Artificial left leg, Europe, 1901–1940

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Artificial left leg, Europe, 1901–1940. This artificial left leg was made for someone who had their leg amputated above the knee. It is made from willow and leather. It follows the basic design established by the so-called Anglesey leg. This was named after the Marquis of Anglesey. He wore a leg made to this design after he lost one during the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. Earlier versions were also called ‘Clapper’ legs after the sound the leg made when fully extended. Artificial leg. Prostheses. Contributors: Science Museum, London. Work ID: tqh828p5.

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