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Where: Beermann Plaza at 640 5th St.

When: Open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays

Free: Donations always accepted

Most readers didn't know the purpose of last week’s mystery item.

OK, only one reader knew.

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Last week’s mystery item

Larry Lynn had the right way to solve the mystery item puzzle by going to the source.

“I actually stopped in to the museum to check out this week’s item. Based on the picture, I thought it was a post hole digger. But after seeing it in person, I decided it was a cattle horn cutter. Also referred to as a bull horn cutter.  Further research told me it had a patent date of Aug. 8, 1892.

 Last week's cast iron, lethal-looking instrument is an antique livestock dehorner for cattle, sheep and goats. It is quite heavy and now sits in the blacksmith’s shop at the museum.

Mark Burdick, a Roseville resident who enjoys hunting for vintage and antique items, loaned this tool among other items to the museum.

Cattle dehorners such as this one were used to protect the animal and the farmer or rancher dealing with the animals, according to Lincoln Area Archives Museum docents..

The Lincoln Area Archives Museum will be closed for holiday break from Tuesday to Nov. 27. If you planned on visiting the museum after your Thanksgiving dinner, why not instead visit the museum today, Friday or Saturday?

- Carol Feineman