Used by soldiers whose legs were amputated from leg wounds and illustrated in standard references. (Field amputation was the treatment for all limb wounds owing to the inability to fight infection.) This example of Civil War production and use, 47 ½” length with leather covered padded shoulder rest. Now well-worn with the pad lacking and the leather borders only remaining. Clearly used for years in this condition and likely served the soldier to whom it was issued into his old age.