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    The Axe Head Showroom

    Hello All,

    I am starting this post as a showroom for axe heads, whether electrolysis cleaned, or still rusty crusty. Post 'em here.

    There is a large variety in these tools over geography and time, and it will be cool to see everything from trade axes and weapons all the way through more modern tools.


    Cheers,


    Buckles
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    Re: The Axe Head Showroom

    Here's a nice one I dug up from a colonial site near Williamsburg, VA.
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    Re: The Axe Head Showroom

    Nice lathing hatchet, Sentinel! WIDE time span on those! I just dug a strangely proportioned one with a wide, fannned-out blade here in a colonial site in Louisiana.
    2014 CaneField Bandits Totals:
    Three Seated Half Dimes: 1842-O, 1848-O and 1857
    1876-CC and 1887 Seated Dimes
    1876-S Seated Quarter
    185? Large Cent
    Blacksmith-Forged Picket Pin
    1941 Walking Liberty Half Dollar
    1943, 1954, and 1963-D Quarters
    1945 and 1945-S Mercury Dimes
    1864-L Indian Head Cent
    Dateless Shield Nickel
    Indian Head Cents, Wheats, Buffaloes, and GawGag
    OUR 2013 YEAR-END POST: http://www.treasurenet.com/forums/to...-end-post.html
    OUR 2012 YEAR END POST:
    http://www.treasurenet.com/forums/20...ml#post3120940

    Any relics, coins, or other items appearing in my finds signatures were found on PRIVATE PROPERTY with total consent and permission from the owners of said property.

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    Re: The Axe Head Showroom

    First one i have Found in 5 years of metal detecting Dont know how old it is
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    Re: The Axe Head Showroom

    ohdigger,

    Great Axe! I had seen a diagram that listed many different styles of axe head, including yours. I am sure that someone will post it here, or that I'll locate it eventually. Someone will be here that will know more. It will be good to have an online encyclopedia of styles and shapes of axe on this thread.

    Best Wishes,

    Buckles
    2014 CaneField Bandits Totals:
    Three Seated Half Dimes: 1842-O, 1848-O and 1857
    1876-CC and 1887 Seated Dimes
    1876-S Seated Quarter
    185? Large Cent
    Blacksmith-Forged Picket Pin
    1941 Walking Liberty Half Dollar
    1943, 1954, and 1963-D Quarters
    1945 and 1945-S Mercury Dimes
    1864-L Indian Head Cent
    Dateless Shield Nickel
    Indian Head Cents, Wheats, Buffaloes, and GawGag
    OUR 2013 YEAR-END POST: http://www.treasurenet.com/forums/to...-end-post.html
    OUR 2012 YEAR END POST:
    http://www.treasurenet.com/forums/20...ml#post3120940

    Any relics, coins, or other items appearing in my finds signatures were found on PRIVATE PROPERTY with total consent and permission from the owners of said property.

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    Re: The Axe Head Showroom

    Quote Originally Posted by {Sentinel}
    Here's a nice one I dug up from a colonial site near Williamsburg, VA.
    Now there's a beauty!
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    Re: The Axe Head Showroom

    Quote Originally Posted by BuckleBoy
    ohdigger,

    Great Axe! I had seen a diagram that listed many different styles of axe head, including yours. I am sure that someone will post it here, or that I'll locate it eventually. Someone will be here that will know more. It will be good to have an online encyclopedia of styles and shapes of axe on this thread.

    Best Wishes,

    Buckles
    That's a "Rockaway" pattern. Just like the one I just reclaimed for service.
    "A land without ruins is a land without memories -- a land without memories is a land without history." ~ Rev. Abram Joseph Ryan, Poet Laureate of the Confederacy

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    Proud great-great grandson of three Confederate soldiers: John Meredith Crutchfield who served with the 60th Virginia, Maurice Coffey, & John McGann who both served with the 51st Virginia. Grandpa Crutchfield and Grandpa Coffey were both wounded and both served time in Yankee prisons.

