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Wooden leg of Gouverneur Morris

Is owned by NYHS: 
Yes
Wooden leg of Gouverneur Morris
Wooden leg of Gouverneur Morris
Wooden leg of Gouverneur Morris
Title
Wooden leg of Gouverneur Morris
Date 
ca. 1780
Medium 
Oak, leather, metal
Dimensions 
Overall: 42 1/2 x 14 1/2 in. ( 108 x 36.8 cm )
Description 
Turned and carved oak prosthetic leg made in two sections; lower section tapers downward and has knob at base; upper section attached with metal ring and screws and forms U-shape with one side twice as long as the other; center of U lined with green leather; short side has slots for tie to secure leg; mounted on circular wooden base with metal rods.
Credit Line 
Gift of Mrs. Frederick Menzies
Object Number 
1954.148
Gallery Label 
This artifical limb was used by Founding Father Gouverneur Morris (1752-1816), who lost his left leg in a carriage accident at the age of twenty-eight. The gallant statesman was notorious for his many affairs, and rumors persisted that his injury resulted from jumping out a window to escape a jealous husband.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group