Model of an artificial leg, Europe, 1918-1990

Made:
1918-1990 in Europe
maker:
Alex Munro Armstrong

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Model of a No.8 (below knee) prosthesis made by the late Alex Munro Armstrong of the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders. He lost his leg, below the knee on 24 April 1918.

Alex Munro Armstrong of the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders in the British Army lost his leg below the knee on 24 April 1918. He made this model of a below-the-knee prosthesis for the left leg. It was probably based on his own artificial limb.

Each of the 41,000 British servicemen who lost at least one limb in the First World War was entitled to a free artificial replacement. Initially overwhelmed by the demand, a combination of American manufacturers, new limb-fitting centres, technological advances and the emergence of a valid British limb-making industry eventually solved the problem. However, there were still many thousands of amputees awaiting their first artificial limb by the end of the conflict.

Details

Category:
Orthopaedics
Object Number:
1999-460
Materials:
leather, metal
type:
model
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • prosthesis
  • artificial limb
  • visual and verbal communication
credit:
Richmond Twickenham and Roehampton Healthcare NHS Trust
status:
Permanent collection

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