EXTREMELY UNUSUAL CLAW STYLE STRAP HAMMER - POSSIBLY CA 1860

Regular price $130.00 USD

This hammer is forged into one piece with the side straps included in the forging. Both straps are riveted into the handle and it has a square headed pin through the handle and riveted to hold everything in place. Extremely unusual design. Its also stamped with all manner of letters and a military broad arrow with the initials 'WD' underneath it. The stacked set of stamps 1/LRV/8/S may represent a regimental or corps marking. I was told that this may be the Lancashire Rifle volunteers (ca. 1859 - 1881). Apparently as military equipment moved around the British army , they would often layer on the ownership markings of the particular regiment. 

Weighs close to 2 lbs in total. The head is 4 1/2" across and the total length is 11 7/8".