American whaling blubber spade with peeling hook

length: 10 1/4"
head: 6"
socket: 4 1/4"
blade edge: 3 1/2"
weight: 1 lb 11.0 oz

A rare early to mid 1800's blubber spade. This style, with a back mounted peeling hook, is often seen in illustrations, but rarely seen in reality. Visibly hand-forged. Rusted but solidly patinated. An excellent addition to any Americana collection!