Thanks for the feedback gents. The item came out of a long term collection and I only have his word that is was a bring back, but I don't doubt it. The entire piece looks like rust patina throughout, but it's deceiving. The handle up to the loop and nails is painted with the exact same rust colored paint used on the tortoise shell coalscuttles. I have two examples to match the paint to. In addition, there are small paint splotches of WW1 feldgrau on the handle. Just a couple, but definitely WW1 felgrau. The weight of the item is about double the weight of a feldspaten. It's handy to be sure. I am also not sure if it is a trench mace/maul, but...I'm hoping
. I paid $48.00 for the thing and the elderly gentleman was selling off his collection. He says it's from WW1, but you know what a story is worth.
On the Gunboards, the preposition was made that it had a use at, possibly, log construction of the trench systems. Wood being an intregal part of the more complicated structures. Sounds plausible, but he was not sure as well. The item looks field made. The nails are meant to be permanent I think, but what do I know. I appreciate the help from this august company. Any other opinions greatly appreciated. Many Thanks, Arditi