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Artificial leg, Europe, 1915-1925

Known as a ‘peg-leg’ or ‘socket leg’, this prosthetic leg fits over the remaining part of the left leg above the knee. Made from wood and weighing over 2 kg, the lower part of the leg has been turned and painted. The upper part of the leg is adjustable using leather straps. Peg-legs are among the oldest and simplest of artificial leg designs. As the peg-leg does not bend, the wearer would need support from crutches to move around.

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Glossary: artificial leg

A device, either external or implanted, that substitutes for or supplements a missing or defective part of the body.