Patella Splint


Perforated nickel-plated splint with paper label that reads “LEVIS’S METALLIC SPLINT / NO. 8 / PATELLA. / FOR CHILDREN.” An inscription reads “LEE’S PATENT / JULY 5TH 1887 / OCT 30TH 1888.” Levis’s splints were designed by (or perhaps to the specifications of) Richard Joseph Levis (1827-1890), a graduate of Jefferson Medical College who practiced medicine and surgery in Philadelphia.

Ref: John Elwood Lee (1860-1914) was a manufacturer in Conshohocken, Pa.

Ref: J. Elwood Lee, “Surgical Splint,” U.S. Patent 390,176 (Sept. 25, 1888), assigned to the J. Elwood Lee Company.

John Elwood Lee, “Metallic Splint,” U.S. Patent 392,157 (Oct. 30, 1888).

Maker: Lee

Location: Currently not on view

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Credit Line: Gift of Marion Huber

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: MG.M-12755Accession Number: 315330Catalog Number: M-12755

Object Name: splint, patella


Record Id: nmah_211042

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