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Discussion in 'Axe, Tomahawk, & Hatchet Forum' started by cooperhill, Apr 18, 2012.
Looks like a Maine head to me, but I can't find any marks aside from the Keen Kutter logo. It's a 3lb head.
IMG_20180408_202558 by Justin Lyttle, on Flickr
IMG_20180408_202604 by Justin Lyttle, on Flickr
Witherell 1918 2-3/4lb head.
IMG_20180511_204821 by Justin Lyttle, on Flickr
IMG_20180511_204826 by Justin Lyttle, on Flickr
IMG_20180511_204811 by Justin Lyttle, on Flickr
Any ideas who made this 2.5lb head for B&D? It's a great head.
IMG_20180622_190731 by Justin Lyttle, on Flickr
IMG_20180622_190736 by Justin Lyttle, on Flickr
IMG_20180622_190745 by Justin Lyttle, on Flickr
Looks vaguely northeastern.
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.
from The Iron Age, January 2, 1890, page 29
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.
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.
guys could this be a maine? it's got a full size eye but the bits look pretty lengthy and obviously no diamond eye
Based on that pic alone I would guess no.
when I get home I can take one in comparison to another head and weigh it
i believe you to be right mr. lyttle, it's 2 3/4 pounds out of 3
Is that the Woodslasher??
yes it is, i completely forgot until i went to take this picture
Also, Maine heads and Oakland heads in particular tend to have very straight forge weld lines.
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.
I have a couple new additions. Used for sure, but I like them.
1951 E & S from the Maine Central Railroad
and an LL Bean S & N
3 of my Emerson & Stevens
3 of my Emerson & Stevens
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