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Artificial arm, c 1904.

Artificial arm, c 1904.
3 3 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 25cm


Below-elbow artificial right arm made for a woman pianist. It consists of a blocked leather socket connected by jointed side steels to a long leather upper arm corset with four strap and buckle fastenings. The arm has a shaped wooden oval wrist with detachable wooden hand. The design has a wide finger spread, with the index, middle and ring fingers shorter than normal, and a padded thumb and little finger. This allowed the wearer to span an octave, and was used for a piano recital at the Royal Albert Hall, London, in 1906. It was made by Mr Royden of Abingdon Street, Northampton, England. Full view, palm of hand facing upwards.

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