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Museum catalogue: Antarctic Collection


Knee support


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Accession no.: N: 998a
Object name: Knee support
Title: Knee support
Description: A metal knee support with leather straps (N: 998a) designed by E.W. Bingham on the lines of Marsh's knee splint and made for him by W.E. Hampton during the British Graham Land Expedition 1934-37 (Penola). Bingham was suffering from chronically slipped cartilage of the knee; the knee support proved completely successful. The support was held up by a body belt (N: 998b) and blanket padding (N: 998c) provided protection from chafing.
Artist: Hampton, Wilfred Edward
Classified name:
SPRI theme health
Current place name Antarctic regions > British Antarctic Territory > Maritime Antarctic > Antarctic Peninsula > Graham Land
UDC 614.8
Geographic UDC (*726.3)
Getty AAT
Number of items: 1
Full description:

A home-made knee support consisting of a metal frame (a), a body belt (b) and a piece of blanket padding (c). A metal frame consisting of two side pieces, each made from two pieces of metal (which have been taken from something else and repurposed) with a third short piece fixed and pivoted at the join; the side pieces are joined by a curved length of wire, bound with tape, which is fixed to the short piece on either side. Each side piece has four slits in it (three vertical and one horizontal) through which straps are fixed/pass through. The straps are made from bits of leather (which again have been taken from something else and repurposed) which have been roughly stitched or secured with wire, with metal buckles; one strap is made from sealskin. There are four straps for fastening across the leg, which appear to alternate between going over the front or back of the leg, and another two straps at the top (without buckles) for fastening into the body belt.

  • Width: 170mm, length: 370mm
Associated person(s):
  • Used by: Bingham, Edward William (1934 - 1937)
  • : Hampton, Wilfred Edward (1934 - 1937)
Associated expedition(s):
  • Used on: British Graham Land Expedition 1934-37 (Penola) (1934 - 1937)
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