Whitehouse Cannock 2 1/2lb - Gilpin pattern Chip Chop
Located along with another British axe head in Brentwood, UK - this Whitehouse and Cannock stamped axe is a 2 1/2lb Chip & Chop or Gilpin pattern head. More than likely produced during the early part of the 1900's prior to the son's becoming involved in the company and thereafter changing the stampings to "Whitehouse, Cannock, and Sons" which I have seen in 1940's produced cleavers and axes.
This example has aged beautifully, retaining a very cool dark patina and requiring very little squaring or re-profiling. A good coat of hand rubbed wax was just the thing for this head. Still exhibiting the stamped in rope details around the poll with crisp and legible markings on the cheek, this is an axe Dave has had a hard time letting go from this personal collection.
Hung on a 27" full burned white ash haft by Trinity Boletus in Quebec, CA the curve and balance of this axe is mesmerizing! Truly fantastic workmanship in the fit and finish of both the handle and leather snap sheath. Paint detail in British Red was just added to further embellish and highlight this axes heritage. An heirloom piece that although made in greater numbers a hundred years ago, is absolutely deserving of the Heritage Chop.