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Antique Anatomical Arm, Dr Auzoux paper mache. Here we have an orphaned arm from an antique anatomical model by Dr. Auzoux. This arm is from a small scale man. Of the examples of full models I was able to find on the internet (in museums), my best guess is that this arm was made sometime during the 1850's-1860's.

Dr Auzoux was the first to make anatomical models from paper mache and his models were the first with removable pieces. These models were sturdy and inexpensive. The story goes that he was frustrated by the shortage of bodies avaliable for dissection and this was his response to that shortage. The French government financed a factory where he produced these models for schools and hospitals.

Arm measures about 18" long

Arm is covered in tiny labels and little numbered circles (that most likely had a reference guide)There is a hook near the top where the arm attatches to the rest of the body. There is another piece of metal sticking out near the hook, but I am unsure of it's purpose. This is a fantastic piece for the collector! (or if you happen to have a body missing the right arm!)

The arm is in fair condition. There is quite a bit of flaking and cracking in the paint (see photos), my undertanding is that is pretty normal for these models. One museum shows thier full body model in similar condition before they restored it. It is pretty dirty, but I think if it is not to be restored that the dirt only adds to it's awesome apperance. Where the paint mixture has flaked off some of the viens you can see the tiny metal wires that were used to make the veins, very cool. Metal is rusty. His fingers have been broken and curve more than they should. You can see all the way to the metal core in the fingers and it is actually kind of cool to see the layers of the model. Personally, I think it is fantastic!

Arm will be VERY carefully packed for shipping if you choose to adopt this little orphan.

Antique Anatomical Arm, 1800's, Dr. Auzoux Paper Mache


  • Vintage item from the 1800s
  • Materials: paper mache, paint, cardboard, metal
  • Only ships within United States.
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