1) From the French <i>boutoir</i>, an instrument used in various trades for punching or boring holes, found especially in farriers’ workshops where it served to pare horses’ hooves.

1423 j incude magna … de ferro … et de vjd receptis pro j botour, York

1592 a peire of tongues … a buttrye 3 punches, South Cave. In 1638 there were 2 buttresses in the workshop of the Elmswell blacksmith.

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dates 1423 1592 1638

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