Monday, January 16, 2012

A Handsome Hand

I found this amazing artificial arm from the Victorian era on Retronaut, a vast online archive full of photos that chronicle all manner of curious things from throughout history. What drew me to this particular piece was the impeccable engineering and craftsmanship. Made of steel and brass, the wearer could curl and straighten the articulated fingers as well as rotate and move the wrist up and down with a spring attached to the upper arm. It looks like something you might find in your grandmother's fancy silver chest. Though setting the table with this particular utensil might really creep out your dinner guests. 

- Cathleen 


  1. Wow! I have been using a cousin of this image in several of my sketches for an upcoming sculpture and a drawing. The one I found has a gridded, cage-like forearm. :) I agree that it is cool. Hauntingly elegant. -Sue B


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