Mortising axe, ca. 1850

Contributed by Davistown Museum


This edge tool has been torturously forged and shows a clearly hand forged natural steel cutting edge. The mark on the
handle indicates this tool might have once been in an institutional collection. It was found at a Massachusetts estate. This
ax is typical of one that would be found in an early colonial shipyard. It has an obscured signature that suggests it was
made by an enterprising colonial blacksmith for New England's shipbuilding industry.
Size: 9 1/4" long, 15/16" wide cutting edge, 3 5/16" long and 1" wide poll, 24 1/2" long handle
Marked: "J254" on handle.

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About This Item

  • Title: Mortising axe, ca. 1850
  • Creation Date: circa 1850
  • Subject Date: circa 1850
  • Location: ME
  • Media: Metal, wood
  • Local Code: 102904T3
  • 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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