OLD AXE HEADS - 2 DIFFERENT STYLES - SAME SITE

JEB the Pirate

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My son found these 2 axe heads in the same field near our house recently. They were found approximately 150 yards from one another.

This field is on a site known to be a sugar mill site as well as a Civil War site.

I would greatly appreciate anyone's input on identifying these axe heads along with any suggestions on how to clean them up and preserve them.

Thanks very much!
 

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Tony in SC

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Just my thoughts, I would say the top one came from a blacksmith mid to late 1800s, and the bottom from a hardware store late 1800, early 1900?
 

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Electrolysis is the answer to easy clean up. Simple and inexpensive setup. Check utube. Here are some axe types to judge by.
 

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Neat ax heads & diagrams! The latter should be permanently pinned to an ID reference blog if such a thing exists on TNet.
 

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Just my thoughts, I would say the top one came from a blacksmith mid to late 1800s, and the bottom from a hardware store late 1800, early 1900?

Great dating info Tony! :thumbsup:

I'll often find different ages of axe heads at the same site.
 

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Great dating info Tony! :thumbsup:

I'll often find different ages of axe heads at the same site.

Another thing about ax heads on these old sites is they usually show lots of wear to flat out trashed and it's difficult to even verify the original shape of the ax. It's also said that lots of these patterns have been used continuously for years. So they are mostly hard to date. There are some certain styles that would indicate age if you find them. I love old tools and keep them all. The top ax in the first pic might be a worn out box ax. They usually have a pronounced, rounded cutting edge and when new the blade is much longer than a conventional ax. Along with other uses they were used in the turpentine industry to collect sap from pines.
 

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Pretty cool to dig up some old relics electrolysis a little work they will look awesome
 

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