"Alexander Thesoso" wrote:
1022 Fireman's axe, hydrant valve wrench.
This could be right, but a couple of things make me wonder: 1.) The valve
stems on all the fire hydrants I have ever seen have five sides, to keep
people from opening them with ordinary wrenches. 2.) Firemen's axes always
have a demolition spike on the head--not a hammer head. 3.) Since a
firemen's axe is used to break into burning buildings, it is much more
aggressive looking: longer handle, handle has non-slip shape at the free
end. This one appears to be wedge-shaped at the end, which is really
Could this be for the kind of fireman who stokes a steam engine firebox?
The square hole might then be for a steam valve.