1500s: Artificial Hand

Gottfried von Berlichingen's artificial hand

“Gottfried von Berlichingen (c. 1480-1562) also known as Götz of the Iron Hand, was a German Imperial Knight and mercenary. 

Gottfried von Berlichingen's artificial hand

“During the siege of the city of Landshut, he lost his right arm when enemy cannon fire forced his sword against him. He had a mechanical prosthetic iron replacement made, capable of holding objects from a sword to a feather pen.”

- Wikipedia

Gottfried von Berlichingen's artificial hand

8 Responses

  1. Daniël Leeuwenberg

    So why then is this a left hand? Or has the picture been reversed? mmm…

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  2. Daniël Leeuwenberg

    PS I would love to see the insides of it, how it functions. Any chance of giving us that insight?

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  3. Julia

    I am amazed the original owner lived for 82 years. And I was wondering why it was a left one too, thank you for clarifying.

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  4. Random Devotchka

    You guys! Here is the proof! “The Evil Dead” Happened! Next we will find his “Boom Stick”!!!!!!

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