Help With Axe Markings (Updated)

Discussion in 'Axe, Tomahawk, & Hatchet Forum' started by The Warrior, Jul 23, 2011.

  1. The Warrior

    The Warrior Insane Viking Moderator

    Mar 11, 2011
    Got this double bit axe at a garage sale years ago http://www.bladeforums.com/forums/showthread.php/865612-Garage-Sale-Finds?p=9804229#post9804229 and wondered if anyone could help me with what markings do show up. Obviously it's a Kelly True Temper, but what about the others?

    You can faintly see three numbers, perhaps zeros, then the 0 with an x through it, and it continues on into the US-ENG stamp:

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    The US-ENG stamp:

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    A view of the whole marking:

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    Kelly world's finest stamp:

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    Then, on the other side, the True Temper Kelly Works stamp:

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    And what appears to be perhaps the weight?

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    Any help appreciated.
     
    Last edited: Mar 7, 2014
  2. Pipeman

    Pipeman

    Dec 2, 2004
  3. The Warrior

    The Warrior Insane Viking Moderator

    Mar 11, 2011
    Thanks for the heads up brother, very much appreciated.
     
  4. Operator1975

    Operator1975

    Sep 24, 2010
    So what was the verdict here? Lot of times you get personalized markings on axes, which in most cases takes the value down. Just wondering what Tom had to say.
     
  5. The Warrior

    The Warrior Insane Viking Moderator

    Mar 11, 2011
    Sorry, I got a little busy, and forgot all about this. I just sent the e-mail. Will post if I find anything out.
     
  6. The Warrior

    The Warrior Insane Viking Moderator

    Mar 11, 2011
    Here's the response I received from Tom:

    "Not knowing where the axe was found (even generally speaking) adds to the difficultly to comment but I will give it a shot. Location where found sometimes provides a clue.

    Assumptions/comments.

    • It appears to me to be a double bit axe. No full profile photo that I can see so I judge by a partial edge.
    • The 3 2 marking represents the weight ... 3 1/2 pounds
    • The US & ENG mark appears to be hand stamped (irregular alignment and different sizes) suggesting a do-it-yourself marking source.
    • Dating is probably between mid to late 1930s possibly as late as the late 1940s. (based on the combined manufacturer's marks)
    • The stamped numerals may be a date, the sequence of which may be year - month - day
    (1 not visible) 9 3 3/6/8/9 (possibles) 11 ... example: 1936 9 11 (Sept. 11, 1936)
    If they are actually a date the sequence may be English.
    • The X was added later but I know not why.

    Collective guess ...
    A double bit Kelly True Temper axe made in late 1930s used by a joint adventure group, camp group or expedition that, when time permitted, marked the axe to commemorate some event."

    Thank you very much Tom.
     
  7. bearhunter

    bearhunter

    Sep 12, 2009
    that is really cool! awful nice of the fellow to help you out.
    wow, what a find! a nice old axe from the 30's-40's.
    last week i asked this fellow i know that goes to auctions and estate sales all the time, to look for old axe heads for me. maybe he can come up with something like that...
     
  8. The Warrior

    The Warrior Insane Viking Moderator

    Mar 11, 2011
    Yeah, that was awesome of him to take the time to respond. Was very much appreciated.
     

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