US SURCHARGED HAND AX STAMPED US TWICE ON
HEAD AND HANDLE SCARCE SPECIMEN IN VERY GOOD
CONDITION: This Hand Ax was issued to United
States forces, evidenced by a bold US stamped in both
the steel head and on the wooden handle.
Measuring 4 ½ from blade to heel and 3 across the
blade, the head is stamped across the heel on one side
U.S.. The head is full form and while showing signs
of use due to the peening on the edges of the heel, the
blade is full form, not overly sharpened, and is free of
any nicks or chips to the edge.
The handle measures 15 ½ long from the top of the head
to the end of the handle and it is stamped U.S.
immediately below the head on one side of the handle.
The handle shows evidence of heavier use with some loss
in the eye of the head and some wear below the head. In
spite of this wear, the handle appears to be full length
and form, and is still very solid.
The U.S. stamps are consistent with several different
eras from the Revolutionary War through the beginning of
the 20TH Century, so dating this one is
difficult. Nonetheless, there is no doubt this ax was
issued to American soldiers for clearing artillery gun
sites, building infantry emplacements, and for use
around the soldiers campgrounds.
This is a very nice example and one which would be a
nice addition to your edged weapons collection. (0525)