In sorting old family pictures, my parents discovered a previously unknown relationship between two items that Seth inherited from Grandma and Grandpa.
This axe head....
...belonged to this man, our great-great-great-great-grandfather.
His name was Rasmus Brogaard and he used the axe to build his first house in America. Also he was a gold miner in the 1849 California gold rush.
We found the axe head at Grandma and Grandpa's house, but we had no idea where it came from. It was painted a gaudy gold. Seth took a liking to it and we brought it home for him. He also received the framed picture (which is not a photograph, but likely an ambrotype or daguerreotype). Then last week we found a photo of the axe and the picture together with a note on the back explaining it. So, that gold axe that we thought was just a hunk of junk has actually been in the family for six generations!
Seth boiled it in soapy water and scrubbed it with a wire brush to get the paint off.
It's incredibly heavy! Can you imagine swinging it all day chopping down trees?