Beak Horn Stake
Origin: United States or England
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.