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Got this today. OD plastic grip makes me think (hope) that it's WW2 issued. Anyone know?

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I am puzzling over an army which would have so many invalids that they contracted to have canes made in quantity. A general hospital might have a need for canes, which raises the question of whether limited quantity specialized garrison hospital material was contracted or purchased on the open market.

 

I was hoping it might have been BG Theodore Roosevelt Jr's cane, but he seems to have used a different pattern

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There must have been thousands of crutches and canes issued out. Just what do they look like?


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Hello RobinB,

 

I have been fascinated by your cane since you posted it. I recall seeing a barrel full of them as a kid in an Army Navy store in the early 70's (right next to the barrel of mausers & carcanos). It only makes sense that the Army would have a need for them during convalescence as it would be part of the care of a wounded soldier. They also had a need for crutches, wheelchairs, etc. so a cane only makes sense. So, that being said I did a little digging and found that they were indeed part of the TO&E (TO&E 8-590) of the Army Field Hospitals. Rather than repost the wonderful research from the folks at the Med-Depot website here is the link:

 

http://www.med-dept.com/medical-item-database/class-7/37/

 

The Army had a cane, walking item #7740000 as listed on the site above.

 

Hope this helps.

 

TH1


Collector of WWI US Navy "Donald Duck" Caps and Hat Tallies - Looking for Tallies from the USS Carp & USS Chauncey

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Very good! I looked on his web site but not in that section. Thanks a bunch!


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