Originally Posted by junker
i think the left one from the three hanging axes ist a common german fire axe.
There are quite often here in germany on internet auctions.
But in fact a very interesting topic.
I looked in several books of mine and find less than 5 pictures of boarding axes.
If anyone is interested i will scan them and post it, when my scanner will work again.
I think you are right. That axe was the very first item in my axe collection and looks pretty recent (= second half of the 20th century), having a light wood handle (want to say, not dark of patina and handling) and a modern-looking, original paint job. 1950-1960's-ish? The spike though, is intimidating, being of strong diamond cross section, rather the more common contemporary oblong one.