Artificial leg, Europe, 1915-1925

Made:
1915-1925 in Europe
maker:
Unknown

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Peg-leg or "Socket" leg with a wooden self adjustable socket for a left above knee amputee. Made c.1920. (Weight: 4.75 lbs 2.1 kg).

Known as a ‘peg-leg’ or ‘socket leg’, this prosthetic leg fits over the remaining part of the left leg above the knee. Made from wood and weighing over 2 kg, the lower part of the leg has been turned and painted. The upper part of the leg is adjustable using leather straps.

Peg-legs are among the oldest and simplest of artificial leg designs. As the peg-leg does not bend, the wearer would need support from crutches to move around.

Details

Category:
Orthopaedics
Object Number:
1999-422
Materials:
leather, metal, paint, wood, wool
type:
artificial leg
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • prosthesis
  • artificial limb
credit:
Richmond Twickenham and Roehampton Healthcare NHS Trust
status:
Permanent collection

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