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Beak Horn Stake

1770-1840
Origin: United States or England
OL: 40 3/8" OH: 16 7/8"
Iron and steel
Gift of Stephen Eisenhart
Acc. No. 2014-55
Large "beak horn" stake. One flange is flat-topped with one square corner, the other beveled. Round-sectioned & tapered "beak" with a skewed end. Squared post with chamfered corners and tapered tang.
Label:This large, heavy tool had a myriad of uses, limited only by the various shapes of its working surfaces. With a heavy integral post, stakes were set into square holes in either workbenches or tree stumps, and functioned much like blacksmith's anvils.
Provenance:From the Eisenhart collection of tinsmithing tools.