Collecting Axes and Antique Hatchets

Collection of antique hatchets and vintage axes shows varied use of simple but essential farm tools.

David estimates this claw hammer to date to the 1700s, and believes it was either European-made or produced in the U.S. by European immigrants. “I’ve been told that the shape of the head and the lack of a taper in the handle where it meets the head indicate that it’s probably handmade,” he says.