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Belltown's loves515 of 1093Avon Bottle shaped like VW BusRare Photographic Accessory, late 1880s to 90s
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    Posted 5 years ago

    IMASapp
    (55 items)

    I have come across this unusual maul. I have no idea what it is used for. It weighs about 22 pounds. Any help would be appreciated.

    Jim

    Mystery Solved

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    1. jacko66, 5 years ago
      looks like some kind of blacksmiths swage hammer they came in many different shapes and sizes what this ones purpose was for i am not to sure
    2. jacko66, 5 years ago
      a selection of blacksmith hammers
      http://www.gatctools.com/Hammer.html
    3. IMASapp IMASapp, 5 years ago
      At 22 pounds, it is hard for me to imagine this thing was used like a hammer. Of course, I used to be a lot stronger a few decades ago. Seems like everything is getting heavier than it used to be. :-)

      I've tried to do my own research but I can't find anything close. There are no marks except for a "No 1" stamped in the side of the steel. Can't imagine how heavy the "No 2" wound have been.

      Jim
    4. jacko66, 5 years ago
      i understand what your saying about the weight of it and being used like a hammer it would be back breaking work looking at pic n03 with the 3 screw heads being used like wedges to hold the handle in place makes me think that its not the original handle but was replaced at some time by a axe handle that is on it now, if that being the case maybe the original handle was just for holding it steady while being used like a anvil
    5. IMASapp IMASapp, 5 years ago
      I thought the same thing about the handle when I saw the screws. Now, I'm not so sure. It may not be the original handle but the hole in the iron is shaped for an axe-like handle.

      I looked to see if the head was used for an anvil but there are no signs of it being struck with another hammer. And, the head is round.

      I have removed the red paint and the steel is nearly black with reminents of a gold/copper color blended into the iron.

    6. IMASapp IMASapp, 5 years ago
      A local museum tells me this is an assayer's maul. It is used in a rocking/sliding manner to crush ore samples for assaying.
    7. jacko66, 5 years ago
      that make sense with the weight and shape of it very unusual tool
    8. jacko66, 5 years ago
      found one online check link below great find
      http://www.farmcollector.com/tools/june-2012-mystery-tool-answers.aspx#axzz3FSERpJV5
    9. IMASapp IMASapp, 5 years ago
      Excellant!!! That is the first reference I have ever seem to another one! Nice to see it also has an ax handle.
    10. Roycroftbooksfromme1, 5 years ago
      great job jacko66..also like the site you found it on ...
    11. surfdub66 surfdub66, 5 years ago
      Wot a strange tool !! A great talking point :-)
    12. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 5 years ago
      cool tool!

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