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Artificial hand in a leather glove, Europe, 1880-1920

Metal screws attach this wooden artificial hand to the wrist or an artificial arm. It is encased in a leather glove. Each finger has three joints and is capable of some movement. The glove was probably added to make the hand look more realistic, or less obvious. These heavier wooden prostheses were replaced by lighter, metal versions. This followed improvements in design after the First World War. 41,000 British servicemen lost one or more limbs during the conflict.

Object number:

A653506

 

Glossary:

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 hand

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