Crutch, patent model

Crutch, patent model

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Description
Joshua Whittemore (b. 1814) was a Bostonian who moved to South Reading (now Wakefield) in 1849, lost a leg in a railroad accident, designed a spring crutch, and submitted this model with his patent application. Whittemore displayed a patent elastic crutch at the 1874 exhibition of the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanics Association and took home a bronze medal.
Ref: Joshua Whittemore, “Improvement in Crutches,” U.S. Patent 36,743 (Oct. 21, 1862).
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Object Name
Crutch, Patent Model
crutch, patent model
Date made
1862
Place Made
United States: Massachusetts, Wakefield
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
fabric (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 1 1/4 in x 25 3/8 in x 5 in; 3.175 cm x 64.4525 cm x 12.7 cm
overall: 25 in x 5 in; 63.5 cm x 12.7 cm
ID Number
MG.309032.06
accession number
309032
catalog number
1974.309032.06
accession number
1974.309032
patent number
36,743
Credit Line
Gift of The American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine thru Mr. Creston Herold
subject
Disabilities
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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