Tag Archives: Hands

1550: Le Petit Lorrain

Ambroise Paré’s designed this mechanical hand—which he named “Le Petit Lorrain” — in the 1550’s for a French Army captain. The thumb is stationary, but a mechanical lever operates the other fingers.  This illustration is taken from a 1663 edition … Continue reading

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1884: Joseph Arch’s Hands

Born the son of a farmworker, Joseph Arch started work at the age of nine—first as a crow-scarer, then as a plough-boy. Eventually, he mastered a range of skills that allowed him to move around the Midlands and South Wales, … Continue reading

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