Out of the Museum

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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

We couldn’t trick readers last month and that trend continues the first week of April.

If you know what the item above is, which is featured at the Lincoln Area Archives Museum, please send answers to Answers will appear in next week’s newspaper.

The Lincoln Area Archives Museum is downtown at 640 5th St. Museum hours are from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays at 640 5th St.

BJ Holscher: “This week’s item is a boot jack for removing boots.”

Ada Towers: “It looks like a boot jack to me.”

Susan Worthington: “It appears to me to be a ‘boot taker offer,’ aka boot jack.”

Paul Long: “It is a boot jack or boot puller. The one in the photo was reproduced in the 1960s. Originals have fine detailing in their castings.”

Last week’s mystery item is indeed a boot jack.  Boot jacks are made of cast iron or wood.  Boot jacks continue to be made today. The tool is also called a “boot puller.”

It has a U-shaped mouth that grips the heel and the leg is pulled out of the boot. A weight is sometimes added to the flat piece.

According to “The Antique Reader,” 239 bootjacks were patented in the United States between 1852 and 1995.  The devices are collectable items. However, care needs to be taken as the vintage models are being reproduced for today’s collectors.

Thousands of items that historically have made life easier can be seen at the Lincoln Area Archives Museum, 640 5th St. Tuesdays through Saturdays.