A reader sent in these pictures of an old adze he had acquired, picked up at an estate sale. Age is unknown and although corroded when he found it, the blade does not seem to have seen a lot of use.
It's elegant but probably dangerous tool, swung between the operators feet, designed for the roughing out flat surfaces in wood, its blade set flat, 90° to that of an axe. There are identifying marks on the inside of the blade, but not easily readable. Our best guesses so far;
The top line looks like "RAM--CAM"
On the curved lettering on the left it looks like "---- ERHAM".
Wonder if that is ROTHERHAM, an ironworks in Sheffield?
and " ----QUALITY" in the bottom line.
Anyone with a guess to the age of this tool? Or what the stamped text actually is?