Ankle Splint

Description:

Perforated aluminum ankle splint with paper label that reads in part “LEVIS'S METALLIC SPLINT / . . . 16 ADULT / EXTERNAL / ANKLE / LEE’S PATENT.” Levis splints were designed by (or perhaps to the specifications of) Dr. Richard Joseph Levis (1827-1890), a graduate of Jefferson Medical College who practiced medicine and surgery in Philadelphia. The patent was issued to John Elwood Lee (1860-1914), a manufacturer in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania.

Ref: J. Elwood Lee, “Manufacture of Sheet-Metal Splints,” U.S. Patent 376,666 (Jan. 17, 1888).

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Credit Line: Gift of William P. Evans

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: MG.M-07294.30Catalog Number: M-07294.30Accession Number: 217731

Object Name: splint

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b3-249a-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1821397

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