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Looking for opinions of whether these are that old or more modern ?

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They do not appear to me as the ones I see depicted mostly from the Civil War.  The design is a little bit closer to mid-century.(?)  Maybe hand fashioned, though.  The tacky 1970s carpeting on the bottom?  :)

There are some variations on the designs from other countries, maybe just a bit more searching.

Definitely relics, either way.

Molly,

Thanks for your reply. I have purchased many "modern" all wood crutches, but never a pair like these.

I also noticed the carpet/rubber on the bottom of the crutches. Not sure if that was part of the original "design" or added at a later point in time.

Lloyd

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This design seems to be the norm for the earlier wars.  The reinforced middle piece that is now screwed on to hold the two sides together is what came after.  I was actually wondering it they could be vintage for sure, but maybe handmade in some rural area?  The squared pegs are unique and the "leather? bands" are unique.

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One of a kind !?!??!

Potentially?!  Especially if you want them to be!?  ;)

The design is a little bit closer to mid-century.  Maybe hand fashioned, though.

mid 20th century I assume

That bend in the wood under the arm reminds me of cypress.  We knew they were not that antiquated, but just because the square piece is machine made, I think the design is unique and therefore....Potentially ONE OF A KIND! :)  :)

I wonder if there is a forum geared to unique/old medical equipment. I'll have to check

Wikipedia says the first crutch was patented in 1917. The padding was obviously added on at a later date, and probably renewed when they became soiled or worn out. The squared wood bottom legs are unique. I couldn't find any others that look like it. The metal that holds them in place is also squared which indicates they were factory made and not a one of a kind. I'd guess their age at post WW II, 1945-1960.

Thanks Tom for all the research you put into this.

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