East Highgate, Vermont
1880-1889 (Est. 1812)
Axes, Handles, Scythes, Wetstones
Rixford lits an "Est. 1812" date, but probably succeeded L.&L.P. Rixford or possibly some even earlier business. It's unclear whether RIXFORD and EBONY marked axes are earlier or later Rixfords or from the Canada Axe & Harvest Tool Mfg. Co.
O.S. Rixford was the youngest son of one Luther Rixford and evidently succeeded him around 1838. He built a foundry to make stoves around 1865 and employed roughly 30 people at the time.
Nelson, Robert E., Ed. (1999). Directory of American Toolmakers: A listing of identified makers of tools who worked in Canada and the United States before 1900. Early American Industries Association.
Rixford, O. S. (ca. 1887). O. S. Rixford's scythes and axes East Highgate, Vermont. T. O. Metcalf & Co., Printers, 48 Oliver St., Boston, MA.
http://www.rootsweb.com/~vermont/FranklinHighgate.html -- Highgate township history including notes on O.S. Rixford