16th century artificial hand

The loss of limbs in the Middle Ages and Renaissance was a fact of life, so it is no surprise that armorers were employed to fabricate prosthetic hands. One, made of iron, is featured on the My Armoury.com website. (photo)

The iron hand, dating to 1580 and measuring 12 1/2 in  (30 cm) and weighing 1 pound (0.5 kg), is "furnished with a movable thumb and paired fingers, internal ratchet mechanism and external push-button release, and a tubular socket comprising of a long outer plate fretted with a pattern of repealed chevrons, and short inner section formed of plain and scalloped riveted strips, each fitted with buckles for the attachment of a harness."