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    Posted 5 years ago

    Scodi143
    (5 items)

    I'm sorting through some of my husbands antique tools and found this.
    I'm not sure if it is a really old piece or not. I do live in Massachusetts and very close to Plymouth. Just wondering what it was used for and who could have made it.

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    1. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 5 years ago
      I will give this a guess which is my 2 cents from growing up in New England. I would say it is a maul, which is common in New England as it applies to wood splitting. However I seriously doubt this was used for splitting wood. Both ends of this tool have a use. Only places I ever happened to see a tool even similar was in granite and marble quarries. They were used to split stone. Once the fissure was opened a bit the larger wedge end was placed in that and then hit with a sledge hammer. Other very small hardened steel wedges (some only one inch long) were also driven to open a decent crack. Just my 2 cents.
    2. bobby725 bobby725, 5 years ago
      Is that some kind of stone, like flint, or is it metal? The handle looks to be hand hammered. Measurements?
    3. just_a_random_guy, 5 years ago
      I think it looks like a makeshift splitting maul, except for the metal handle.
    4. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 5 years ago
      This has a quarry buster head but could also be a bull set. Both were used for basically the same thing.
    5. Scodi143 Scodi143, 5 years ago
      Hi Everyone,
      Thank you for responding so quick. This sight is invaluable!
      So the Head of it is stone and is 3 inches long. The length of it is 10 inches. Can anyone estimate the age of it?
    6. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 5 years ago
      When did you decide the head is made of stone? I guess I missed my point. I'm gone.
    7. bobby725 bobby725, 5 years ago
      I thought it looked like stone, is it flint? I can`t figure out what it might be for, except maybe for chopping because you couldn`t strike the head very hard. Very cool piece!
    8. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 years ago
      I'll point out what fhr was trying to say. The back of the head is peened over & stone breaks. Appears maybe bronze to my with an iron handle. I think bronze was used for slowly splitting stone because it didn't have the sharp vibrations thru the stone that may cause unwanted cracking the steel may do. Does a magnet stick to the head?
    9. bobby725 bobby725, 5 years ago
      It`s stone! In pic. 2 you can see where it is flaked on the edge of the head.
    10. Rustfarm Rustfarm, 5 years ago
      This looks like an old soldering iron made by a blacksmith. The head should be made of copper. Scratch it with a file or knife to see if it is copper. This should have a wooden handle attached to the other end. The loop around the "iron" is forge welded.
    11. TubeAmp TubeAmp, 5 years ago
      It may have been for soldering. The copper wedge (stone) is heated with a burner or torch. Plumbing, roofing, auto fenders, etc. Used crude irons to melt lead/tin solder.

      T A
    12. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 years ago
      Sorry, but I fail to believe it's stone. I'll join fhr at this point.
    13. TubeAmp TubeAmp, 5 years ago
      I put "stone" in brackets because I know it's really copper.

      T A
    14. bobby725 bobby725, 5 years ago
      I must have had too much bourbon! It sure looks like some kind of flint to me. Oh well, I`m done.
    15. TubeAmp TubeAmp, 5 years ago
      In photo two, at the five o'clock position on the ball part, you can see two dings where the copper was dented.

      T A
    16. PostCardCollector PostCardCollector, 5 years ago
      Looks like a primitive Hawiian coconut cracker.
    17. Scodi143 Scodi143, 5 years ago
      Thank you so much for all your input. I scratched the stone a little and it is definitely copper and not stone, my mistake. Would anyone like to take a guess as to when you think this could have been made?
    18. Scodi143 Scodi143, 5 years ago
      One more fact I think would be important. My house was built on a cow pasture across the street from where an American Indian Burial Ground was found. The Wampanoag tribe. Could it be that early?
    19. bobby725 bobby725, 5 years ago
      I`d say that rustfarm and TubeAmp are right--soldering. There is a lot of knowledge on this site!! It was fun while it lasted! Late 1800`s?
    20. Scodi143 Scodi143, 5 years ago
      It was fun, thank you so much for your input. It's definately a conversation piece!
    21. U812, 5 years ago
      Rusfarm's post is right on. Its a soldering iron without the wood handle. My Grandfather was a blacksmith in Illinois he had several of these in different configurations It was used soldering.
    22. likeoldstuff, 5 years ago
      For soldering. Held heat well in the head.
    23. Rustfarm Rustfarm, 5 years ago
      This should be marked mystery solved, eh?
    24. seeker40, 4 years ago
      I'm pretty sure that it is a blacksmith's tool. The handle would allow the piece to be held while struck with a hammer.

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