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Woman wearing an artificial leg, 1890-1910.

Woman wearing an artificial leg, 1890-1910.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 22cm x 32cm


Studio photograph of a woman wearing a pylon type artificial leg. The leg 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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