G - Man , I've found a few of those anchors. Was told they are made in Rockhall by a welder and hence - are called " Rockhall anchor ".
Many upper bay charter boats use them. The anchor is not heavy but holds very well , especially on shell bottom where a danforth type has trouble.
Before windlass were popular - having a light anchor that held well was a big advantage. It was no big deal to haul it in by hand so a mate was not worn out if the boat needed to move a lot.
Where did you find it ?
What could be more mundane than dying of old age or of natural causes when there is death by misadventure to be pursued ? Skip
Haven't seen one in ages. But, it's an anchor that'll fold flat while underway, and then the top piece is turned and slid thru the top, then the spike(missing) is inserted into the slot to keep it in a cross-t position that keeps it from dragging onda bottom and it would "bite" easier. Old fashioned, but it worked. Just don't see them around anymore.. Can't recall the proper name,tho.
Check out this article by John Page Williams - and see the section "anchors". It shows one on the boat "Becky D" that appears to be very close to what you have - as Skip pointed out, a "Rock Hall" anchor.
The Rock Hall anchor is very similar to an "Admiralty" anchor that gained its fame/popularity via the British Navy back in the 1800's.
This is a kedge type anchor still made but not used much anymore.
I was wondering what the slot and hole were for. i thought a part was missing. Joe Yack girl Cindi had in her flower bed as a decoration. I think her dad got from Wiley's ship yard in Perryvile.
Not sure of the name of that anchor but it is not a typical Rock Hall anchor. When assembled it is the same principal as a RH anchor. The anchors made by the blacksmith in RH are welded solid and do not fold. I had the blacksmith hand forge and weld me their small version of a SS RH anchor some years ago to use at the BB. It was a great holding anchor but a pita to store on a fiberglas boat. I sold it at the Tri State Flea about eight years ago.
In Mar of 1965 I entered the USCG and attended "Boot Camp" at Cape May NJ. One of our courses of instruction was in "Deck Tackle". The term included all lines ropes stays winchs, windlasses if it was operated from the deck ii was "deck tackle" (Excepting armament)
The anchor, Cables ,chains and windlass were all included. The CG officially recognised and approved of 4 different styles of anchor.
The Navy type, the Danforth type, the Mushroom, and the Stock, yours is a "Stock" type with the Stock itself being foldable. They also recognized the Rock, Cinderblock, and Cylinder head / Crankshaft but did not officially approve them.
The Stock type has numerous styles with fixed, wood, lead wrapped, or weighted stocks, all stock type anchors are mainly for mud or sandy bottom.
The huge stock anchors used on the large sailing ships of the past would frequently have a smaller line attached to the bottom of the anchor to faciltate retrieving an anchor trapped in "Foul Ground".
Some folks still use them, most are now seen as decorations in front of restaraunts and homes.
If you decide to use it as an ornament set it in cement, far larger ones than that one have dissapeared from front yards.