An Early 1920s Leather And Wood 'Anglesey Limb' Prosthetic Leg
An early 1920s leather and wood 'Anglesey limb' prosthetic leg made from carved and polished willow wood, with leather mounted thigh socket with wooden interior, fully articulated with knee bending at 90 degree angle, 70 cm long. The term Anglesey leg was invented during the Napoleonic wars in 1815, when the Earl of Uxbridge, 1st Marquess of Anglesey, was shot by grapeshot in the knee, and had to wear an articulated prosthetic leg. It was recorded that alongside Lord Wellington on the battlefield he cried 'By God, sir, I've lost my leg!’ and that Wellington replied, ‘By God, sir, so you have!'.
Very good vintage condition with signs of wear & use commensurate with age. Small crack top back top of leg. Please remember that this piece is original minor wear should be expected. Please feel free to contact us for additional photos that will help with your purchase and email us with any questions you may have.