About this objectA custom made timber peg leg. Leg is made of 3 wooden parts.
1. A long shaft of timber which tapers from 11 cm at the bottom to 7 cm at the top. This shaft is attached by nuts and bolts, nails and screws to...
2. A solid rectangular block of timber 15 cm deep with a turned solid cylinder (29 cm) at the base. Both the rectangular lock and the peg leg have split and been bolted together.
The base of the peg leg is protected by leather inside and a rubber shoe nailed on to the base of the cylinder.
3. On the outer side is a short, broad timber piece (L. 18 cm, L. 10 cm) which has been nailed and screwed onto the main peg leg rectangular block. On the outside of this piece is nailed 2 pieces of leather.
One is a leather loop through which 2 leather straps are buckled together to add length. The strap goes through another loop and is buckled around the leg of the wearer (this loop is on the bottom part of the long shaft).
4. At the top of the rectangular timber block is a cotton pad cover which holds padding of cloth, foam, sewn cotton filling to soften the point of contact with the amputated lower leg. the cotton pad cover is nailed on to the timber on both sides.
On short timber side an extra piece of cloth is tacked on to the outer side.