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Fireman’s Axe, c. 1860
Wooden handle with iron head, 32 3/8 inches long
Inscribed on handle: “Court Teutonia No. 7615.”
References: Garvan and Wojtowicz 1977, 117–118.
RS 6335


The rounded edge of the blade on one side of the fireman’s axe and the sharp pick on the other reflect its dual functions: to break into burning buildings and to pry burning shingles. Made in Philadelphia, this example predates 1871, when square-edged blades came into use because of their greater efficiency. The inscription on the axe handle suggests that it belonged to the owner of the building at that address.

  


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