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Artificial arm and hand, 1890-1910.

Artificial arm and hand, 1890-1910.
3 1 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 23cm


Studio photograph of an artificial arm and the plaster cast of the wearer's arm stump, used to ensure a correct fit. The arm was 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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