Early 18th c Dutch Trade Axe with Original Haft

Early 18th c Dutch Trade Axe with Original Haft

$595.00Price

One of the earliest axes we have handed from New York, Hammer poll style with the early 4″ flared blade, 6″ overall, early style without ears, blade has oxidation but quite solid. Noted on haft with an old label, “Old Dutch trade axe found on F. D. Durham’s Farm, Tiplady Corner NY, Hebron…..NY.” This axe dates to at least 1731 and was found on that Farm 10 miles from Fort Edward, NY. The early style gives credence that this originated from the Old Dutch Trading Post called Fort Lÿdius founded by a Dutchman John Henry Lydius from Albany who established a trading post known as Lydius House or Fort Lydius. This was Fort Edward’s first documented structure. A drawing of this house is included in a sketch dated 1732. The axe was deaccessed years ago by a NY historical society to obtain funding for improvements. Ex. Robert Oswald