Unknown - some type of early hammer or.....?

by Steve
(Minnesota)

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Found this while metal detecting an old habitation dating back to 1700's with continued habitation to current times. Many early fur trade items have been found close by, but I do not think this dates any earlier than 1880, since it does not appear to be hand forged. Roots have grown thru the oval eye and around the piece. Thought that was neat so cut the roots and left them in place while digging it out. Several of us are puzzled by what this is so any help would be most appreciated.

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May 07, 2011
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Unknown - some type of early hammer or.....?
by: Anonymous

It's a hatchet that is completely missing the blade. The pattern is one of the first mass produced (circa 1845), and it is illustrated in Eric Sloane's book, A Museum of Early American Tools.

Later called a shingling hatchet, it was produced well into the 20th Century

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Early Pole Axe?
by: Dan Andrews

Can't see enough of it to be very sure, but the hex end looks like a hammer head. On the bottom, could what appears to be a straight ridge have been the bit(cutting edge) of the axe rusted down short?
I like that you left the root through it. Cool.

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