A rare late 19th / early 20th century wooden prosthetic right leg by Sillis of London
A rare and sought after late Victorian / early Edwardian wooden prosthetic right leg by Sillis of London.
Most likely made for a boy soldier, or possibly a woman due to the delicate nature of the foot. This is of quite small and feminine proportion but the leg resembles that of a young man’s.
The foot may have been to a smaller size to ensure the user could slip into various footwear without hinderance.
Beautifully constructed from hardwood, leather and metal, and still with the original internal rope work tendons.
Additional wooden pegs give full articulation to the leg. Surprisingly the mechanics of the joints and movement of the leg is still very good.
The leg has an applied leather and heavy canvas strap, which creates the tension to the knee across the front of the thigh section.
The patina and age related wear and tear have added even more charm to this medical curiosity.
This is a wonderful example of antique prosthetics, which have gained traction in their collectibility.
19.5cm widest point
22cm foot length
16cm deepest point
With obvious wear and tear and small losses to the leather which would be to expected. Wooden components are still in wonderful condition.
Some age related wear to the metal surface.
Overall in good order for such an early example.
This is realistically a collector’s display piece which it will certainly serve beautifully as.