Coal Miner's Prosthetic Leg

Description (Brief)
A coal miner made this artificial lower limb some time before 1977, when the museum acquired it. He used available materials, including a metal bucket for a socket, nails, chain and chicken wire for securing the parts, and a leather boot.
Object Name
leg, prosthetic
prosthesis
date made
n.d.
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
wood (overall material)
leather (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 7 3/4 in x 25 3/4 in x 11 in; 19.685 cm x 65.405 cm x 27.94 cm
overall: 26 in x 7 3/4 in x 7 1/4 in; 66.04 cm x 19.685 cm x 18.415 cm
ID Number
1979.0648.33
catalog number
1979.0648.33
accession number
1979.0648
subject
Health & Medicine
Disabilities
Prosthesis
Disabilities
American Enterprise
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Disabilities
American Enterprise
Exhibition
American Enterprise
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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