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Title: Dating of an Old Axe - Could it be 1830's or not?
Post by: wdoughertyiii on May 16, 2018, 10:38:22 AM
Hello:
Ive been trying to learn more about an old axe that was passed down in my family. I recently discovered several old tool catalogs from the 1860s and 1870s which I believe may identify it as a New York style axe. I dont believe youll find the maker listed in a book of markings, as I and others have searched with no avail. The name is too hard to read though it appears to start with a W.A.. Im reaching out to you in hopes that you perhaps might be able to give me any indication as to how old this axe might be. If you look at it, it appears to have been hand-forged, with a slight crack in the metal near the handle where the one piece of long metal was bent around a handle then beat and and fused back into one piece.

As a background on the family it came from, my grandpas grandpa was a timberman who moved to the Ozarks in 1875 during the timber boom here. His father was born in New York in 1819 and used the Erie Canal and then the Ohio & Erie Canal to conduct business as well as move west during the 1840s through 1860s. His father Henry Dougherty worked on the Erie Canal and was probably involved with the timbering of the 16,000 acres of White Oaks on Grand Island, New York in the mid 1830s.
Ive attached some photos of the axe for your reference (my dad put a new handle in it when I was a boy).

Im really hoping to learn whether this axe could have been made in the 1830s or if it's design/construction is too late for that. I'm trying to determine how back in the family heirloom might have been originated.

Thank you, in advance, for any information you can provide, contacts you can give, or resources you can point me to.
Sincerely,
Will Dougherty


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Title: Re: Dating of an Old Axe - Could it be 1830's or not?
Post by: WV Sawmiller on May 16, 2018, 10:52:08 AM
   I'm not dating an old ax - married her nearly 41 years ago. :D

   Sorry, the Devil made me say that. ;)

    Don't know how old your ax is but it is a pretty neat design. Hope you find all the details of it.
Title: Re: Dating of an Old Axe - Could it be 1830's or not?
Post by: Ron Wenrich on May 16, 2018, 11:14:04 AM
Put some chalk on the name, and you might be able to see it better.  Simmons is probably not the manufacturer.  
Title: Re: Dating of an Old Axe - Could it be 1830's or not?
Post by: 51cub on May 16, 2018, 12:27:04 PM
I don't know how much he gets on here, but @Rooster (http://forestryforum.com/board/index.php?action=profile;u=5824) knows alot about axes. Maybe try a pm