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An old utility hammer manufactured by John Bertram & Sons Co. of Dundas Ontario, Canada. On display outside of the Local Museum in Massey Ontario, between Sudbury and Sault Ste. Marie. I guess-timate that it’s between 150 and 200 lbs. I took these pictures 28 March 2012.

I’m not sure of the hammer’s history, or if it ran off air or steam. But there’s still a certain appeal to seeing it kept for historical reasons and sort of maintained (painted at least) rather then scrapped.



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Forgemaster - until you commented about it I hadn't noticed the dies being 90 degrees out.

Also I checked Google Earth Streetview, if you follow the Trans-Canada highway through Massey you'll see the hammer on the northern side of the street. At the time I took the pictures, I thought it was a touch ironic/ bit of kismit to find the hammer there.


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There is a big H frame hammer along the way to "The Big Pit" coal mine museum in Wales and I found a blacksmithing museum in Germany once as they had a 250? Kilo "luft hammer" at the end of the driveway.

Better a display than scrapped; but better still to be in USE!

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Got some by the road hammers here in Aus, this one is under an overpass on the Great Western highway (I think) in Sydney. It originally came from Chollora Junction Railway workshops. Missing the bottom die and anvil though of course.


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