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
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 arm with attachments
McKay heavy working arm for a right below elbow amputation. Blocked leather socket with duralumin cuff and reinforcing side steels. These extend up the forearm from the wrist rotary and the latter has a heavy-duty spline fitment for terminal devices. Adjustable leather side suspension straps fitted to a detachable leather upper-arm corset (the strap and buckle fastening is missing). The small metal housed roller on the medial side, near the elbow, is for a round leather operating cord (missing). The harness appendages are also missing. Light-weight certalmid hand. Made by McKay, c.1925.
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.
Myoelectric arm/hand prosthesis, England, 1980
Myoelectric arm/hand prosthesis, with 6 volt battery, English, 1980
Artificial left leg, Germany, 1914-1918
Left above knee leg made of fibre with detachable metal socket. Wooden tenon and mortice knee. Universal ankle joint by means of 4 springs. Wooden foot with toe joint. German, made circa 1915 during the First World War (Weight: 6.25 lbs 2.8 kg).
Bath chair, United Kingdom, 1901-1920
Wickerwork bath chair, with metal frame, English, early 20th century
Articulated artificial right arm, Europe, 1501-1550
Articulated artificial right arm, iron, European, early 16th century
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
'Invacar' Invalid Carriage
"Invacar", model 42 invalid carriage, registration number XPU 614, United Kingdom, c1953.
Wheelchair, United Kingdom, 1910-1920
Handcranked chaindriven wheelchair, by Richards(?), United Kingdom, 1910-1920.
'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.
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.
Spinal support, France, 1830-1900
Mathieu apparatus, wood and metal, frame with canvas supports, for Scoliosis, by Mathieu of Paris, 1830-1900 (see note)
Iron artificial arm, Europe, 1501-1562
Artificial right hand, iron, ? owned by Gotz von Berlichingen, 16th century
Artificial leg, England, 1890-1950
Prosthesis made for long above knee stump. Extensive 'home' repairs are evident. Origin unknown. (Weight 9 lbs 1 kg)
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.
Left upper limb prosthesis for a child with a very
Left upper limb prosthesis for a child with a very short arm and small hand, three fingers, (absent thumb and index). Two valves are sited on the inner side of the socket, operated by the rudimentary fingers. CO2 gas powered 'Otto Bock' split-hook. There is a strip of reversed chrome leather on the under surface of the forearm and on the elbow ball, to prevent the limb sliding when the child is resting on a desk or table. Made by Steeper c. 1972.
Ward's improved recumbent chair, London, 1880-1900
Ward's improved recumbent chair, by John Ward, 246 Tottenham Court Road, London, England, 1880-1900.
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.
Pair of extension prostheses, Roehampton, England, 1966
Pair of extension prostheses supplied to a 4 year old boy born with all limbs short, due to Thalidomide. These prostheses consist of blocked leather, open-ended ischial tuber-bearing sockets. Mounted on aluminium one-piece legs with wooden feet without ankle joints. Leather imitation shoe covering. Made by Hanger in 1966.
Round (or elephant) boot for a Syme's amputation,
Round (or elephant) boot for a Syme's amputation, designed in 1922 for amputee miners working at the coal face. Made by Blatchford in 1925. Weight: 2 lbs, 0.9 kg.
Child’s spinal carriage, United Kingdom, 1890-1920
Child's spinal carriage, from infant clinic, Bradford, English, 1890-1920.
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.
Left above knee peg leg made from leather and wood in Stalag VIIIB/344
Left above knee peg leg made from leather and wood in Stalag VIIIB/344 (Lamsdorf) during World War II by Arthur Weston OBE, a Prisoner of War who made a number of temporary prostheses during his captivity. Made in 1940.
Artificial hand and forearm, 1601-1700
Iron artificial right hand and forearm, with jointed thumb and fingers
Iron divan crutch with concealed dagger, reputedly Persian, 1801-1900
Iron divan crutch with concealed dagger, Persian(?), 19th century
'Shadow Racer', lightweight sports wheelchair, West Midlands, England, 1993-1995
'Shadow Racer', lightweight sports wheelchair for track and road racing, manufactured by Quickie for Sunrise Medical Ltd, England, 1993-1995
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
Artificial right leg, Paris, France, 1946
"Stabilax" right above knee prosthesis. There is a two-piece shin and a 4-bar linkage in the knee. Only when there is pressure on the toe does the knee flex. When the heel strikes the ground the knee is locked. Made by Juenin Hanger, Paris 1946. (Weight: 6.75 lbs 3 kg).
