- Rare 19th century "Liberty
and Law" parade axe, with patriotic shields carved and painted
on either side of the axe head. All original and in sound condition
with expected wear. The shields were exceptionally dirty. We
carefully cleaned and scraped the dirt and grime off of the recessed
white stripes and washed the axe heads with mild soap and water.
Otherwise, the axe is as found, with no restoration or repainting.
Approx. 48" long.
- The rule of law has long
been considered to be a fundamental element of liberty by Liberal
theorists since it is difficult to evaluate justice, an essential
element of liberty, without considering the law. This parade
axe was obviously carried by a person who shared that philosophy
during the re-awakening of liberal political theory following
the Civil War, with even Republicans forming a liberal party
to oppose re-election of President Grant in 1872. More photos
available upon request. (CM-5)
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