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Discussion in 'Axe, Tomahawk, & Hatchet Forum' started by the-accumulator, Jan 31, 2020.

  1. the-accumulator

    the-accumulator Gold Member Gold Member

    513
    Jan 24, 2008
    Seen in local antique store:
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    I can't read the first half of the mark:
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    Anybody recognize it? Thanks, T-A
     
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  2. Yankee Josh

    Yankee Josh Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 31, 2018
    Gifford Wood co. It's a nice one man! How much are they asking for it?
     
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  3. Brian Rust

    Brian Rust

    762
    Nov 14, 2017
    That had it right on the tag. Very very nice piece!!! Idk what they are “worth” but if it’s worth what they are asking to you I’d buy it for sure. Very cool find man! I’ve never seen one before!
     
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  4. the-accumulator

    the-accumulator Gold Member Gold Member

    513
    Jan 24, 2008
    What is its intended purpose? Is it actually a fireman's ax?
     
  5. Brian Rust

    Brian Rust

    762
    Nov 14, 2017
    I know they made a lot of “ice axes” that have the wide spike on them. But the bits are much more narrow than that one. I’m not sure. It could be a fire axe but Idk. They mainly made ice axes. They’re bit were maybe 1/3 that size though.
     
  6. crbnSteeladdict

    crbnSteeladdict

    Jul 31, 2017
    GIFFORD-WOOD COMPANY--This company was incorporated February 1, 1905, representing the consolidation of the properties and business interests of Gifford Brothers, Hudson, N.Y., and William T. Wood & Co., Arlington, Mass. The Hudson plant was established in 1814 by Elihu Gifford, who was succeeded in 1863 by his sons, William H. and James Gifford, who in turn were succeeded in 1889 by Malcolm and Arthur Gifford--sons of James Gifford. The business of William T. Wood & Co., of Arlington, Mass., was established in 1834, for the purpose of manufacturing ice plows, markers, tongs, and other tools required in the cutting, harvesting, and handling of ice, and have a modern equipped and extensive factory at Arlington (suburb of Boston), and have built up a most substantial trade in their line of goods throughout the United States and portions of Europe. This firm was composed of William E. and William B. Wood. The Hudson plant is of substantial character and one of the busiest in the city, employing on an average of seventy-five skilled mechanics, occupies a space of about 33,000 square feet, and bounded by some of the principal thoroughfares, Columbia, Greene [sic] and State streets, B. & A. Railroad, and Long Alley, with three and one-half story brick and stone buildings for their machine, forge and pattern department, and large brick building for their foundry and other work. Their facilities are well adapted for general foundry work, with capacity for making castings up to ten tons weight, and for the manufacturing of general machinery, pattern, forge and boiler work. About fifty per cent of the product consists of ice elevators, conveyers and lowering machinery for which the company has a very wide reputation and are almost the exclusive manufacturers of this character of work in the country. The corporation is officered as follows: William E. Wood, President; Malcolm Gifford, Vice-President; Arthur Gifford, Treasurer; A. E. Heard, Secretary; William B. Wood, Superintendent.

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    https://archive.org/details/HowToHarvestIceGiffordWoodCo/page/n41/mode/2up
     
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  7. Brian Rust

    Brian Rust

    762
    Nov 14, 2017
    well there ya go! Still an ice axe I guess lol
     
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  8. the-accumulator

    the-accumulator Gold Member Gold Member

    513
    Jan 24, 2008
    I do own an ice axe with the smaller bit, but I didn't know that one like this existed. I'll see if I can sleep well without going back and purchasing it. I'll keep you posted. Thanks to all for the info and links. T-A
     
  9. ithinkverydeeply

    ithinkverydeeply

    Dec 17, 2018
    Is get it! I passed up on one that I still regret.
     
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  10. the-accumulator

    the-accumulator Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jan 24, 2008
    I got it!! I made an offer, and the dealer accepted. I will sleep better now! I'll post more pics soon. Thanks again for the help and encouragement. T-A
     
  11. Yankee Josh

    Yankee Josh Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 31, 2018
    Good for you mate! It's a real nice looking and unique piece. Isn't it so satisfying when you almost miss out on something but then get it in the end! Please share lots of pics! I'd like to see more of it!
     
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  12. the-accumulator

    the-accumulator Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jan 24, 2008
    JPEG_20200205_225509_6797380081932640812.jpg JPEG_20200205_225701_8778173726961953020.jpg JPEG_20200205_225909_5847440748292280608.jpg JPEG_20200205_225814_6722268612173804857.jpg JPEG_20200205_230000_1270526180805643615.jpg JPEG_20200205_230118_7920192206509771920.jpg
    The head is massive, but, at the same time, delicate. The haft is recycled and damaged, but I didn't buy for the haft! Total weight 6 lbs 9.4 oz.. So now, what to do with it...I think I will leave it as is for a while and ponder the question. T-A
     

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  13. the-accumulator

    the-accumulator Gold Member Gold Member

    513
    Jan 24, 2008
    I found my smaller Gifford Wood ice axe. Like big brother/little brother reunited after 80 or 100 years. "You haven't aged a bit!"
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