Artificial left hand, Birmingham, England, 1914-1920

Made:
1914-1920 in Birmingham
maker:
Anderson and Whitelaw Limited

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Artificial hand, by Anderson and Whitelaw Ltd., made in England, 1914-1920

The artificial hand is made from wood. The thumb, index finger and middle finger are articulated and can move to grip items but the other two fingers are fixed in position. The hand is screwed into another prosthesis. The First World War, which this hand dates from, stimulated innovation and development in prostheses as over 41,000 British servicemen lost one or more limb. The hand was made by Anderson and Whitelaw, an artificial limb maker.

Details

Category:
Orthopaedics
Object Number:
A636915
Materials:
joint, brass, wood
type:
artificial hand
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • prosthesis
  • artificial limb
status:
Loan: Wellcome Trust

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