Archive for the ‘15 vintage prosthetic limbs’ Category
__SPACER__ another item from the Smithsonian. Made in the same style as a glove of the period, although the fingers are clearly articulated there is no locking mechanism and hence no real gripping mechanism. It is for this reason that hooks were used making ergonomics a priority over anatomical accuracy.
__SPACER__ Known as the clapper because of the sound its articulated toes with artificial tendons made, this is a later version of the Anglesea leg, which was widely used by Napoleonic War veterans, and designed by James Potts in 1800. It became the model for the first mass produced artificial limbs, including the American leg.
__SPACER__ The villain of Texan history, Santa Anna’s prosthetic cork leg, was taken as a war trophy and is now on display at the Illinois State Military Museum in Springfield, Illinois.<p /><p />Trivia: Santa Anna's artificial leg is featured in the King of The Hill episode "The Final Shinsult".