This is a hand-forged hatchet. I acquired it from a man at my local farmers market. He was an older gentleman and couldn't recall who he got it from but said it was roughly 40-50 years ago. The head is hung on a vintage Excel Sall Hickory handle from the O.P. Link Handle Company previously based in Salem, Indiana. The company was founded in 1923 and closed in 2003 after being bought out by Seymour Manufacturing Company.
This is a beautiful, solid piece. I removed some rust, painted and stained the handle, leaving the Excel Sall logo. I then hand sharpened the blade.
This is a one of a kind piece that makes a great working tool, collectable item or first piece for a young enthusiast.