I applied boiled linseed oil to the new handle after a light sanding to preserve the wood and prevent cracking. It is a lengthy post full of very valuable information. The individuals that fabricated the axes or hatchets may have been the same but the involvement of some hand processing also made the end results differ somewhat. None has been found that I know of, and I have no idea if it even exists. In case you need to I did to few months ago that may help.
The means of identification also varied from the early simple stampings to etchings to more detailed stamped markings to paper labels. Free shipping can only be applied to the entire order when shipped as a whole. In 1876 the Louisville City Directory indicates that W. Kelly, like many other manufacturers, offered similar purchasing options. Orders cannot be split with separate items benefiting from free shipping. The toe of the ax needed file work. I also reprofiled the edge with a belt sander.
He may have just been an investor in that business. So if someones sees something incorrect, please bring it up so we can get some verification and go from there. He studied metallurgy at the Western University of Pennsylvania and initially became involved in making engines. They are not 100% accurate but they are quite close. Because of that practice, attributing the manufacturer of a specific axe to a specific manufacturer can often be confusing.
One would expect that the patents in question may have been issued to the executor of William Kelly's estate or some other appointee considering William Kelly had already died, but in reality the patents were issued to one of Kelly's sons, named William C. Things are complicated from the start because the Kelly family William C Kelly the main player, but alas, there was 2 of them! This company is very difficult, with all the organization changes, moves, people involved, long time line, etc. However, the vast majority of advertising and markings on actual Perfect Axes included two dates and possibly applied to patents by both William C. Plus you have two axes in one. A Head for History Many of these hatchets and axes represent a bit of Australian hardware history, with manufacturers that have made the cut and brands for many years.
Some years later, there is a restructing, and the axe division gets renamed to True Temper. Many labels did not include reference to the actual maker thereby disallowing any type of warrantee by the manufacturer. Those items may have been identical, or as close to identical as reasonably possible at the time, especially considering the methods by which they were made. Regular prices for Express Shipping and Oversize Shipping still apply. So Kelly Axe has a long winding history thru the axe years.
It appears and depending on what you read in books, online, catalogs, etc it will vary, trust me that the Kelly Axe got started in the mid 1800s - pretty much in line with our other main companies we have talked about. That was in 1857 but he never profited to the degree that the Bessemer Converter profited. The Registered Line - This is one of the more unique lines in the axe history world - Kelly had a line where each axe got its own registered number. Part of the justification for the move was a more promising supply of natural gas which had become the company's major fuel used in the axe making factories. Kelly, the third son of William C. What had occupied approximately 25 acres in 1904 had grown to 41 acres in the late teens and then expanded to encompass approximately 60 acres after they bought the A. There are various reasons for this, obviously the depression was a major factor at play.
Apparently there was some hand processing for almost every step in the overall procedure. However, many sources say that the previous 2 names were still being used after. Some of the labels even included the original locations of the companies and not the actual location of the current manufacturer. The name used around this time appears to have been Kelly Axe Mfg Co. Use a buffing compound to polish out sanding marks. A slight difference initially, but gradually many the brand names were combined with the name True Temper. I hit the brakes with my hand on the door knob! The outside shapes also varied considerably, as did the color combinations.
Thanks to Axe Makers of North America, Yesteryear Tools, Kelly catalogs, other publications, and the good ole internet. From what I can tell though, the axes part of this equation started around 1874, give or take a couple years. Perhaps it was the most important part. They are all considered important but it is impractical to include a list of contributors with every article. Stamps and marks on both the axehead and the haft will attest to the history on display here. That would coincide with the year his father William C. The three considerations were pattern, weight and finish.
Recently, a local horse wrangler asked me to restore an old Kelly True Temper Axe that had been in his family for several generations. Perhaps no are more closely linked to the founding of America than the axe and its smaller sibling, the hatchet. Hand-forged axes of cast iron with heads weighing seven pounds were swung by pioneers and Colonists, who used the versatile tool to clear land for crops and build their homes. I wonder if they were just too big though for their own good, and it ended up costing them at this time. The Black Ravens will have various wording on the imprint, which will help you to date them. As of this posting a significant number of individuals have contributed information to this overall project appearing as Yesteryears Tools. Unless otherwise noted, the images depicted are representations of etched designs or facsimiles of labels used by the Kelly Axe Mfg.
That adds to the character of your tool. The purchase of the A. Our selection of Axes for sale has grown a great deal in recent years, so no matter what type of axe you need we have the right one for you. The idea of hacking away with an Axe may not strike some as a fine woodworking skill, but Axes are incredibly efficient tools to have in a workshop as well as outdoors. Trademark Office while others were primarily used by specific distributors. If you are interested a rare third-party article, please contact the author directly for republishing information.