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.
Child’s spinal carriage, United Kingdom, 1890-1920
Child's spinal carriage, from infant clinic, Bradford, English, 1890-1920.
Child's spinal support, Europe, 1771-1800
Child's spinal support, iron, perhaps French, late 18th century
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
Artificial left arm, Europe, 1850-1910
Artificial arm, steel with brass wrist mountings, leather top piece, European, 1840-1940.
Crash helmet, made for child affected by the drug thalidomide, England, 1967-1972
'Crash helmet', used by Eddie Freeman, a child affected by the drug thalidomide, made at The Limb Fitting Centre, London, 1967-1972
Platformed overshoe, England, 1950-1970
Black leather shoe, strapped into platformed overshoe, from the Lord Mayor Treloar Orthopaedic Hospital, Alton, Hampshire, England, 1950-1970
Jointed metal leg frame, England, United Kingdom, 1960-1975
Jointed metal leg frame to relieve the weight on the joints of the wearer, by Prof. Meredith Wooldridge Thring, 1960-1975.
Black leather boot, Europe, 1940-1965
Black leather boot for deformed foot, from the Lord Mayor Treloar Orthopaedic Hospital, Alton, Hampshire, England, 1940-1965
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.
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
Leather and steel knee support, London, England, 1915-1918
Knee support, steel and leather made by patients at the Military Orthopaedic Hospital, Shepherds Bush, 1915-1918
Spinal support, London, England, 1822-1869
Spinal support, for angular curvature, by Ferguson, London, English, 1822-1869
Leg and ankle splint, England, 1940-1960
Lower leg and ankle splint, with laced leather casing and metal strengthening, from the Lord Mayor Treloar Orthopaedic Hospital, Alton, Hampshire, England, 1940-1960
Chest pencil, England, 1914-1920
Chest pencil for armless men, English, 1914-1920
Wrist and hand splint, England, 1960-1980
Wrist and hand splint, with attachments to open out the fingers, from the Lord Mayor Treloar Orthopaedic Hospital, Alton, Hampshire, England, 1960-80
Ward's improved recumbent chair, London, 1880-1900
Ward's improved recumbent chair, by John Ward, 246 Tottenham Court Road, London, England, 1880-1900.
SpineCor Dynamic Corrective Brace
SpineCor Dynamic Corrective Brace, SpineCor, Chesterfield, UK, c.2010. Used by Freya Averley between the ages of 11 and 15 to treat idiopathic scoliosis.
'Invacar' invalid carriage, England, 1950-1959
"Invacar", model 42 invalid carriage, registration number XPU 614, United Kingdom, c1953.
Collection of thirty black & white photographs, va
Collection of thirty black & white photographs, various sizes and with some duplicates, showing child patients undergoing light therapy at the Lord Mayor Treloar orthopaedic Hospital, Alton, England, 1930-1950.
'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.
Artificial leg, Europe, 1914-1918
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.
Child's wheelchair, England, 1940-1960
Child's wheelchair, model 1, by Bencraft Ltd., English, 1940-1960
Lower limb prostheses, Roehampton, England, 1966
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.
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.
Elswick Envoy road car
Elswick Envoy road car for use by disabled drivers and designed to allow full access by wheelchair users and can be driven directly from the wheelchair. Produced by Elswick Special Vehicles Ltd in association with the Reliant company and registered in 1986. This car was owned by artist Nancy Willis, and featured in the Channel 4 film "Elegy for the Elswick Envoy" which she presented and directed.
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).
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.
Pair of artificial legs for a child affected by the drug thalidomide, England, 1968 -1972
Pair of artificial legs, used by Eddie Freeman, a child affected by the drug thalidomide, made at the Roehampton Limb Fitting Centre, London, 1967-1972
Bath chair, United Kingdom, 1901-1920
Wickerwork bath chair, with metal frame, English, early 20th century
'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.
Artificial hand, Europe, 1880-1920
Artificial hand, wood, with leather arm cover, moveable fingers, European, 1880-1920
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
Pair of CO2 powered upper limbs for a 10 year old
Pair of CO2 powered upper limbs for a 10 year old boy born with absence of the left arm and a rudimentary right above elbow stump. Plastic sockets with a leather inner socket on the right side. Full shoulder cap on the left side. Standard (Dorrance) right split-hook, [body powered by means of a Bowden cable, routed to the outer side of the arm]. CO2 gas powered left split-hook operated by the shoulder (acromion process) activating the valve set on the shoulder cap. Powered right wrist rotation unit, operated by valve sited on the outer side of the socket and activated by stump pressure. Left split-hook operated by Bowden cable with perlon cord. Fully-automatic elbow mechanisms with locking/unlocking control from perlon cables sited across the chest. Made by Steeper 23 November 1973.
Aritificial peg leg, Europe, 1850-1900
Wooden artificial peg leg, one of a pair, for amputation above the knee
Artificial right leg, Roehampton, England, 1934
Metal right above knee prosthesis, evidence of attempts to repair the socket. Made by Hanger in 1934.
Left prosthetic leg, Cyprus, 1914-1918
Left metal below knee prosthesis with leather thigh corset made for a Cypriot truck driver during 1914-18 War. Made in Cyprus.
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, 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).
CO2 gas-powered artificial arms, Roehampton, England, 1963
Early pair of CO2 gas powered prostheses for a very young child born with very short upper limbs (phocomelia) due to Thalidomide. Plastic arms and forearms with spade-like hands. Friction joints permitting abduction and rotation at the shoulders and rotation and flexion at the elbows respectively. The limbs were positioned by an Occupational Therapist and fixed by tightening the large slotted screws, with the aid of a coin. When the two elbows are set at 900 and the front valve is activated the hands come together. Likewise the hands part when the rear valve is activated. Each valve is connected, by a nylon cord, to a leather waist belt (or lower limb prostheses if worn). Forward bending of the trunk opens the rear valve and the reverse movement causes the front valve to operate. N.B. Limbs such as these, were worn for short training periods each day until the child could progress to more sophisticated prostheses. Made by Steeper 1963.
Artificial right leg, England, 1894
Wooden right above knee prosthesis made for a 16 year old Boy Soldier in 1894. It was worn continuously by him until he was (very reluctantly) supplied with a new one in 1972. This he wore until his death in 1977 at the age of 99. Supplied by the Army.