Pair of Crutches

Like today, people who had injured their legs or feet used crutches in order to move around. Crutches of the nineteenth century were not as comfortable as today’s and could not be easily adjusted to fit the height of the user.  Rags would sometimes be wrapped around the top to try and make it less painful to use.


Bibliographic Information:

Pair of Crutches, 1850, wood, iron, L 47 x W: 7 x D 1.5 in. The Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown, New York, Gift of Mrs. John Tidgwell, F0090.1952(01-02).