Old Tobacco Hatchet Axe

This hatchet also came from Allan Klenman's collection about 4 years ago. I don't know much about tobacco hatchets because they were from the Southeast. This hatchet was rusted and someone painted over that. The blade is 5 inches long and 4 1/2 inches wide. The handle is 19 inches long and looks to be original. This axe is probably over 60 years old. According to the tool dictionary this type of axe was used for cutting the tobacco stalks. My greatgrandfather came from Tennessee about 1875. He grew tobacco t and when he moved to Washington state he brought seeds with him and he grew it starting in 1896. After he cut it he would hang it in the barn and whenever he needed more he would just go to the barn and cut more for his pipe. My father said when he was a kid about 1930 him and the neighbor boys would sneak into the barn and cut their own for smoking behing the barn.

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