Amputation saw and two artificial arms, 16th century.

Image number: 10287283

Amputation saw and two artificial arms, 16th century.

Two iron artificial arms and an amputation saw. It was thought that the arms may have been owned by Gotz von Berlichingen (1480-1562), the German knight and adventurer. Artificial limbs such as these were expensive items made by armourers, and they allowed wearers, who had lost a limb in combat, to continue with their fighting career. The lower arm is believed to date from 1560-1600, the upper one is a more recent copy. The ornate amputation saw is from the 16th century. Full view.

Image number:
10287283
Credit:
Science Museum/Science & Society Picture Library
Date taken:
29 October 2003 13:31
Image rights:
Science Museum