19TH C AXE BROADSIDE GEO W UNDERHILL EDGE TOOL CO NASHUA, NH (LIZZIE BORDEN AXE) For Sale
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19TH C AXE BROADSIDE GEO W UNDERHILL EDGE TOOL CO NASHUA, NH (LIZZIE BORDEN AXE):
RARE LATE 19TH CENTURY AXE BROADSIDE'GEORGE W. UNDERHILL EDGE TOOL CO.,' NASHUA, NH(*The infamous Lizzie Borden used an Underhill Edge axe to kill her father and step-mother in Fall River, MA)(Circa x 12½"Width (Frame)
DESCRIPTION:This very rare late 19th century American paper broadside is from the axe maker located in Nashua, New Hampshire, the 'Underhill Edge Tool Company,' made famous because the notorious alleged axe murderer and killer of her father and step-motherLizzie Borden, allegedly used an Underhill Edge axe to commit the bloody, vicious murders in her home in Fall River, Massachusetts back in 1892. The double-murders shocked Fall River, New England and all of the United States, as well as the world and were covered feverishly nationally and internationally by the press and made Ms. Borden a controversial celebrity and either a malevolent villian or a falsely-charged, maligned, innocent woman. The case was hotly debated everywhere during her highly covered murder trial for the nefarious crimes. Her name became literally a household word. The paper broadside was found right here in southern New Hampshire at an estate sale in Nashua, NH. It was wrapped in polymer plastic stretch wrap to protect it and thrown hastily into a contemporary frame. The edges of the paper broadside appear to be hand-cut and there are some noticeable episodes of rust-colored foxing and tanning, due to it most likely being framed against pine backing board when it was in an earlier period frame. It also suffers two areas of paper loss (small holes) the size of a small button on the crease intersections on the left center folds. The right center intersection folds are weakened but there's no paper loss. It should be reprepared with archival mat preparation. If you are a collector of early American advertising broadsides, with their strange, wonderful graphic iconography and hand-set type face, then you may want to consider this particular broadside, for few can boast featuring their company's manufactured axe, that was allegedly used to commit one of the most notorious crimes and double-murders of the late 19th century in the United States. The names of Lizzie Borden and the Underhill Edge Tool Company, once located in Nashua, New Hampshire will be forever entwined. An important and an amazing late 19th century piece of ephemera, history and American cultural artifact. Extraordinary and very rare. Simply magnificent. History buffs, ephemera addicts, advertising collectors, you know who you are. Ready, set, go. Find another. You better get going.
CONDITION:Fair to Good overall vintage condition. The late 19th century paper broadside was previously folded and there are as mentioned, two small areas of slight paper loss at two of the folded, creased intersections and some minor to moderate episodes of foxing (acid burn through the paper's surface.) The paper broadside's edges appear to be hand-cut. This rare broadside was hastily thrown into this contemporary frame after being shrink-wrapped to protect it at some point previously. It should be reprepared with an archival, 100% acid-free mat board and backing system and placed in a period, late 19th century frame, with miter-cut mat board to keep the broadside paper's surface from coming into direct contact with the glass.(*Please scroll down to view enlarged photos below. Thank you.)