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Object Name Mattock
Catalog Number 1991.7
Date ca. 1812
Material(s) iron
Dimensions H-1.75 W-6 D-4.25 inches
Description This is a mattock head. It is made of blacksmith-forged iron. It has an oval edge and an oval eye for the handle
Notes This mattock head was found in Long Cave in Edmonson County, Kentucky around 1900. Numerous well-made tool handle fragments were found with the mattock head. Tool imprints matching the mattock were found in the nitrate bearing clay deposits in the cave.

The mattock was found in Long Cave (also called Grand Avenue Cave) in Edmonson County, Kentucky around the turn of the century. When found it had a make-shift handle on it but it wasn't the original. The cave had numerous tool handle fragments in it and they were quite well made in comparison to this handle. The mattock blade matches many tool imprints still visible in the nitrate bearing clay deposits in the cave. This mattock is identical to others found east of the Appalachians particularly in caves of Virginia and West Virginia.
Collection Duane De Paepe Collection
People De Paepe, Duane
Subjects Tools
Agricultural equipment
Mining
Nitrates
Search Terms Salt Petre
Caves
Mining
gardening
Edmonson County (Ky.)
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS