Amputation saw, 16th century, wrought iron and steel
Two iron artificial arms and an amputation saw. Previously, it was thought that the arms may have been owned by Gotz von Berlichingen (1480-1562), the German knight and adventurer. Artificial limbs such as these were expensive items made by armourers, and they allowed wearers, who had lost a limb in combat, to continue with their fighting career. One of the arms (A121449) is believed to date from 1560-1600, the other (A634412) is a more recent copy. The ornate amputation saw (A241432) is from the 16th century.
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blade: 240 mm
- amputation saw
- furnishing and equipment
- tools & equipment
- surgical equipment
- surgical instrument
- surgical saw
- Martin, V.C.
- Loan: Wellcome Trust
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