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    Re: The Axe Head Showroom

    Here's one I dug on a farm here in the Shenandoah Valley a couple of weeks ago. Soaked it in apple cider vinegar and used a wire brush and Dremel on it. I think this one is known as a "Swamping" pattern. Gotta handle on it now and hanging in my office. My wife thinks its tacky. Also, here's a good reference book on American ax heads:
    http://www.amazon.com/American-Axes-...9236300&sr=8-1

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    "A land without ruins is a land without memories -- a land without memories is a land without history." ~ Rev. Abram Joseph Ryan, Poet Laureate of the Confederacy

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    Proud great-great grandson of three Confederate soldiers: John Meredith Crutchfield who served with the 60th Virginia, Maurice Coffey, & John McGann who both served with the 51st Virginia. Grandpa Crutchfield and Grandpa Coffey were both wounded and both served time in Yankee prisons.

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    Re: The Axe Head Showroom

    Mike at Woodland Detectors shared this in a previous post:

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    "A land without ruins is a land without memories -- a land without memories is a land without history." ~ Rev. Abram Joseph Ryan, Poet Laureate of the Confederacy

    Visit
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    Proud great-great grandson of three Confederate soldiers: John Meredith Crutchfield who served with the 60th Virginia, Maurice Coffey, & John McGann who both served with the 51st Virginia. Grandpa Crutchfield and Grandpa Coffey were both wounded and both served time in Yankee prisons.

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    Re: The Axe Head Showroom

    Someone is cleaning mine up for me :P lol Great idea Buck
    2014 CaneField Bandits Totals:
    Three Seated Half Dimes: 1842-O, 1848-O and 1857
    1876-CC Seated Dime 1876-S Seated Quarter
    185? Large Cent
    Blacksmith-Forged Picket Pin
    1941 Walking Liberty Half Dollar
    1943, 1954, and 1963-D Quarters
    1945 and 1945-S Mercury Dimes
    Indian Head Cents, Wheats, Buffaloes, and GawGag
    OUR 2013 YEAR-END POST: http://www.treasurenet.com/forums/to...-end-post.html
    OUR 2012 YEAR END POST: http://www.treasurenet.com/forums/20...ml#post3120940

    Any relics, coins, or other items appearing in my finds signatures were found on PRIVATE PROPERTY with total consent and permission from the owners of said property.

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    Re: The Axe Head Showroom

    Besides the diagram that Old Stonewall added, this 1929 chart is all I have. It may be the same. I may be able to photograph some pages from my book.

    I think the 2nd pic is from mojjaxs book.
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    Shingling hatchets
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    Here are some not to good pictures of Broad Axes but they show the shapes.
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    Re: The Axe Head Showroom

    Quote Originally Posted by bigcypresshunter
    Besides the diagram that Old Stonewall added, this 1929 chart is all I have. It may be the same. I may be able to photograph some pages from my book.

    I think the 2nd pic is from mojjaxs book.
    That 2nd pic is from Eric Sloane's book, "A Museum of Early American Tools". It's a great book, as are all of Sloane's books.
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    Re: The Axe Head Showroom

    If I brought home every double bit axe head I have found, it would well be over 200. In the last 4 trips out I found 24 and left them all in the woods. Double bit axe heads and logging chains are the most common tools I find in the woods here. Starting with broad axe heads whic average 12" across the blade.
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    Re: The Axe Head Showroom

    Lumbercamp,

    Those are stunning! The variety in your collection alone is astounding!

    I will toss some photos of mine up on this thread soon. I have one that Shane dug, which I will photo and post, and one that I dug (uncleaned as of yet). Both are styles that I have never seen before.

