OLD LOG STAMP HAMMER LOGGING MARKER LOG BRANDING HAMMER

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  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Apr 09,2008
  • Channel: Online Auction

OLD LOG STAMP HAMMER LOGGING MARKER LOG BRANDING HAMMER
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Vintage very probably antique log stamp hammer. This old log marking tool is unmarked. It weighs 7 pounds total, overall length is 30". Stamp face measures 1.5" by 3". Both sides of this log brand are marked F Y ~ please view photos. The Y is a trident mark, 3 pronged fork symbol.

~ A Little History Lesson ~

The following information was obtained from the Minnesota Historical Society. Many logging camps moved timber in the same stream, making some drives chaotic. "Stamp hammer marks" and "bark marks" identified ownership. Logging camps were issued a stamp hammer - a heavy sledgehammer with a cast symbol on its face that was used to stamp the mark into both ends of the log. Bark marks were identification marks cut into the bark of logs with an axe to help identify logs that rode low in the water. Mill hands at saw mills used these marks to credit the logs to the appropriate company. The marks were registered with the State Surveyor General and were bought and sold as companies changed hands.

A law which required that all log marks be recorded before the logs bearing them could be moved was passed in 1858. It provides, in part, that anyone. cutting logs in the state "shall, before proceeding to mark the same, deposit in the office of the Surveyor General in whose district the logs may be, a copy of the said mark which is to be put upon the said logs," but that the mark must be distinctly different from any other mark recorded in the same district. 2 The practice of marking logs in Minnesota, however, goes back farther than 1858. In 1851, when Minnesota was still a territory, the Mississippi Boom Company and the St. Croix Boom Company were incorporated. The law establishing the companies provided that they should "sort out the logs and timber according to their several marks," thus suggesting that the marking of logs was common practice at the time.

From my research t were some 20,000 different log marks used in Minnesota. We live in north central Minnesota w t was massive logging of the white pines in this area. That said ~ this old log stamp hammer is in very good condition for it's age and use. The wooden handle is a little loose in the head but after all these years it is understandable.

Perfect piece for the rustic primitive decor. A wonderful piece of history, truly a keeper...
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