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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)  $450 



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