Made of steel and brass, this late 19th century artificial limb dating back to Victorian England looks menacingly creepy. The unusual prosthetic arm now resting at the London Science Museum could articulate in various ways such as the curling up and straightening out of the fingers. Also the elbow joint could be released by moving the spring and the wrist rotated.
Looking at the design it seems questionable whether the arm could be engaged in a precise motion or the fingers used to grasp or hold things. For all its awesome looks the arm could never have made life as easy and self-reliant for the handicapped in those times as the redesigned modern limb which enables greater functionality due to advancements in prosthetic technology.