Origin: French or English
Period: Late Victorian
Provenance: Unknown
Date: c.1900
Height: 22.5”
Depth: 6.5”
Width: 5”

The scarce child’s polio leg brace or caliper, and original leather shoe, the whole constructed of metal, cow hide and differing leathers, to allow for the physical affects of the disease and surviving from the first decade of the twentieth century and probably France.

The condition of the brace is thoroughly charming with the leather showing signs of obvious wear commensurate with use and age. We haven’t cleaned or oiled them as they are best preserved and presented as found.

Poliomyelitis or Polio is a highly infectious viral disease which attacks the nervous system and, once contracted, can lead to total paralysis within a few hours. To date, there is no cure for polio and it typically affected children, but adults were not immune. It became a major public health issue in late Victorian times with major epidemics in Europe and the United States.

If you have an imagination, then this piece tells a sad but important story and this is now a standalone museum worthy sculptural piece with a real evocative aura.