A reader sends in this picture of a cold chisel he has found. I find the hitting end unusually small, sis it used to be a point before someone started hitting it? But in any case, corrosion has eaten the detail of the makers name to the point of unreadability. My guess is Brown, other guesses, might be Boyd or Row, or Bow? anyone?
To my eye that first character looks like a W.
The chisel edge seems sharper than most cold chisels, although that may be just the previous owner's work. Could be a hot chisel, but it doesn't seem quite right.
the tapered hammer end makes me think it was for soft stone carving (marble, sandstone)
I second the stone carving reply. For some reason stone carving tools tend to have tapered handles (maybe because they're moved as they're struck?); look at the 5th from the left in this set:
It looks a lot like the chisel in question.
Plus the deep pitting tells me it's made of a different steel than a cold chisel (no scientific basis just my gut).
If you squint, it looks like "R BOYD" or something similar. There seems to be a larger space between the first two characters, which would make sense for a first initial/last name.
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