Artificial arm, Northampton, England, 1895-1904

Made:
1895-1904 in Northampton

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Right below elbow prosthesis, made for a lady pianist. Blocked leather socket connected by jointed side steels to a long leather upper arm corset with four strap and buckle fastenings. Large wing nut on inner side of elbow, to lock the joint. Shaped wooden oval wrist with detachable wooden hand. Wide spread fingers, the index, middle and ring being shorter than normal, both thumb and little finger tips are padded. This design allowed the wearer to span an octave and she played the piano at the Royal Albert Hall in 1906. Made by Mr Royden of Abingdon St London c.1904.

A below-elbow artificial right arm made for a lady pianist. It consists of a blocked leather socket connected by jointed side steels to a long leather upper arm corset with four strap and buckle fastenings. The arm has a shaped wooden oval wrist with detachable wooden hand. The design has a wide finger spread, with the index, middle and ring fingers shorter than normal, and a padded thumb and little finger. This allowed the wearer to span an octave and she played the piano at the Royal Albert Hall in 1906. Made by Mr Royden of Abingdon Street, Northampton, England, c.1904.

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Details

Category:
Orthopaedics
Object Number:
1999-553
Materials:
leather, metal, plastic, wood
type:
artificial arm
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • prosthesis
  • artificial limb
credit:
Richmond Twickenham and Roehampton Healthcare NHS Trust
status:
Permanent collection

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