L&N hatchet

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L&N hatchet

Post by Ribbit » Tue Mar 07, 2017 1:05 am

I found this at an antique store. I would call it a broad hatchet. It is marked "L&N" and that's all I see.
I've done the internet research and have come up with nothing.
Any ideas/information would be appreciated.
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Re: L&N hatchet

Post by Stakeknife » Tue Mar 07, 2017 3:27 am

That's the hatchet they used to chop off the turkeys head at the first Thanksgiving. ::tu::
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Re: L&N hatchet

Post by mrwatch » Tue Mar 07, 2017 10:51 am

Louisville and Nashville Rail Road? but it should have the R.R.

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Re: L&N hatchet

Post by cody6268 » Tue Mar 07, 2017 10:27 pm

mrwatch wrote:Louisville and Nashville Rail Road? but it should have the R.R.
Maybe not. I have an old WIlliams alligator wrench with Norfolk and Western property markings, and all that's on it is "N&W".

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Re: L&N hatchet

Post by knife7knut » Wed Mar 08, 2017 2:25 am

cody6268 wrote:
mrwatch wrote:Louisville and Nashville Rail Road? but it should have the R.R.
Maybe not. I have an old WIlliams alligator wrench with Norfolk and Western property markings, and all that's on it is "N&W".
Here is a N&W wrench my nephew gave me awhile back.He lived in Ashtabula Ohio at the time and found it at a garage sale many years ago. Supposedly used to switch tracks manually. The background is 1" squares to give an idea of it's size.
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Re: L&N hatchet

Post by Ribbit » Wed Mar 08, 2017 3:31 am

You guys are making this more and more confusing.....but I'm enjoying it!
I cannot believe that among the plethora of knowledge on AAPK...there is not one single, knowledgeable hatchet person who cannot tell me what the L&N means?????

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Re: L&N hatchet

Post by mrwatch » Wed Mar 08, 2017 3:38 pm

while you may not find out who made it the + plus side is if it is rail road, a lot of people collect "prototype artifacts". meaning it is worth more money wise to a rail road collector especially if if a local company from their area or a one out of business. Same for padlocks, hand lanterns and switch lamps.

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Re: L&N hatchet

Post by vikingdog » Wed Mar 08, 2017 5:31 pm

There is no way to know for sure what the letters mean other than they were placed there by whoever owned it, not the manufacturer. It's not uncommon.
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Re: L&N hatchet

Post by cody6268 » Thu Mar 09, 2017 1:21 pm

I'm in the LNRR boat myself--broad axes like this are typically used more for forming logs, not felling. I suppose it was used for shaping railroad ties.

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