It’s not every day people ask if you’d like to have their grandfather’s leg. But that’s what happened at MUSC’s Waring Historical Library, according to Kay Carter, an associate curator.

The prosthetic was worn by Walter Joseph Sylvia, born in 1874 in Cordsville, S.C. He worked as a brakeman and lost his leg during a rail accident in 1905. His grandson, Walter Tylee, gifted the artifact. The leg and its angled hinge reportedly allowed Sylvia great freedom of movement. The only further aid he needed was a cane.

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