What kind of (old) hammer is this?


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Old 08-27-22, 06:11 PM
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What kind of (old) hammer is this?

Overall length is 15.5". I looked at hundreds of images of hammers online and could not find a match. There is something stamped on the cheek but I can't make it out.
On the handle I can make out possibly the following:
15" MACHINE HAMMER
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FOR 2.....OZ HAMMERS
Note the single claw.
Any guesses?


 
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If the face of the hammer is checkered, it's probably a framing hammer. Just a WAG.
 
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If the face of the hammer is checkered, it's probably a framing hammer
The face is smooth.
 
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I started to post my guess a couple of days ago & decided not to. I've never seen one of these so its just a guess. I'm wondering if it might be a hammer designed to drive & pull staples..??

It could be for something on a fright train for all I know.
 
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It could be for something on a fright train for all I know.
I was wondering if it was railroad related because I have collected a lot of antique railroad items over the last 50 years.
 
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Could be a wrecking hammer if the tail was ever straight. Wood handle looks too thin for prying/pulling.
 
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Old 08-28-22, 10:21 AM
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I think it's a horse shoeing hammer or something to be used in a blacksmith shop.
 
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I agree with Norm. I'm fairly positive that it is a farrier's hammer.I think it was used to pull the shoe after the nails have been removed.
 
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By definition it is a claw hammer "a hammer with one side of the head split and curved, used for extracting nails." There are many claw styles. In USA "claw" was common, widely used name for them. This old timer was surprised by question.

https://www.google.com/search?client...UTF-8&oe=UTF-8

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claw_hammer

Maybe Christopher Columbus brought them here:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Melencolia_I_(Durero)_hammer_crop.jpg
 

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@doughess if you look closely, the "claw" is NOT split... thus the question. Pretty hard to extract a nail with that "claw".
 
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If you do a GOOGLE search the web for image, you'll find it on there. I don't think it's all that old or necessarily uncommon in the blacksmith or equine environment. I'll bet that Amish people use this regularly.
 
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If you do a GOOGLE search the web for image, you'll find it on there.
What search term did you use? I spent a lot of time looking at image search for "farrier hammer" (among other terms) and found nothing like the one pictured above, including a non-split claw.

The diameter and length of the poll relative to the entire head is unusually large. The polls on most of the farrier's hammers are either long and slender or short and wide.
 
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Old 08-29-22, 04:59 AM
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On your picture that you posted, do right click and then "search for web image" on the drop-down menu. Scroll down and you'll see similar with descriptive name. You can then click on those and get further information.
 
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Not a farrier's hammer near as I can tell; we owned horses for about 15 years. As sleeper points out, no claw for pulling the nails. When removing a shoe, the nail ends are first straightened (in use, the nail ends are clinched over where they exit the sidewall of the hoof) and then tapped out far enough to grab the head with the claw. I think the claw end is fairly straight, too.

Also, the handle would be unnecessarily long on the pictured one for shoeing.
 
 

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