Group, Roehampton, Wandsworth, London, England, 1975. Blocked leather sockets with a front velcro flap (to facilitate the insertion of the respective feet). Adjustable feet-retaining straps are used to overcome the 'piston' action when walking. Rigid pelvic bands with hip joints and 'ring-catch' locks have been fitted. To aid stability the wooden feet have completely flat soles and a leather imitation shoe covering. N.B. The projecting bars on the hip locks have been fitted to facilitate their operation by the child's rudimentary hands and arms.
‘Explorer’ mobility chair, Bologna, Italy, 1995-2001
'Explorer' stair-climber mobility chair, a powered wheelchair with retractable caterpillar tracks that allow the user to climb stairs, manufactured by TGR Electric Traction Vehicle, Bologna, Italy, c.1995-2001
Lower limb prostheses for child
A pair of lower limb prostheses for a Thalidomide affected child who was born with complete absence of upper limbs (amelia) and phocomelic lower limbs (absent femora, absent tibiae. Fibulae and feet present with additional toes). Blocked leather sockets, embracing both hips and buttocks, open ended to allow the natural feet to hang free. Well padded rigid pelvic bands. Non-jointed dural side struts to wooden feet with imitation shoe covering. Soles are completely flat to aid balance. Note the valve housings on both sockets, these were positioned to permit the natural toes to control valves which operated CO2 wrist rotation units and terminal devices on her upper limb prostheses. A CO2 gas cylinder is located in the left prosthesis. Made by Hanger in 1966.
Pair of artificial arms for a child, Roehampton, England, 1964
Pair of CO2 gas powered prostheses for a Thalidomide affected child with complete absence of upper limbs (amelia). Valves are sited over both shoulders and activated by the acromion processes. Friction shoulder and elbow joints, for passive positioning. There is a powered right split-hook and wrist rotation unit and a passive left wrist unit with a powered split-hook. Elbow flexion is achieved by means of a perlon cord passing through a pulley and attached to a waist belt. Groin straps are necessary to prevent the belt from riding upwards in a very young child. Made by Steeper 1964.
Doll wearing a Denis Browne-type splint/harness, England, 1940-1960
Fabric infant doll, wearing a Denis Browne type splint for congenital dislocation of the hips, probably used to demonstrate prospective orthopaedic treatment, with wooden model chair, photograph of child patient, and one large and one small descriptive labels, from the Lord Mayor Treloar Orthopaedic Hospital, Alton, Hampshire, England, 1940-1960.
Whalebone walking stick, owned by Charles Darwin, England, 1839-1881
Whalebone walking stick with skull form pommel in ivory, once owned by Charles Darwin, probably English, 1839-1881
Artificial right leg, Roehampton, England, 1934
Metal right above knee prosthesis, evidence of attempts to repair the socket. Made by Hanger in 1934.
Double truss for the treatment of a hernia, London, England, 1901-1918
Double truss, circular, for inguinal hernia, size 35, by S. Maw, Son and Sons, London, English, 1900-1930
Child's adjustable metal lower leg iron, with shoe, England, 1940-1960
Child's adjustable metal lower leg iron, with shoe, from the Lord Mayor Treloar Orthopaedic Hospital, Alton, Hampshire, England, 1940-1960
Artificial right leg, Singapore, c.1943
Right above knee prosthesis, constructed from crashed aircraft in a Japanese Prisoner of War Camp in Singapore during World War II. It was made by Royal Engineer prisoners, under the direction of Col. Julian Taylor FRCS and a Sergeant Armourer. Made c.1943. (Weight: 7.5 lbs 3.4 kg).
Teapot stand, England, 1980
Teapot stand, hinged plywood, for use by arthritics, England, 1980
Hand-cranked invalid tricycle, England, 1970-1975
Hand-cranked invalid tricycle, by R.A. Harding, English, 1970-1975 and cover to protect passenger
Artificial left leg, Roehampton, England, 1926
Artificial left leg, leather and duralumin alloy, English, by Hanger, dated 1926
Pink orthopaedic corset, London, England, 1941-1950
Orthopaedic corset with reinforced strips at back, buckle and strap fastening at front and four suspenders, by F.C. Gould, London, c. 1944
Smith-Peterson bone instruments, England, 1960-1980
Boxed set of Smith-Peterson bone instruments, comprising of a range of graded metal ball reamers, femoral head-shaping cup reamers and a brace for their attachment, manufactured by Down Bros. , from the Lord Mayor Treloar Orthopaedic Hospital, Alton, Hampshire, England, 1960-1980