Invention for Improvement in Artificial Legs

Description (Brief)
Parmelee’s “Artificial Leg” included an atmospheric pressure-conforming rubber bucket molded from the patient’s remaining limb. Parmelee held several patents using India-rubber.
Currently not on view
Object Name
artificial leg
leg, prosthetic, patent model
date made
patent date
Parmelee, Dubois D.
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
overall, as stored: 3 1/4 in x 9 3/8 in x 10 1/8 in; 8.255 cm x 23.8125 cm x 25.7175 cm
overall: 17 cm x 8 cm; 6 11/16 in x 3 5/32 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
patent number
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Industry & Manufacturing
Health & Medicine
Patent Models
Family & Social Life
Invention and the Patent Model
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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