Estate sale finds with a couple questions

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  1. Girlwhotools

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    Picked up these babies at an estate sale today and I gotta say im pretty pumped. Now I've done a little research -- the Falls City is a Kelly Works, correct? Even though there's no extra stamp saying so? And the Plumb as far as I can tell is a rafting pattern? When I first saw it I thought it was a cedar pattern, but now I'm seeing some differences. It does seem like people confuse the rafting, the cedar, and the victory pretty often. I was just hoping for a little clarification.

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    KL
     

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    Nice ones. The Plumb's a National. Plumb Victory wasn't a pattern, but rather a stamp they used all across the board during ww2 and on from there a while.
    Not positive the dates but I'm sure they're easy to find.
     
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    thank you @Muleman77! (I knew I was mixing up victory and national. Silly me.) So what are the differences between the national pattern and a rafting pattern?

     
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    The Rafting Axe has a hardened poll. Kelly made Falls City.
     
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    Yup, what he said.
     
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    Loving that Plumb! I am curious how much the Falls City weighs in at? It looks pretty big, I have not come across that before.

    Great scores!!
     
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    I just bought a Plumb Victory hatchet with a National pattern head a few weeks back and ago. Did you get the hatchet or the axe? IMG_20181014_194630740.jpg
     
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    I really like the lines on that Falls City! :)
     
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    I'd in the 1.5 - 2lb range. Haven't put it on a scale yet, but will let you know when I do! I'm fairly certain it's a hewing hatchet as it's only ground on one side, but I've never come across one with a bevel around a nail puller like this... throws me for a loop in a good way!

     
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    I've seen plenty roofing and shingeling hatchets, but never one like this. And it's ground only on one side like a hewing hatchet so... I don't know! I guess more research is in store!

     
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    It's a national hatchet, no victory stamp. But gosh, do I love the lines. And how the poll's corners are cut. It's a great looking hatchet in my book!

     
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    Same here! I've never seen one like it!

     
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    Can't wait to see it all shined up. :)
     
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    Your Falls City is a flooring hatchet. Falls City was an intermediate grade for True Temper with a grade bellow and above it. That being said I doubt it will leave you wanting in any way. I use a Plumb flooring hatchet quite a bit on a carving stump as I like the size and single bevel. They also have hardened polls.
     
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    Falls City is the nickname for Louisville KY where Kelly Works was for a while in the late 1800s. Not sure that yours hatchet is that old but that's where the name came from.
     
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    Thanks so much @garry3 this is exactly what I was hoping to find out by posting on this forum. I really appreciate the information!

     
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