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Child’s spinal carriage, United Kingdom, 1890-1920
Child's spinal carriage, from infant clinic, Bradford, English, 1890-1920.
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.
Richard Grindall's combined knife and fork, Europe, 1795-1820
Admiral Grindall's knife and fork
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.
Child's spinal support, Europe, 1771-1800
Child's spinal support, iron, perhaps French, late 18th century
Artificial left arm, Europe, 1850-1910
Artificial arm, steel with brass wrist mountings, leather top piece, European, 1840-1940.
'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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Artificial left hand and forearm, Europe, 1501-1600
Articulated artificial left hand and forearm, iron, European, 16th century
'Invacar' invalid carriage, England, 1950-1959
"Invacar", model 42 invalid carriage, registration number XPU 614, United Kingdom, c1953.
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.
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.
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
Ward's improved recumbent chair, London, 1880-1900
Ward's improved recumbent chair, by John Ward, 246 Tottenham Court Road, London, England, 1880-1900.
Artificial right leg, Roehampton, England, 1934
Metal right above knee prosthesis, evidence of attempts to repair the socket. Made by Hanger in 1934.
Ivory artificial nose, Europe, 1701-1800
Carved ivory artificial nose, possibly 18th century
Artificial nose, Europe, 1601-1800
Plated metal artificial nose, 17th-18th century.
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
Child's wheelchair, England, 1940-1960
Child's wheelchair, model 1, by Bencraft Ltd., English, 1940-1960
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
'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.
'Alclad' artificial left leg, London, England, 1924
Light metal left "Alclad" above knee prosthesis, with metal shin (strip riveted back and front), Central knee control mechanism and with a standard foot, ankle and toe joints. Made by Hanger in 1924. Weight: 5 lbs, 2.2 kg.
Temporary pylon artificial leg, England, 1914-1918
Right above knee temporary pylon made of wooden slats. Standard issue during 1914-18 War. (Weight: 2 lbs 2 oz 0.95 kg)
Combined knife and fork, Europe, 1914-1918
Combined knife and fork for one-armed man, silver-plate, Nelson pattern, from Royal United Service Institution, World War 1
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 left leg, Roehampton, England, 1926
Artificial left leg, leather and duralumin alloy, English, by Hanger, dated 1926
Artificial arm, Northampton, England, 1895-1904
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.
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
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.
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
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
Iron artificial arm, Europe, 1501-1562
Artificial right hand, iron, ? owned by Gotz von Berlichingen, 16th century
Pair of lower limb prostheses, Roehampton, England, 1959
First pair of lower limb prostheses made for a 2 year old girl who was born with bilateral above elbow stumps and absence of both lower limbs (amelia). The sockets are made of 'durestos' and are mounted on short round peg ends with rubber soles. Made by Hanger in 1959.
Left below elbow prosthesis with a porous plastic
Left below elbow prosthesis with a porous plastic socket and a self retaining Münster-type fitting. Conventional Steeper wrist unit and standard hand. Made by Steeper c.1994.
Artificial arm, Roehampton, England, 1965-1975
One-piece forearm and foam hand for a young child with a congenital left below elbow deficiency. The prosthesis has a plastic socket with a 'cushlon' and velcro above-elbow cuff suspension. Two-tone plastic cosmetic glove. Made by Steeper c. 1970.
Artificial leg made for a child, England, 1903
Peg leg made in the shipyard at Blyth (Northumbria) by the father of a 3 year old boy who lost his right leg below the knee in 1903. The patient was still wearing a conventional below knee prosthesis at the age of 79.
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.
Doll lying in bed to demonstrate medical treatment to children, England, 1930-1950
Plastic infant doll, lying in a model bed, with plaster cast applied for congenital dislocation of the hips, probably used to demonstrate prospective treatment, from the Lord Mayor Treloar Orthopaedic Hospital, Alton, Hampshire, England, 1930-1950
Artificial left leg, Europe, 1901-1940
Artificial left leg for amputation above knee, 1901-1940
Folding Wheelchair, Bath, England,1925-1935
Folding Wheelchair, "Senior" model, used for over fifty years as an outdoor mobility aid by an individual partially paralysed by Poliomyelitis, manufactured by R.A. Harding, Bath, England, 1925-1935
Pair of child's orthopaedic boots, England, 1879-1923
Pair of child's adjustable orthopaedic boots with steel leg braces made by I.A. Best and Son, Birmingham, 1879-1923
Protective goggles used during UV light therapy, England, 1930-1950
Two pairs of protective goggles, with green tinted lenses, for use during light therapy at the Lord Mayor Treloar Orthopaedic Hospital, Alton, Hampshire, England, 1930-1950
Artificial right arm, United Kingdom, 1914-1918
Right above elbow prosthesis with leather adjustable socket with four straps and buckles. Connected by jointed side steels to a leather forearm. Shoulder saddle, figure of 8-type harness. A Cauet hand is fixed to the wrist and a wire, passing through the forearm, extends the fingers when pulled upon by means of an attachment to the harness appendage. Made by Prosthesia c.1915.
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.