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Artificial right arm, United Kingdom, 1943

This artificial limb is dated 9 December 1943 and was made for someone who had their arm amputated below the elbow as a result of wartime service. The forearm and certalmid hand are detachable and other appliances can be attached. Certalmid (a mixture of certus glue, celluloid and muslin) was a material developed by the prosthetic limb industry during the First World War and used for many years afterwards. The grooved tip of the thumb, index and middle finger are positioned so a pen or pencil can be held. The thumb is also moveable. Chas A Blatchford & Sons Ltd, founded in 1890, made the heavy duty limb. The company is still in business today.

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Glossary: prostheses

Artificial body parts, or materials inserted into tissue for functional, cosmetic, or therapeutic effect. Prostheses can be functional (artificial arms and legs), or cosmetic (artificial eye).

Glossary: artificial arm

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