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Object Name CRUTCH
Catalog Number 0985.03.00130, a
Date ca. 1862
Description The two crutches are a pair, made of wood and have cloth arm pads stuffed with horse hair and covered in leather. One arm pad is in poor condition, almost completely torn away from the crutch, leaving the stuffing exposed and tears in the leather and fabric. The other crutch is in fair condition; the leather is torn underneath and slightly on the side. The bottom of both crutches have metal "sleeves" about three inches up. Each crutch also has a stamp on both sides near the center arm handle which reads, "WHITTEMORE WAKEFIELD MASS / PATENTED OCT. 1862."
Dimensions H-55 inches
Owned Alexander H. Stephens; A. G. Grier
Made Whittemore, Wakefield, Massachusetts, USA
Provenance Alexander H. Stephens used this pair of crutches; he was Vice-President of the Confederacy and a member of the Cabinet. Stephens gaves the crutches to his cousin, Capt. A. G. Grier, step-father of the donor.
People Stephens, Alexander Hamilton
Grier, A. G.
Subjects Medical equipment & supplies
Medical care