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Mallet

1750-1800
Origin: America, New England
Overall length:10 3/4" Head: 7 1/4" x 3 3/8"
Oak and iron
Museum Purchase
Acc. No. 1933-105
Mallet with slightly curved rectangular head with heavily chamfered bottom edges (made from a used wagon wheel felly), and a roughly hewn cylindrial handle wedged and doweled into its center. The shanks of four strake nails remain in the top of the head, flanking the eye.
Label:Made from a worn out wagon or cannon carriage wheel felly, this stout mallet would have been perfect for driving architectural pegs into the joints of a building frame or powering a large chisel. It was found under the eaves of an 18th c. Berwick, Maine house during its demolition in 1924.
Provenance:Found in late 1924 under the eaves of the Cushing House (then owned by Charles C. Hobbs) in South Berwick, Maine, during its demolition. From there it entered the collection of Mrs. Miles While of Baltimore, Maryland before being sold to Colonial Williamsburg in 1933 as a part of a large grouping from her collection.
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