Superior quality example made for well off owner, probably a Confederate officer as the wealth spread was much wider in the South. Commercially made to furniture standards and probably by a furniture manufacturer. 51 ½” length made of a single piece, elegantly shaped, stained and furniture finished. Padded armrest. Used by soldiers whose legs were amputated from leg wounds. (Field amputation was the treatment for all limb wounds owing to the inability to fight infection.) Soldiers with leg amputations used their crutches for the rest of their lives. Rare variant.