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Egg stand for one-armed men, England, 1914-1918

Eating a meal using one hand is difficult. This ingenious egg stand was created by British zoologist Sir Arthur Everett Shipley (1861-1927) to help people with one arm eat boiled eggs. It is made of turned wood with a wrought iron base that can be screwed onto a table edge. A small wire ring suspended on top of the hole where the egg is placed steadies the egg. It is unknown what drove Sir Arthur to create it. However, over 41,000 servicemen lost one or more limbs during the First World War. Amateur inventors such as Sir Arthur developed devices they hoped would assist them.

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A602801

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