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    Vintage Beatty & Son Cleavers

    I have two vintage Beatty cleavers up for sale from my own personal collection.




    1. Size - #1
    Steel - cast
    Handle - Possibly hickory (Beatty was known to use this) - varnish removed
    Edge Length - 8"
    Overall Length - 16.5"
    Weight - 2.5lbs (nearly)
    Vintage - 1800's
    Marked - "W.M. BEATTY & SON CHESTER PENNA.", "1", with steer centered
    Condition - Cleaned, some rust pitting, hammer marks on spine, slight crack in handle near ferrule, handle very tight & secure

    Price - $95 (+actual shipping costs)



    2. Size - #Extra 0
    Steel - cast
    Handle - unknown wood - varnish still in place
    Edge Length - 7"
    Overall Length - 12.5"
    Weight - 1.5lbs (nearly)
    Vintage - 1800's (Early Production)
    Marked - "ESTABLISHED", "CAST STEEL MEDIA", "W. BEATTY & SON", "EXTRA 0", with eagle/shield/arrows
    Condition - Some rust remains, pitting, hammer marks on spine, slight crack in handle near ferrule, handle very secure & tight

    Price - $75 (+actual shipping costs)



    Both of these cleavers are easily over 100 yrs (and maybe even up to 200 yrs) old made in a time when water power was the only power. WM Beatty used the cast steel process to make some of the toughest tools still known to man. The handles were often engine turned from solid hickory. Anyone who's ever looked into vintage cleavers knows that these were the best made cleavers ever, second to none, and the fact that they've stood the test of time is simply remarkable since no one collected tools back when these were made, they were used and used hard without exception.

    I've gone ahead and found these, removed the excess rust, and sharpened them up so that they can go straight to work for you. The edges will slice and push cut paper as easily as any Japanese knife will. A note to the next owners - respect these things or you will get cut bad!

    I'll make two separate posts of pictures to follow showing each cleaver's details.

    If you have any questions please ask.

    Dave


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    This is the #1
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    This is the # - Extra 0
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    1810 or 1910?

    -AJ

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    Quote Originally Posted by ajhuff View Post
    1810 or 1910?

    -AJ
    I corrected that AJ, I don't know the dates however if I was to go by known markings the Extra 0 should place early 1800's. The company started in 1806 and the eagle marking was used (to my understanding) early.

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    You're killing me here Dave. Damn you!

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    I think the fact that they say cast probably dates them to late 1800s early 1900s for earliest production. Very tempting.

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    The "& Son" apparently puts it prior to 1839, and the Eagle was the first signature mark they used, so that'd be the older of the two.

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    So tempting.....
    It's not the Answer it's the Experience

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    Interesting conundrum.

    -AJ

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