Prosthetic leg worn by Carl Brashear

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Manufactured by
Unidentified
Owned by
Chief Master Brashear, Carl Maxie, American, 1931 - 2006
Medium
fiberglass, synthetic fiber, and elastic
Dimensions
H x W x D: 23 1/4 × 5 1/2 × 11 in. (59.1 × 14 × 27.9 cm)
Type
equipment for personal use: grooming, hygiene and health care
Classification
Tools and Equipment-Medical
Tools and Equipment-Personal use
Exhibition
Double Victory: The African American Military Experience
On View
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Community/Third Floor, 3 053
Date
after 1966
Description
A solid fiberglass prosthetic left leg (including below knee, calf, ankle), and foot. The leg, or laminated frame, is a light brown, with a calf-high black sock taped up around the calf with black tape. The top of the leg, or frame, is cut to fit around the knee (cut lower in the back for joint movement and bending at the knee) and has a leather harness attached, creating a flexible inner socket-like formation. The light-colored leather harness has elastic elements, a silver buckle used for adjusting length, and is attached to the proper left and proper right side of the body of the leg, creating a circular strap that would wrap around the leg, holding it in place. The foot is slightly arched, with the toe area pointed slightly upward. The interior of the leg frame is hollow until about halfway down the calf, where it then comes together at a point. There is a cloth-covered sticker/adhesive strip over the back edge of the leg (behind the knee).
Topic
Health
Military
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of the Carl Brashear Foundation
Object number
2014.66.5
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions

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