Artificial Leg patent model

Artificial Leg patent model

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Addison Spalding of Lowell, Massachusetts, obtained a patent for artificial legs in 1855, and submitted this model with his patent application. Spalding then manufactured legs of this sort for a dozen years or so.
Ref: Addison Spalding, “Construction of Artificial Legs,” U.S. Patent 13,404 (Aug. 7, 1855).
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Object Name
leg, prosthetic
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Medicine and Science: Medicine, Prostheses
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National Museum of American History
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