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Maine Axes -post 'em up

Discussion in 'Axe, Tomahawk, & Hatchet Forum' started by cooperhill, Apr 18, 2012.

  1. droppoint1

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  3. jblyttle

    jblyttle Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 3, 2014
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    jblyttle Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 3, 2014
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    jblyttle Gold Member Gold Member

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  6. Square_peg

    Square_peg Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 1, 2012
    Looks vaguely northeastern.
     
  7. Steve Tall

    Steve Tall

    Aug 28, 2010
    An unexpected twist: Kelly made axes for Bigelow & Dowse in the New England, Maine, and Wedge patterns, etc., according to this article from 1890:

    A carload of Axes has recently been shipped by the Kelly Axe Mfg Company, Louisville Ky, to Bigelow & Dowse, Boston Mass, their New England agents. This lot of Axes consisted of an assortment of New England, Maine, and Wedge Pattern Single Bits, Perfect Double Bits, Boys Axes, and Men's Handled Axes. The car containing them was placarded liberally with a handsome poster illustrating the Axes and calling attention to the New England agency the regular use of these posters being in connection with the sale of the goods by Bigelow & Dowse. This poster gives illustrations of the Kelly Perfect Axe which is made under recent patents showing it double bitted and in the Maine and New England patterns single bit. It is an interesting and suggestive fact to find New England in this manner drawing on Kentucky for Axes and at the same time it illustrates the enterprise with which the manufacturers are putting on the market this important line of goods.

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    from The Iron Age, January 2, 1890, page 29
     
  8. jblyttle

    jblyttle Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 3, 2014
    I still feel like a Maine maker made it based on the markings. I have seen them before I just can't place them. I'll try to look through my old pics for a style match.
     
  9. crbnSteeladdict

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    Thanks Steve,
    This is amazing info.... Now we "ONLY" need Kelly, and Bigelow & Dowse catalogs from 19th century. :)
    I am curious when Kelly started making Rockaway axes.
     
  10. phantomknives

    phantomknives

    Mar 31, 2016
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    guys could this be a maine? it's got a full size eye but the bits look pretty lengthy and obviously no diamond eye
     
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  11. jblyttle

    jblyttle Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 3, 2014
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    Based on that pic alone I would guess no.
     
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  12. phantomknives

    phantomknives

    Mar 31, 2016
    when I get home I can take one in comparison to another head and weigh it
     
  13. phantomknives

    phantomknives

    Mar 31, 2016
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    i believe you to be right mr. lyttle, it's 2 3/4 pounds out of 3
     
  14. Brian Rust

    Brian Rust

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    Nov 14, 2017
    Is that the Woodslasher??
     
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  15. phantomknives

    phantomknives

    Mar 31, 2016
    yes it is, i completely forgot until i went to take this picture
     
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  16. jblyttle

    jblyttle Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 3, 2014
    Also, Maine heads and Oakland heads in particular tend to have very straight forge weld lines.
     
  17. ithinkverydeeply

    ithinkverydeeply Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 17, 2018
    Pretty happy with this 2.5lb NOS S&N Axe I picked up. It’s in pristine condition with most of the wax still on it.

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