The famed Kentucky Derby takes place on Saturday, May 5, and that’s also the date of Maine Historical Society’s annual “Mad Hatter” gala, which is part Derby party (including a hat parade and contest!), and part fundraiser. It’s our biggest event of the year. For more info, check out Monday’s blog post on our primary MHS blog.

That’s why a horse theme made its way into today’s mystery artifact guessing game. Despite the many excellent guesses on our Facebook page, none managed to hit upon the right answer. This is a ca. 1820 butteris (or butteress or buttress)–a tool used by a farrier for paring horse hooves. Read more about its function on the Maine Memory Network page for this unique item.

Meanwhile, please consider joining us at the Gala on Saturday. Whether you’ve got a horse in the big race or not, you’ll have a smashing good time!


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