Original Late 19th Century British "Tomahawk" Naval Boarding / Fireman's Axe by Shand Mason & Co. with Leather Carrier

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice late 19th century British "Tomahawk" style Naval Boarding Axe, made by the well-known Fire Brigade equipment company Shand Mason & Co.. This design first emerged in the early part of the 19th century, and was still in use well into the 20th century. It was originally designed as an improved Naval boarding axe, but it also proved just as useful with Fire brigades, and was used with both.

This is a very nice example, marked SHAND MASON & CO. / LONDON on the blade, for the well-known maker of fire engines and other equipment. It has a lovely checkered haft with a steel butt plate, which would make it dangerous as a "skull crusher" as well when boarding. The axe head has two long langets down the haft, secured with three screws for a solid attachment. IT comes complete with the original carrier, though it is definitely quite worn, with the leather degraded and the stitching popping out a bit.

A very nice example, ready to add to your collection!

Overall Length: 15"
Blade Length: 7"
Edge Length: 2 1/2"

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