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'Openshaw' artificial hand, c 1919.

'Openshaw' artificial hand, c 1919.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 26cm x 32cm


'Openshaw' wooden artificial hand, designed by Thomas Openshaw, a surgeon at Queen Mary's Hospital, Roehampton, during World War I. A special feature of the hand is that the the ring and little fingers are held rigid, in a slightly flexed position, with steel reinforcement which extends into the palm. This allows bags and other objects to be carried. The thumb, index and middle fingers have a certain degree of articulation. The wrist is oval with a screw fitment for attachment to a prosthetic arm. Made by Anderson & Whitelaw, England. Full view.

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