Artificial leg with extensive home repairs, England, 1914-1918

Made:
1914-1918 in England and England and
maker:
Unknown

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Prosthetic leg, c 1915. Three quarter view looking from upper end. Graduated grey background
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St John & Red Cross fibre above knee prosthesis modified by a 1914-18 war amputee who refused an articulated limb and made very extensive repairs, using both cement and glue. He became a roof thatcher and tiler. When he eventually accepted a conventional prosthesis it had to be heavily weighted.

St John & Red Cross fibre above-knee artificial leg, c1914-18. The war amputee who wore this temporary fibre pylon leg, refused the replacement articulated limb he was entitled to. Instead he made very extensive repairs to it over several decades, using

both cement and glue. He became a roof thatcher and tiler and when he eventually accepted a conventional prosthesis it had to be heavily weighted to enable him to walk.

Details

Category:
Orthopaedics
Object Number:
1999-484
Materials:
fibre, leather
type:
artificial leg
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • prosthesis
  • artificial limb
credit:
Richmond Twickenham and Roehampton Healthcare NHS Trust
status:
Permanent collection

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