A colonial axehead

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I found this axehead last spring about half a mile from the venango path, near Kennerdell Pa. I had assumed that it was from the late 1800s, judging by the area's history. However, a friend and I brought it to a blacksmith at a civil war reenactor's encampment and he told us it was probably from the mid 1700s. I was blown away to find something so old, in fact this axe head is arguably my oldest find. I returned to the site I had found it and came across a handfull of nails, a horseshoe, a thimble, and two pieces of metal that I think are for holding pots. I plan on going back to the site to locate where these artifacts came from, hopefully I find a home site from the 1750s-60s.
 

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I found this axehead last spring about half a mile from the venango path, near Kennerdell Pa. I had assumed that it was from the late 1800s, judging by the area's history. However, a friend and I brought it to a blacksmith at a civil war reenactor's encampment and he told us it was probably from the mid 1700s. I was blown away to find something so old, in fact this axe head is arguably my oldest find. I returned to the site I had found it and came across a handfull of nails, a horseshoe, a thimble, and two pieces of metal that I think are for holding pots. I plan on going back to the site to locate where these artifacts came from, hopefully I find a home site from the 1750s-60s.
Nice!!! Congrats!!!
 

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You found Davy Crockett's axe! Or more likely someone who heard of Davy Crockett. Maybe it's the axe they used to slay a bear!
 
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To support Radon's suggestion, note how close the blade end is to where the handle was attached. Usually there is more distance, suggesting that this head has been sharpened a great many times.
The blacksmith said the reason for this is that the blade is that the axe is iron but it had a steel wedge for a blade. The iron survived, but the steel did not. It's also possible that the steel broke off elsewhere and that's why they got rid of the axe.
 

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