Artificial left leg, London, England, 1861-1920

Made:
1861-1920 in London
maker:
William Robert Grossmith

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Artificial left for amputation at the knee, by R W Grossmith, 1861-1920. Three quarter front view. Grey background.
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Artificial left for amputation at the knee, by R W Grossmith, 1861-1920. Three quarter rear view. Grey background.
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© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Artificial left for amputation at the knee, by R W Grossmith, 1861-1920. Side view, grey background
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© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Artificial left for amputation at knee, by W.R. Grossmith, 1861-1920

Someone who had their left leg amputated on the knee joint used this artificial leg. The leather corset secures the prosthesis to the thigh. It is perforated so the wearer will not get too hot. Inside the calf is a v-shaped metal bar attached to a spring. This prevents the wearer falling forward yet allows them to walk with comfort. The ankle and knee joints are lockable. The toes are made of flexible leather.

William Robert Grossmith’s company made this limb. He also wrote ‘Amputations and Prosthetic Limbs’ in 1857.

Details

Category:
Orthopaedics
Object Number:
A603149
Materials:
buckles, brass (nickel-plated), straps, leather, vertical bars, brass (nickel-plated)
type:
artificial leg
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • prosthesis
  • artificial limb
status:
Loan: Wellcome Trust

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