One of our newer members, who lives in Maine, must have been
aware of your company and sent a link to the group showing us
the bank hammer in your collection of old hand tools. I just
wanted to say how much I appreciate both your interest in historical
tools and being given the chance to see what they look like.
The various cancellations found on pre-War and old Confederate
money, indicate that there were all types of these tools. The
design of the sharp implement on one end could vary a great
front of a cancelled 1862 $100 Confederate bill
back of the same bill
I am attaching two images that show the front and the back of
a cancelled 1862 $100 bill. It has four hammer cancels, two
on each side and one above the other. The cutter was slightly
different in that it was missing two edges; instead of having
eight edges like your tool has, this one only had six. Perhaps
it was designed that way, or perhaps one part had broken off.
Most likely, it had fewer edges because it was damaged. The
difference in this design (other than the damage) and your tool
is that the center is circular.
Thanks again for sharing the images and the history of this
Col Crutch Williams CSA