Artificial right leg, New York, United States, 1910-1914
American leather right below knee prosthesis. Leather lace-up corset, jointed side steels to well padded wooden socket, wooden foot, toe and ankle joints. Made c.1912-14. (Weight 5 lbs 2.2 kg).
Pair of artificial legs, Roehampton, England, 1977
Pair of extension prostheses for a boy with extremely short legs (phocomelia) due to Thalidomide. Blocked leather open-ended sockets (to allow the feet to hang free) mounted on dural struts which are attached to wooden shins and feet, without ankle joints. Black leather imitation shoe covering and cordovan 'sock'. Rigid pelvic bands with hip joints. Note completely flat soles to afford maximum stability when walking. Made by Hanger in 1977.
Artificial left hand and forearm, Europe, 1501-1600
Articulated artificial left hand and forearm, iron, European, 16th century
Teaching doll showing an iron lung, England, 1930-1950
Wooden model of an iron lung, with plastic infant doll and bedding enclosed, probably used to demonstrate to child patients their prospective treatment for poliomyelitis, from the Lord Mayor Treloar Orthopaedic Hospital, Alton, Hampshire, England, 1930-1950
Artificial right leg, Roehampton, England, 1934
Metal right above knee prosthesis, evidence of attempts to repair the socket. Made by Hanger in 1934.
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.
Prototype "Marchant Collapsible Chair"
Prototype and scale model of the "Marchant Collapsible Chair for Invalids and Children", a unique wheelchair designed and constructed by T.J. Marchant, Tiptree, Essex, 1937-1939, awarded the Founders Silver Medal at the Inventors' Exhibition, London, 1939, with contract for, and transcript of, a short BBC broadcast by the inventor, February 1939, and other ephemera
Artificial above knee prosthesis with wooden socket
Metal left above knee prosthesis with wooden socket, repaired internally with certalmid. Rigid pelvic band, central knee control with knee lock (just above front of knee). Metal shin with strip riveting. Wooden foot with ankle and toe joints. Made by Hanger, 1921.
Traction apparatus, Italy, 1501-1550
Traction apparatus, probably Italian, probably early 16th century, possibly iron, wood, leather, wool and brass
Artificial right leg, Europe, 1891-1930
Artificial leg for amputation just above right ankle, 1891-1930
Artificial bootees, Roehampton, England, 1965-1975
Pair of stout leather bootees supplied to a Thalidomide affected child with lower limb phocomelia, to protect the prominent lateral malleoli when lower limbs were not being worn, thus allowing the child to shuffle about in or outside the house. Made by Hanger c.1970.
Artificial left arm, London, England, 1927
Artificial left arm, metal, with hand and canvas shoulder strap, adjustable joints, McKay Artificial Limb Co. of London, 1927
'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.
Spring operated 'Nelson' knife, New York, United States, 1845-1855
Spring-operated "Nelson" knife. Made by A.A. Marks c.1850.
Carpenter's tool-holder with square clamp
Carpenter's tool-holder with square clamp to allow for varying sizes of tool handles, for heavy working arm. Keyed plain adaptor (to hold appliance in a locked position). Made by McKay c.1920.
Orthopaedic Scooter, Dorset, England, 1993
Lightweight `K9' Orthopaedic Scooter, to provide mobility for people with foot or ankle injuries, or other incapacities, including below knee amputations, as an alternative to crutches, designed by Michael Reid, Manufactured by John Reid & Sons (Strucsteel) Ltd., Christchurch, Dorset, England, 1993
'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.
Leg splint, wood with cotton wool and gauze paddin
Leg splint, wood with cotton wool and gauze padding, canvas straps with metal buckles, probably British, 1880-1920
Artificial left leg, Cambodia, 1998
Artificial leg for an above-knee amputee, of a type provided for landmine victims in Cambodia, developed and manufactured by the Cambodia Trust charity, 1997-2002
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.