Used by soldiers whose legs were amputated from leg wounds and as 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, 45 ½” length with leather covered padded arm rest. Shows wear but sound and complete double struts with hand grip secured by a pin. One brass pin end cover lacking. The tip originally with a metal cover now lacking but showing long use in that condition. Soldiers with leg amputations used their crutches for the rest of their lives. Iconic.