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I found this hammer head with a metal detector many years ago at homesite that’d burned in the 19th century. Seems to be cast and has lots of corrosion pits, included big one on the main face. Sides are chamfered, and the smaller face is not parallel to the bigger one.

Not sure it’s mounted right side up or not on this handle.
Is there a name for this hammer type? Would it have any use with a dished face? 

Thank you






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Dimensions are in the photos. Weight is a bit less than 2lbs. Have not spark tested but think it is cast steel, not wrought, based on pocked appearance vs “grainy” rusted wrought I’ve dealt with. 
Closest shape I’ve seen is a Bell linesman pointed peen hammer. Ship maul is similar, but this has a deliberate curve to the narrow end. 

Just trying to understand what it is before any doing repurposing....though the rather small roundish eyehole will make getting a strong handle on it difficult. And the deep surface defect may require too much grinding. Guess this will remain a junk basher for now, instead of wasting time trying to tweak it into a nicer more useful tool.

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Of course they were not casting steel hammers back then; "Cast Steel" was a material used  to forge high grade tools from. They would take blister steel or shear steel  and melt it in a crucible to remove the ferrous silicates found in those materials and to homogenize the carbon content and then teem it into ingots that were then worked.

Some low grade hammers were cast from cast iron; but few have survived.

What makes you think it was cast to shape?

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