Featured Weird: prosthetic hand

Discussion in 'Antique Discussion' started by Potteryplease, Dec 2, 2023.

  1. Potteryplease

    Potteryplease Well-Known Member

    My wife thinks I'm crazy, but I'm gonna bet there's someone out there who will want this.

    It's a child's prosthetic forearm and hand. The fingers constrict to grab something when the cable /shoulder harness are tightened. Pretty ingenious. I found it at an estate sale.

    Any opinions about the age or reselling of something like this?

    Thank you!

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  2. wlwhittier

    wlwhittier Well-Known Member

    Dunno about age...but I think it'll be a tough sell. Prosthetics are pretty much one-off, custom fit an' features, etc...Good luck!
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  3. bluumz

    bluumz Quite Busy

    There are collectors of this kind of oddball stuff, it wouldn't be purchased for actual use.
    I know nothing about prosthetics but that shoulder strap attachment method, and no apparent use of wood, seems 1960s-ish to me, somehow...???
    The few eBay SOLD prices for "vintage prosthetic arm" look pretty good!

    EDIT: Is it fiberglass?
    Last edited: Dec 2, 2023
  4. Debora

    Debora Well-Known Member

    I'd think it would certainly find a buyer, especially as it was designed for a child. And 1960s not a bad guess. A local prosthetic store, if you have one, would be able to confirm/not.

  5. sabre123

    sabre123 Well-Known Member

  6. Potteryplease

    Potteryplease Well-Known Member

    I'm not sure if it's fiberglass.... maybe a kind of resin poured over a fabric that was used to 'take the form' of the person it was made for?

    I'll look more closely when I'm home again.
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  7. Potteryplease

    Potteryplease Well-Known Member

    One wonders why in the world people would want these, but there we go.
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  8. bluumz

    bluumz Quite Busy

    Sad but true.
    People are touched (some even fascinated) by tragedy, and there's little more tragic than a sick child.
  9. Chinoiserie

    Chinoiserie Well-Known Member

    No one else thinks you're crazy other than your wife :woot:
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  10. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    gotta hand it to you.............;):playful:
  11. Potteryplease

    Potteryplease Well-Known Member

    Tell me about it!
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  12. Potteryplease

    Potteryplease Well-Known Member

    Get a grip, ok?
  13. Chinoiserie

    Chinoiserie Well-Known Member

  14. Chinoiserie

    Chinoiserie Well-Known Member

    You're in the army now oh oh oh you're in the army now...
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  15. wlwhittier

    wlwhittier Well-Known Member

    Holy Fistful, BatMan!
  16. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    let me know if u need a helping hand ..............:hilarious:
  17. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    cuz that one is just laying there.....:playful::playful::playful::playful::playful:
  18. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    I'm sure it will sell. I can see it being used in a Steampunk creation.
  19. kyratango

    kyratango Bug jewellery addiction!

    A true and useful kyratisation!
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  20. baltojoe75

    baltojoe75 Well-Known Member

    There was a show on Tv some time ago called "Oddities" about a shop in NY that sold unusual antiques, medical quackery etc...and this would be right up their alley.
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