A very rare 19C. American, U.S. boarding axe likely dating from the War of 1812. This example displays the salt oxidized head that denotes a long time of shipboard use, and also the W shaped protrusion underneath the main cutting blade, which was used by sailors to carry rope across the length of the sailing vessel. The wooden haft is attached to the head by means of three bolts on either side of iron extensions. The ball at the base of the haft that would have normally been there must have broken off and but the fine aging of the wood underneath shows that it has been that way for quite some time.
A rarestyle of boarding axe and one of the least found of all types of American naval paraphernalia