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1249 days ago

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Ok I found this in an old antique shop. It was $35. I did not purchase it but I have never seen one.

It has gifford-wood co stamped on it.

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#1 posted 1249 days ago

It is an ice axe.
I searched the internet and found a photo of one, but I can’t give you a link to it because it turned out to be one of those website that wants to run a free scan on my computer whether I want it to or not. Sorry.
Of course I may be wrong. I also found several that looked real similar that were called fireman’s hatchets.

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#2 posted 1249 days ago

that splanes it. I have seen one cause we dont have ice down here. How did it get here?

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#3 posted 1249 days ago

Same way I had an ice saw that turned up a while back. In other words, I have no idea. It’s weird how things turn up though.
I while back I seen something in the road and stopped to pick it up. I posted it on here because I thought it was some kind of wood saw. Noone really knew what it was. I finally had someone (while laughing at me) tell me it was an ice saw. It was originally designed for use in frigid climates. I did find out how it got here though. There’s a local company (Bell’s Ice) that ordered many of these through the years. They use them to cut away frost from the insides of their ice boxes at stores.
Then the other possibility is that I’m wrong. Like I said, I found two hatchets online that were similar. One was for ice. One was for firemen. The reason I’m leaning more toward ice is that the ice ax is the only one that had the same weird angle on the flat side of the head. I wish I could find out if there was a reason for that angle.

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#4 posted 1249 days ago

Probably a better explanation for the tool in question dates back to the railroad era, Back when perishables rode the rails behind steam locomotive and early diesels and before the modern refrigerated boxcars, old railroad cars were iced by cutting 12”x12” cubes of ice and placing them on top of special ice cars then salt was placed on the salt to speed the cooling process. Icer’s or the ones that loaded ice cars used these quite often along with ice saws the hooked end was used to pull or unjam ice on the ramps the axe part was used to split blocks that were to big to go into the hatches on the car. BTW these show up at train shows more than antique stores this is the most logical explanation of how it came to your region. FYI Gifford wood company produced a ton of icing tools back when ice boxes were still the norm but with modern refrigeration systems ice houses, ice tool companies, and ice box Mfrs fell silent although a few ice companies still deal in dry ice and modern bag ice.
Cool subject ain’t it :)

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#5 posted 1249 days ago

Where would you get large blocks of ice now?
I know they’re somewhere. If not, where do they get the huge blocks they do ice sculpting with?
Thanks for the railroad lesson. I guess I should have known all that. My Grandfather worked 40+ years for Illinois Central.

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#6 posted 1249 days ago

Look under ice suppliers one local one that comes to mind has one of the most unique names is the Serv-ice companies usually specializing in bagged ice to stores but also sells blocks of regular and dry ice

-- Proverbs Ch:3 vs 5,6,7 Trust in the lord with all thine heart and lean not unto your own understanding but in all your ways aknowledge him and he shall direct your path elmerthomas81@neo.rr.com

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#7 posted 1249 days ago

people with ice axes move and they don’t leave them at the mountain :-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#8 posted 1249 days ago

Wow chilling subject . Great lesson sawblade1.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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