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    Going thru FILs old tools (mostly rusty junk) and came across this hammer (the one on the right)
    Anyone know what it was for?

    The one in the middle has" Brades 1773" stamped on it
    There are several more Blades
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    i think it is a european style cross peen or warrington hammer

    regards david

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    But the German 'cabinetmakers' hammer has the cross-peen end t'other way round (which seems counter-intuitive to me, I obviously don't know exactly what that side is used for). And is there a consistent difference between cross-peens intended to work metal & those made for cabinet makers to drive nails into wood??

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    I found out it's a Brades hammer circa 1917 - Brades are known by their four digit patent number but cannot seem to find a 4 digit number on this one.
    Still don't know what it was for.

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    Bob

    Brades were a British company based, apparently, a little outside Birmingham (not in Birmingham). They produced general hardware including hammers. This is from their 1934 catalogue. I looked in catalogues from 1941 and 1951 without finding anything.

    It appears that it is a riveting hammer. (Top row second from the left.)



    There is a four figure number and it may be either 1352 or 1752.

    From the picture above your hammer may have been rehandled the wrong way around

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    Bob

    Here is your ball pein hammer from the same catalogue:

    Brades ball pein 1934.jpg

    No.1773 and described both as "ball pein" and "engineer's" hammer. The same hammer appeared the following catalogues:

    1910 (Brazilian edition - very much pared down )
    1939 (Spanish edition)
    1941
    1951

    Catalogues after this time, 1964 (Now Brades Skelton Tyzac and 1970 (same company, but maybe absorbed by Spear and Jackson) showed a reduced range with only three figure model designations. So I can confidently say it was anytime between 1910 and 1951, but possibly outside of these times too.

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    May I ask ?
    The all knowing brains trust.
    So what end does what,I know that seems a silly question.
    Do we thump with one end rivet peen with the other?

    Cheers Matt [emoji1782]

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simplicity View Post
    May I ask ?
    The all knowing brains trust.
    So what end does what,I know that seems a silly question.
    Do we thump with one end rivet peen with the other?

    Cheers Matt [emoji1782]
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    Now you've got me. I only know (now, after looking it up) what it is: Not how it is used . Your guess is probably better than mine.

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    Brades made some lovely tools. Their garden tools in particular still command good prices in the UK.
    My understanding is the hammer in question is an “Exeter” style hammer.
    I have a few and that one seems upside down to me.

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    Matt,

    I've used the thin end of my Warrington hammer to start very small brads, the head slips easily between your finger and thumb, once started just flip the head about to hit them home.

    Graham

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    Graham's mention of the Warrington pattern cross pein hammer, which is not that dissimilar to Bob's Riveting hammer (here is me sounding all knowledgeable after one day of awareness), reminds me that one use of the Warrington hammer is to place glazing brads to hold in window panes. The action is to slide the cross pein down the glass to engage the brad, which is held flat against the glass. Graham has added an additional use.

    Bob's hammer may work for this purpose as it is a the moment, although that would not be the case if it was mounted correctly on the handle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by macg View Post
    Matt,

    I've used the thin end of my Warrington hammer to start very small brads, the head slips easily between your finger and thumb, once started just flip the head about to hit them home.

    Graham
    I read something years ago (possibly in an early FWW magazine) that described using the 'blade' end in the same way to start upholstery tacks, so you seem to be in good company, Graham....

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    Do a search for Seth Woods a fine mid north coast NSW blackamith producer of stunning hammers.
    You'll find similar used by blacksmiths as in the hammers Paul has shown.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bushmiller View Post
    Graham's mention of the Warrington pattern cross pein hammer, which is not that dissimilar to Bob's Riveting hammer (here is me sounding all knowledgeable after one day of awareness), reminds me that one use of the Warrington hammer is to place glazing brads to hold in window panes. The action is to slide the cross pein down the glass to engage the brad, which is held flat against the glass. Graham has added an additional use.

    Bob's hammer may work for this purpose as it is a the moment, although that would not be the case if it was mounted correctly on the handle.

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    Sorry Paul
    No that would be a glaziers hammer,

    I do hope your not feeling hammered in this thread.[emoji849]

    Cheers Matt.

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    Paul,

    yes I've used it for fixing glass and mirrors as well, the action I use is to lay the hammer on its side on the glass
    and slide it to make contact with the brad, there is then no danger of breaking the glass.

    Graham.

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