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Artificial leg, England, 1890-1950

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The prosthetic leg was made for someone who had their leg amputated above the knee. Artificial limbs are very personal items and the extensive home repairs show the lengths some people will go to keep a limb they feel comfortable with. Wood, nails, rubber, textiles and string have all been used. Originally made by Chas A Blatchford & Sons Ltd, a long established British prosthetic limb maker.

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Glossary: prostheses

Artificial body parts, or materials inserted into tissue for functional, cosmetic, or therapeutic effect. Prostheses can be functional (artificial arms and legs), or cosmetic (artificial eye).

Glossary: artificial leg

A device, either external or implanted, that substitutes for or supplements a missing or defective part of the body.