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Connecticut Pattern

The Connecticut pattern is often compared with the Tasmanian pattern due to its dimensions. It is typically associated with a tall bit and poll, matched with a narrow profile. The poll is generally significant in mass, and typically curved/ slightly convex. Due to the narrowness of the pattern, weights tend to be limited at 4 pounds by most manufacturers.     

  The pattern does not seem to be present in early axe catalogs, which may indicate involvement of the Connecticut Forestry Association, as the group did not form until 1895. Native species of trees in Connecticut during those times were typical for New England, so the modification of the pattern was unlikely due to local wood species. However, the Delaware (Wide Dayton) and New England patterns also exhibit enlarge dimensions of the bit, so there may have been a regional influence. The peat industry was present but relatively small in Connecticut compared to the states east and north of it, however, the thin, wide blade of the typical peat or turf axe may have played a part in the development of the Connecticut Pattern.

The figure used in this representation comes directly from the 1912 catalog of the American Axe and Tool Company.

(As always, please remember that there is significant variance in the patterns made by different manufacturers, and this description is merely a guide for assistance in identification.)

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