Man wearing a pair of artificial legs, 1890-1910.

 
Man wearing a pair of artificial legs, 1890-1910.
4 0 c m
 
31cm
actual image size: 23cm x 32cm

Description

Studio photograph of an elderly man wearing a pair of artificial legs. The legs were manufactured by James Gillingham (1839-1924), a boot- and shoemaker based in Chard, Somerset. Gillingham first started making artificial limbs after a local man lost an arm firing a cannon for a celebratory salute in 1863. He then began making prostheses on a permanent basis and Chard eventually became a major centre of the British artificial limb industry.

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