Homestead axe

Discussion in 'Axe, Tomahawk, & Hatchet Forum' started by Maine20, Oct 17, 2017.

  1. Maine20

    Maine20

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    Aug 8, 2017
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    This is a head I cleaned up and hung on a 28” handle. Head weighs 2 lbs 5 oz. I have seen plenty of homestead axes on the web but not many with just homestead and made in USA. That is the only marking on the head. Doesn’t say Collins anywhere. Thoughts on age? Quality?
     
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  2. Maine20

    Maine20

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    Aug 8, 2017
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    Just found this pic. The only one I have seen with the same stamps.
     
  3. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    Tough call.
    My homestead is a Michigan that only says HOMESTEAD on it in a slightly larger font and I know it's not a later mann axe because of it's convex cheeks and zero evidence of blue paint.

    Your axe is obviously pre mann era so that puts it at 1966 or earlier.

    Catalog photos would be the most help, for you and for me with my great grandfathers axe. We just need to look at when these stamps started and stoped appearing in pictures of catalog photos.
    Normally companies tried to picture items as they would've come at the time, they're not always the most accurate method but pretty much all we've got
    sometimes.

    There are members here with good resources for old catalog scans, so I'm hoping one will chime in and maybe post something.
     
  4. Maine20

    Maine20

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    Aug 8, 2017
    I have noticed that the larger font seams much more common. Glad to hear you think it’s pre Mann. Not that the later Collins are junk, but I believe the pre Mann axes tend to generally be higher quality. I will do some more searching for catalog photos....
     
  5. Miller '72

    Miller '72

    Jul 25, 2017
    Thread revival, with a couple good examples

    The Homestead Duo
    Connie & Cruiser

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    It is my thought that these are pre Mann, pre 1966.
     
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  6. Square_peg

    Square_peg Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 1, 2012
    With the full cheeks I think you're right.
     
  7. FLINT77

    FLINT77

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    Apr 8, 2013
    Great. I had asked the same question as the OP just last week.
     
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  8. David Martin

    David Martin Moderator Moderator Gold Member

    Apr 7, 2008
    Miller, your Connie, has decent, thick metal at the eye. Do you think the pole is heat treated? Nice photos. Thanks, DM
     
  9. Miller '72

    Miller '72

    Jul 25, 2017
    Good morning Dave
    I dont think so. The pole does have some roll over started from a bit if hammering possibly on a splitting wedge, in a previous life.
     
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  10. David Martin

    David Martin Moderator Moderator Gold Member

    Apr 7, 2008
    Ok, thanks. DM
     
  11. ithinkverydeeply

    ithinkverydeeply

    Dec 17, 2018
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    Here is a nice nos representation.
     
  12. crbnSteeladdict

    crbnSteeladdict

    Jul 31, 2017
    Red Homestead! It must be Fireman's model :p
    Any idea when it was made?
     
  13. ithinkverydeeply

    ithinkverydeeply

    Dec 17, 2018
    Not really. If I had to guess 1930’s maybe 40’s. The owner guesses the same.
     

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