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Ernest Dubois

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  1. This one at the Rijksmuseum displayed from a shipwreck off Nova Zembla is dated, stating that by the 16 century the type was common and widespread. They call it in Dutch, "kantvlechtbijl" translated means side woven axe, so, I don't get it. Said to be used in woodworking. https://www.rijksmuseum.nl/nl/zoeken/objecten?p=14&ps=12&f.hnrCode.section.sort=17de+Eeuw&f.hnrCode.hall.sort=2.9%3a+Nederland+overzee&ondisplay=True&st=Objects&ii=3#/NG-NM-7784,159
  2. An abstraction of the object leaves it once again subject to fishy speculation. A big flaw in relying to heavily on typologies only for drawing conclusions on use and intention. There is a significant difference between the Dumstorfer and the earlier ones illustrated. The sketches show, (luckily and most helpfully the top view is included), an axe that while it could hardly be called symmetric does have a bit in line with the center line of the eye and the Dumstorfer is asymmetric all the way with the bit lining up with left or right side respectively of the eye casting it unquestioningly as a carpentry axe. If you ask me the axe heads which got unfortunately mounted on rifles in the top photo are likewise side-axes. It's just a guess.
  3. The suggestion was made it is derived from the earlier Francisca axe. I made up a little photo shopped illustration... and it is not implausible as we can see. Either way, a remarkable axe form if it has a continuous use from the 15th through to 19th century.
  4. And you know that Peterson, out of sheer reflex never met an axe he didn't call a weapon.
  5. Ok, I put some media in the allotted slot. It will relieve the need to cut-n-paste.
  6. Now as for the axe part itself, when I saw the picture up there it was familiar to my eye and sure enough it turns out Dictum is selling its version - without the gun part - based on a find out in the district of Lüneburg so they call it the Dumstorfer Bearded Hand Hatchet, (available in left and right hand versions none-the-less). Of course it strikes a bit of a funny chord when you see it mounted on a rifle like that. Well I'll be going out to Lüneburg - axes in hand- for some work in July so it'd be something to watch for.
  7. Darn external picture hoster anyway! Johan Skogg nearest camera his brother Axel, also smid at the Hjärtum forge but choose not to pursue and had some other career, unfortunately for him.
  8. This is some info off the web from out of Sweden itself, " Carl Fredrik Dahlgren. Son John continued until his death in 1948."
  9. Could be a sod or turf cutter.
  10. Any information concerning these smids of Sweden?
  11. By way of the latest update here is a photo of Skog in his later days
  12. On more of these axes, the old ones, I see that the key at the closure of the socket is only partially welded which I first thought was a fluke, or a weld let loose from use but now I see it recurring it makes me wonder if it's the intension that the under section is left weld-free there. My new-made one from Lars Enander is welded over the whole length of the key by the way.
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