W.L. Marble's favorite tie pin was a miniature safety axe, not only because he was so proud of his unique invention, but because to Marble, axes could do everything a knife could do and a whole lot more.
This is a 2nd Model #2... Marble's 1st 3 axes were of Clevis style made from 1899 - 1902. Thats when they changed to this style and made em for 8 yrs. This is a Michigan pattern 3 screw axe. All other axes had Hawk heads, the venarable # 2 being the only Michigan pattern head.
This is a 2nd Model # 2 Marble's Safety Pocket Axe
Axe is 10 3/4" OAL, weighs 21 ozs, 4" long head w/ a 2 1/4" cutting edge
Axe was made from 1903 - 1910
Safety Guard is stamped: MARBLE SAFETY AXE CO. GLADSTONE, MICH. U.S.A. PAT. 1898 On this axe, # 2 is also stamped on the heel behind the handle.
Grips are fancy molded Gutta Percha. (See Pics) They have the Hound & Rabbit on one side, with elaborate scroll work, and the other side is scroll worked and says: Mf'd by WL MARBLE GLADSTONE MICH. MARBLE'S SAFETY POCKET AXE
Guard & handle is heavily nickeled
Guard has the 2 indents on each side.. The guard works fantastic, half cock, in handle, and set on blade edge
Condition: This axe is unbelieveble for well over 100 yrs old !!! It is most certainly solidly between Good & Excellent Condition. The handle is almost perfect, heavily nickled, scales beautiful, head has staining as does the top of the handle. In the dark spots on the head and handle, you can see some minor surface pitting. Guard is great and stamp is clear. Supersize the pics for a close-up look What can ya say but it is solid from top to bottom. I would think with the proper cleaning it could almost become a museum piece.
Folk's, this is the 2nd Axe that was ever made by Marble's. It started being made in 1903 right when Marble changed their name from W.L. Marble Maker to The Marble Safety Axe Company. I am very proud to offer this piece of American history for someone to put in him/her's collection. Please supersize the pics on the next page for a close-up look at this antique Marble safety axe !!! Please email me if you need additional pics !!!