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Hand forged hatchet hammer

Date: c 1900
Overall: 350 x 162 mm
Medium: Steel(?), wood
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Purchased with USA Bicentennial Gift funds
Classification:Tools and equipment
Object Name: Hatchet
Object No: AX009683

User Terms

    A hand forged hatchet hammer that features one side for hammering and one side for chopping. Possibly a roofing or shingling hatchet.
    SignificanceEarly everyday tools such as this hatchet are often overlooked in historical records but were the mainstay of the building and shipping industry.
    HistoryAs with hammers, planes, chisels, and numerous other antique tools, there was a specialized axe or hatchet for just about every job. Note the cleft in one edge for removing nails.

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