"jump", verb, in iron-working

George Thompson george.thompson at NYU.EDU
Wed Oct 10 15:17:59 UTC 2012

>From an advertisement by a blacksmith, in Delhi, N. Y. (near Oneonta):

            A supply of new axes will be constantly kept  on hand, and old
ones jumped at the shortest notice.

            Delaware Gazette (Delhi, N. Y), December 7, 1825, p. 3, col. 2

I have no idea what this guy is offering to do.  But it doesn't seem to be
covered by the OED, whatever it is.

 *13.* *a.* *Iron-forging*. To flatten, ‘upset’, or shorten and thicken the
end of a rail or bar by endwise blows. Also *transf.*
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1851   *Illustr. Catal. Great
* 249   The ends of the rails will not be jumped up or flattened by the
wheels coming in contact with them, which is now the case.
1858   W. Greener *Gunnery in
* 434   Fine powder will not do it, but, on the contrary, would jump up the
end of the harpoon, or bend it.
1874   S. J. P. Thearle *Naval
* 99   Sometimes the butts..are fitted by chipping and ‘jumping’ them; that
is, by hammering the butt of the plate until it fits against the butt of
the next plate.
1883   W. J. E. Crane *Smithy &
* 43   The extreme end is made white hot, and instantly thrust down or
‘jumped’ several times upon the anvil.

I have only vols. 1-2 of DARE, so I don't know what it has to say.


George A. Thompson
Author of A Documentary History of "The African Theatre", Northwestern
Univ. Pr., 1998, but nothing much since then.

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