It followed me home (Part 2)

Discussion in 'Axe, Tomahawk, & Hatchet Forum' started by Steve Tall, Jun 12, 2014.

  1. Miller '72

    Miller '72

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    Jul 25, 2017
    "War of The Rebellion"....A great article and a great read!!
    "South Manchester", just "Manchester" now... silk manufacturer to rifles!!!
    Wish our media wrote like this still...such descriptive prose. Reads like a story not blocks of facts.

    Thanks Steve!!
    I have been bookmarking when you add a link :)

    Between Collins, Rogers and Billings & Spencer...I have a bit of CT history to search for now at the garage/estate/tag sales in my parts!!
    B&S made C clamps also...
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  2. Miller '72

    Miller '72

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    Jul 25, 2017
    Great read!!
    "War of The Rebellion".
    South Manchester...just Manchester now.
    They don't write like this anymore!!

    From silk manufacturer to rifles!!
    And C clamps too
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    Such rich history in my backyard and in my garage and tool boxes!!
    Billings and Spencer, Collins,
    R mfg co Very Best 78...
     
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  3. jblyttle

    jblyttle Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 3, 2014
    At least one, yes. PM me if interested.
     
  4. rjdankert

    rjdankert Basic Member Basic Member

    Mar 10, 2011
    From the link by Agent_H quoted at the top of this post:

    "In 1915 Billings & Spencer raised additional capital to fund expansion, and the company name was changed to "The Billings & Spencer Company" as part of a reincorporation. An article on page 903 of the October 30, 1915 issue of Automobile Topics entitled Billings & Spencer Capital Increased notes that the capital had been increased to $300,000 and the company reincorporated, with a slightly different name. (The small change in the company name turns out to be useful in estimating manufacturing dates.)"​


    Bob
     
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  5. Miller '72

    Miller '72

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    Jul 25, 2017
    1915 restructuring and expansion. Excellent source of information!!!
    Thank you RJDankert! I am really digging into Billings & Spencer, as usual anything in or from CT gets me.
     
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  6. Agent_H

    Agent_H Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 21, 2013
    Um, there is a whole lot of A-1 sleuth in this forum!

    It's funny how $3 can bring entertainment to so many. The wrap was hiding a small lift in the grain - cleaned it out, glued it, and set it the sun to dry.
    Pretty much disappears to the eye and hand.

    The bottom of the handle is stamped 2 1/2 as well - the mention of care in hanging is a lost virtue today.
     
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  7. jblyttle

    jblyttle Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 3, 2014
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  8. Agent_H

    Agent_H Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 21, 2013
    So many great tools. The broad/hewing axe in the rear is equipped with a beautiful handle.
     
  9. Miller '72

    Miller '72

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    Jul 25, 2017
    Really nice collection there!!
    I am immediately drawn to the large handled wood carving/chisel(?) near the center!
     
  10. Beachlogger

    Beachlogger

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    Dec 27, 2015
    I've always wondered and never asked but why does the linesmans hatchet have a square hole in the blade?
     
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  11. phantomknives

    phantomknives

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    Mar 31, 2016
    thats a wrench, there were a few posts about it a while ago
     
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  12. Steve Tall

    Steve Tall

    Aug 28, 2010
    "BELL SYSTEM HATCHET... Numerous examples have been observed that include a square opening cut through the hatchet blade. Such hatchets are referred to as hatchet-wrenches because the square opening accommodated the square bolt heads used to secure different apparatus to utility poles."

    From http://www.yesteryearstools.com/Yesteryears Tools/Stanley Axes.html
     
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  13. Miller '72

    Miller '72

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    Jul 25, 2017
    Thanks guys for mentioning that hatchet wrench!
    Stevetall I will read that link up in a few after my mother in law leaves...I just got the eye ball from the Mrs LOL!!
    ...but Stanley is a CT tool Co and I am a sucker for anything CT!! Thanks!!
     
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  14. Beachlogger

    Beachlogger

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    Dec 27, 2015
    Thanks for the explanation
     
  15. Miller '72

    Miller '72

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    Jul 25, 2017
    So. It didn't follow me home, rather my mum(mother in law), came for a visit bearing this little beauty as a gift to me!
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    I am not familiar with the mark, and since my wife and family are all from Great Britain, the story told to me today, this could be grandad's from England...passed on to my wife's oldest brother whom now lives in Texas!
    Yes I am a CT Yankee married to a Brit :)

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    There he is...little guy, I can't wait to use him!!!
    I did not find any other obvious markings so far other than the one pictures, and I have cleaned it up a bit using a rag and WD-40.
    Knowing what maker and era is all I am curious about, if its from England that will just make it easier for me with my wife to keep going to the garage every free moment LOL!!!

    Thanks for looking and I look forward to hearing your opinions and learning more about this hatchet but more so, learning more about the processes used in identifying.
    Thanks again!

    Miller from CT
     
  16. phantomknives

    phantomknives

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    Mar 31, 2016
    dont see that raised edge too often
     
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  17. Steve Tall

    Steve Tall

    Aug 28, 2010
    A similar hatchet was discussed earlier, with raised lip around cutting edge and a backwards capital B with an underline, but no positive ID was made.

    https://www.bladeforums.com/threads/raised-cutting-edge-hatchet-help-identify-please.1439264/
     
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  18. Miller '72

    Miller '72

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    Jul 25, 2017
  19. Square_peg

    Square_peg

    Feb 1, 2012
    Looks like cast iron.
     
  20. Miller '72

    Miller '72

    55
    Jul 25, 2017
    As soon as I read the posting in the link that mentioned cast, I agree 100% it's cast.
    It feels like cast, and it looks like cast as I cleaned it up a bit.

    If it looks like, smells like, even tastes like...it must be.

    Miller
     

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