Anybody know what this hammer was initially made or used for?

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The head is 4" long x 5/8" thick. I am wondering what the slot and space was used for?

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Thanks in advance for any help. Rob
 

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It's a tack hammer. Youd put the small nail in the slot and use it to start the nail

An upholstery hammer (also called a tack hammer) is a lightweight hammer used for securing upholstery fabric to furniture frames using tacks or small nails.

Many styles have two faces, one face usually being magnetized to aid in placement of tacks (this face has a split surface to make its magnetic hold stronger). Once started, the tacks are driven with the other face. To apply tacks rapidly an upholsterer will hold tacks in the mouth and spit them, head first, onto the magnetized face of the hammer.
 
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It's a tack hammer. Youd put the small nail in the slot and use it to start the nail

An upholstery hammer (also called a tack hammer) is a lightweight hammer used for securing upholstery fabric to furniture frames using tacks or small nails.

Many styles have two faces, one face usually being magnetized to aid in placement of tacks (this face has a split surface to make its magnetic hold stronger). Once started, the tacks are driven with the other face. To apply tacks rapidly an upholsterer will hold tacks in the mouth and spit them, head first, onto the magnetized face of the hammer.
You nailed it Chris!:wink:
 

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Good thread! I have one too that’s been in family long as I can remember. Figures though, my mom use to do reupholster of chairs or couches instead of taking to dump like most do these days.
 

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My grandmother used to do upholstery in the carport all the time. Her and Grandpa had 8 rental units, most if not all were furnished. Tenants would trash the place, wreck the upholstery, she'd go get more fabric and fix it up again for the next one.
 
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