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Farrier's Driving Hammer
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Title: Farrier's Driving Hammer
Identifier: 975.3.5
Donor: Purchased: Noble McGirr Auction
Item Date: 1820-1890
Location: Bradley Museum

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Description: Metal hammer head, flat head with 2 gently curving prongs, wooden handle.

A farrier is a specialist in equine hoof care, including the trimming and balancing of horses' hooves and the placing of shoes on their hooves. A farrier combines some blacksmith's skills (fabricating, adapting, and adjusting metal shoes) with some veterinarian's skills (knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the lower limb) to care for horses' feet. _

For more information: Early Blacksmith's Tool, Reference ' A Museum of Early American Tools" by Eric Sloane. New York: Ballantyne Books, 1964. Page 90.
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