    Best Wishes,


    Buckles
    2014 CaneField Bandits Totals:
    Three Seated Half Dimes: 1842-O, 1848-O and 1857
    1876-CC and 1887 Seated Dimes
    1876-S Seated Quarter
    185? Large Cent
    Blacksmith-Forged Picket Pin
    1941 Walking Liberty Half Dollar
    1943, 1954, and 1963-D Quarters
    1945 and 1945-S Mercury Dimes
    1864-L Indian Head Cent
    Dateless Shield Nickel
    Indian Head Cents, Wheats, Buffaloes, and GawGag
    OUR 2013 YEAR-END POST: http://www.treasurenet.com/forums/to...-end-post.html
    OUR 2012 YEAR END POST:
    http://www.treasurenet.com/forums/20...ml#post3120940

    Any relics, coins, or other items appearing in my finds signatures were found on PRIVATE PROPERTY with total consent and permission from the owners of said property.

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    Re: The Axe Head Showroom

    This is the reason I dig only iron, not coins. A couple years ago on Tnet, someone questioned me 2 times as why I only dig rusty iron and if I was going to sell them for scrap. Some people just don't understand.

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    Here is one I dug in Vicksburg on a nice old lady's land. Was found on top of a ridge. Don't know how old, but it is cool looking.

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    Re: The Axe Head Showroom

    Quote Originally Posted by lumbercamp
    This is the reason I dig only iron, not coins. A couple years ago on Tnet, someone questioned me 2 times as why I only dig rusty iron and if I was going to sell them for scrap. Some people just don't understand.
    Yes, there are some GREAT iron finds to dig out there. Anyone that passed up the shell fragments I dug at my CW spot this winter was missing out. Tools are great finds, and now that I am in a different area, I am marveling at how different the tool styles are from anywhere else I ever lived.

    You know that I am one that appreciates old iron. Over the years I kept buggy steps, crosscut saws, hatchets, axes, wedges, woodworking tools, hammers, wrenches, stirrups, and basically any hand-forged iron piece that I thought was cool. Some folks will never understand. But those who dig iron will...and they will also know what good targets--ferrous and non-ferrous!--others have missed.

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    2014 CaneField Bandits Totals:
    Three Seated Half Dimes: 1842-O, 1848-O and 1857
    1876-CC and 1887 Seated Dimes
    1876-S Seated Quarter
    185? Large Cent
    Blacksmith-Forged Picket Pin
    1941 Walking Liberty Half Dollar
    1943, 1954, and 1963-D Quarters
    1945 and 1945-S Mercury Dimes
    1864-L Indian Head Cent
    Dateless Shield Nickel
    Indian Head Cents, Wheats, Buffaloes, and GawGag
    OUR 2013 YEAR-END POST: http://www.treasurenet.com/forums/to...-end-post.html
    OUR 2012 YEAR END POST:
    http://www.treasurenet.com/forums/20...ml#post3120940

    Any relics, coins, or other items appearing in my finds signatures were found on PRIVATE PROPERTY with total consent and permission from the owners of said property.

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    Re: The Axe Head Showroom

    Quote Originally Posted by BuckleBoy
    Quote Originally Posted by lumbercamp
    This is the reason I dig only iron, not coins. A couple years ago on Tnet, someone questioned me 2 times as why I only dig rusty iron and if I was going to sell them for scrap. Some people just don't understand.
    Yes, there are some GREAT iron finds to dig out there. Anyone that passed up the shell fragments I dug at my CW spot this winter was missing out. Tools are great finds, and now that I am in a different area, I am marveling at how different the tool styles are from anywhere else I ever lived.

    You know that I am one that appreciates old iron. Over the years I kept buggy steps, crosscut saws, hatchets, axes, wedges, woodworking tools, hammers, wrenches, stirrups, and basically any hand-forged iron piece that I thought was cool. Some folks will never understand. But those who dig iron will...and they will also know what good targets--ferrous and non-ferrous!--others have missed.

    Indeed, I too Buck. I've found an exceptional amount of artillery fragments from camps and battle sites that others have passed up while looking for buttons and bullets. In addition, I rather enjoy finding old camp stoves and the heavy iron doors to wood burning stoves that are often found at old sites in the woods. I've restored several of these and there's a plethora of different designs and makers, some of which are magnificent for displaying!



 

 
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