Cooper's adze, ca. 1830

Contributed by Davistown Museum


This tool is among the most essential in any cooper’s tool kit. This one was made in Union, Maine at the height of the ship building boom of the 1840’s and 1850’s.
Size: 8" long, 1 1/4" square striking face, 2 9/16" wide.
Signed: "Vaughan, Pardoe & Cox. Union Warranted".

A cooper's adze is fitted with a very short handle adapted for use in a variety of tasks including leveling the end of a barrel and cutting the chime and is often used in place of a hammer. A unique feature is the metal bolt through the entire length of the handle making it virtually indestructible.

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About This Item

  • Title: Cooper's adze, ca. 1830
  • Creator: Vaughan, Pardoe & Cox
  • Creation Date: circa 1830
  • Subject Date: circa 1830
  • Location: Union, ME
  • Media: Cast steel
  • Local Code: 12801T7
  • Collection: Historic Maritime III (1800-1840): Boomtown Years & the Dawn of the Industrial Revolution
  • Object Type: Physical Object

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Davistown Museum
PO Box 346, 58 Main Street #4, Liberty, ME 04949
(207) 288-5126

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