Hello everyone. New to this forum. I've just started building up a collection of tools by buying old car boot items/job lots and restoring them to the best of my ability. Lockdown has given me a chance to look at the axes.
After cleaning up a very dirty axe I noticed a Sorby stamp. Its Scotch pattern 3.3/3.4lb roughly.
Can I stress my intention was to return this to working condition and not to collect. I ordered hickory haft to hang it before the cleaning process started. So it emerged from it's bath, noticed the stamp and thought I'd ask some advice.
I've got as far as finding some pics that look similar listed as a 503. Possible 1900s 1920s...novice punt.
The axe has had a hard life in some ways and seen use (misused). The eye seems fine but there is some roll in the eye shoulder and butt and was very poorly hung as most of these old car boot axes are. There is some cracking round the corners of the eye/butt sadly because of use without proper support I think.
Before I go any further in the process of restoring this I would like some info.
Possible age and if it is rare?
If it has no value I'm happy to go down the route of grinding into the cracks and having my friend weld fill. I'll smooth it out, hang it and use it.
If that idea is making anyone's toes curl please help!
Option two is to sell as is on eBay and invest in something that can handle a bit of work.
Option 3 is to use a peice of oak limb material to make a handle. Purely for a decorative purposes as the grain and knots although poor in strength might look good in an aesthetic sense. Try out some weathering techniques and attempt a vintage art look?