Join Date: Jan 2013
Nice axe. I have seen several of these and I believe that it is a late 19th or early 20th century French fireman's hatchet but it is a direct descendant of the French boarding axe and closely copies it.
Its small size make it unlikely to be a boarding axe as it is maybe 300mm long with a blade to spike point of perhaps 185mm. Even the smaller models of French boarding axes were more like 530mm by 230mm.
Peugeot freres have a long history of tool manufacture and go back at least to 1850.
I have seen one of these marked with the Free French cross indicating it was still in use in WWII.