This tool at Smith’s Tavern is a unique short handle scythe, with the blade fitted upside down. Etched into the blade close to the handle is “F.K.”. A scythe is traditionally a two-handed tool used for cutting grains or hay. This tool was definitely handmade and probably was used for a specific task.
This tool could also be a froe, with its blade reversed. The cutting edge of the froe was not swung but hammered. The flat edge could be struck with a mallet, maul, or a small beetle while the cutting edge split the wood.
If anyone does know more about this particular tool, please email the Historical Society with this much-needed information.