Dorrance No. 3 Split Hook Prosthetic Hand Attachment


Dorrance No. 3 Split Hook Prosthetic Hand Attachment

The first record of an artificial hand is an iron hand fitted to a Roman general who lost his own hand during war, in about 200 BC. Various types of metal hook have been referenced throughout history, but in the 1890’s, D. W. Dorrance developed the split hook which survives today.

This particular model is the Dorrance No. 3 hook, a voluntary opening terminal device of highly specialised design, sometimes used by farmers, labourers, mechanics, and others engaged in various kinds of manual work. It features a large opening for shovels and tabs for holding nails.

There are various models of Dorrance split hooks available to this day.

I estimate this model to be from around the 1950s. It has the rubbed band (for tension) in place, and is in excellent condition. A fantastic collection piece.

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