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Victorian Prosthetic Arm

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Victorian Prosthetic Arm

European artificial arm dates back to Victorian times…

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19th Century Prosthetic Arm

If you thought prosthetic limbs were a relatively new invention, you’d be wrong. This beautiful yet equally scary looking artificial limb was built sometime between 1850 and 1910, and it even has moving joints – of sorts.

Constructed from brass and steel, and (assumingly) weighing a hefty load, this Victorian prosthetic arm attached to the shoulder using leather strap, the elbow joint could move or be held in place with a spring, the fingers also clenched up and straightened out.

While this antique prosthetic arm no-doubt possessed somewhat less dexterity than today’s bionic limbs, it’s certainly an amazing piece of medical art that would have at least given the patient a more natural appearance.


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