A small double bit axe weighing 2.5 pounds on a straight octagon Hickory handle with black walnut wedge. Extremely uncommon size for an etched head.
E. Garnich & Sons Hardware Company axe out of Ashland Wisconsin, made by the Kelly axe mfg co. Exact time frame is hard to locate, estimates are 1840s to 1930s. Acid-etched axes like this one, was a process most commonly used between 1880 and 1930s. Being a hardware store axe, a large axe manufacturing company would have provided a bulk quantity of axes to the particular store, with a custom logo or store design on the head as advertisement for the company, a more lasting impression than paper labels, this method was left behind as the years progressed for being to time-consuming and expensive. Sadly an example of quantity over quality, as our country aged.
We restore vintage axes that range from 50 years to almost 200 year old. Because of the age and the nature of a striking tool, there may be signs of use such as tool marks, mushrooming, pitting, minor distortions, chips, etc. Vintage handles may have the following signs of use; chips, pits, dents, cracks, holes, etc. When these signs of use affect performance they are fixed, but otherwise considered cosmetic in nature and part of the charm of a vintage axe.
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