Rare Collyweston Slate Dressing Hammer - Batting Hammer
A scarce Collyweston slate dressing hammer or batting hammer.
Collyweston slate is actually limestone from an area near the village of Collyweston in Northamptonshire, close to the town of Stamford in Lincolnshire.
This blacksmith made hammer was used to shape and dress the stone before use. Further information and a video of this type of hammer in use can be found at http://www.stoneroof.org.uk/historic/Historic_Roofs/Collyweston_project.html
This hammer has a faint, but illegible, maker's or owner's mark on one cheek.
The head is approximately 81/2 inches across and 13/8 inches at its widest point.
Hardwood handle with an old but firm repair, please see close-up image.
2lb 6oz (1068g) overall weight.
91/8 inches overall.
A rare and interesting hammer.