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J.C. Higgins hammer whatizit?


 
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 8:27 am    Post subject: J.C. Higgins hammer whatizit? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Was told it is a chipping hammer?, but I can't find any like it on the interweb. Got this thing at the flea market out of a box of tools. At first I thought it was for packing oakum as there were some old plumbing tools in with it.
Any ideas what it was used for? It is 8 inches end to end and an inch and a half across the face.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 8:37 am    Post subject: Re: J.C. Higgins hammer whatizit? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

It looks a lot like a hammer used to cut brick and concrete blocks ????.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 9:09 am    Post subject: Re: J.C. Higgins hammer whatizit? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

It looks like a masons hammer, but why is it sharp on both ends? Maybe it's been modified! The ones I have have a hammer head on one side. Larry on the corner should know what it's for! I had a JC Higgins bicycle when I was young, it was Sears brand name from 08 to 62.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 9:15 am    Post subject: Re: J.C. Higgins hammer whatizit? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Hey Russ, in my search I found that Sears sold a whole list of JC Higgins products. I did find a hammer like this someone was selling as an antique double cross peen. This one does not look like it has been used on rocks or bricks. Blacksmithing tool?
 
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 9:21 am    Post subject: Re: J.C. Higgins hammer whatizit? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I collect hammers . I have several similar. I would call it a masons hammer for lack of real use ideas.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 3:09 pm    Post subject: Re: J.C. Higgins hammer whatizit? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I'm thinking tinners hammer.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 3:57 pm    Post subject: Re: J.C. Higgins hammer whatizit? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

old geyser buddy of mine thinks it is for cutting slate tile roofing.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 4:57 pm    Post subject: Re: J.C. Higgins hammer whatizit? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I used to help an old-time plumber some and he poured the lead over the oakum and then used a hammer and an offset tamping chisel.It looked like a cold chisel but not sharp and had a dog-leg in it.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 7:49 pm    Post subject: Re: J.C. Higgins hammer whatizit? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

It might be associated with masonry. I cheated and googled hammers. Closest I came up with is a scutch hammer. It’s used for scutching or removing old mortar from blocks and bricks.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 7:50 pm    Post subject: Re: J.C. Higgins hammer whatizit? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

This is a hammer for repairing/resharpening grist mill stones when the grooves get worn too wide for milling corn or small grains correctly. Some where in my junk I have a couple of them that came from an old water powered grist mill close to my maternal grandparents farm.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 8:17 pm    Post subject: Re: J.C. Higgins hammer whatizit? Reply to specific post Reply with quote


Beat me to it Gene .

http://trowelcollector.blogspot.com.au/2015/12/millstone-tools.html
 
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 5:42 am    Post subject: Re: J.C. Higgins hammer whatizit? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Thanks Gene, you nailed it. I ended up watching a few videos of the process. Very interesting.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 8:34 pm    Post subject: Re: J.C. Higgins hammer whatizit? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Just found a couple similar to that i9n with my Dad's girlfriends Dad's stuff. I say similar because it has one end parallel with the handle, and the other 90 degrees to it. In his case the man was a plumber, well driller, etc for a lot of years. I found quite a bit of tools he used for knocking in the oakum, pouring lead, etc. As others have said, I imagine a hammer like this would have had multiple uses, but I think the ultimate use would have been determined by the occupation of the man using it.
 
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