Artificial leg, Europe, 1914-1918

Made:
1914-1918 in Europe
maker:
Unknown

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Artificial limb made for a British Merchant Seaman by the ship's carpenter of a German raider after his ship was sunk in the Red Sea. Worn until repatriation to England. Made during 1914-18 War.

Made from heavy oak wood and weighing over 4 kg, this prosthetic leg was made for a British merchant seaman whose ship had been sunk in the Red Sea – located between Sudan and Saudi Arabia – during the First World War.

When the seaman was captured by a German vessel, the ship’s carpenter made this leg for him. The seaman wore the leg until he returned home after the First World War. The leg is jointed, with toes, ankle and knee all able to bend.

Details

Category:
Orthopaedics
Object Number:
1999-431
Materials:
bitumen, cotton (fibre), iron, oak (wood), rubber
type:
artificial leg
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • prosthesis
  • artificial limb
credit:
Richmond Twickenham and Roehampton Healthcare NHS Trust
status:
Permanent collection

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