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Buying antique tools by mail can be fraught with risk, because of all of the hidden problems that tools might have. Even in person, these problems are sometimes missed, and even new tools sometimes have functionality issues. However, I donít believe that there is any type of tool that is more problematic to buy remotely than a saw. If a saw is kinked, it is really not worth picking up of the ground, and 9 out of ten saws that I see have a kink or other bend that makes them none-functional. Often, I see these same saws bought by colleagues, and then offered for sale as ďstraightĒ usable saws. I donít think that they are being dishonest, I just donít think that they do enough woodworking themselves to really know. If we say that a usable, you can be assured that it is. All of our saws will have straight, usable, blades, unless we state otherwise. Most of them will need at least a light sharpening. Rarely will they need setting. It takes a lot of sharpenings before you really need to set the saw teeth.

I believe that learning to sharpen your own saws is a basic skill that all woodworkers should possess, and we offer all of the files that you might need in our new tool department, as well as a DVD by Tom Law that explains it all very well. However, if you feel that you are not ready for this, or just donít want to bother, there are few places that will do a great job of sharpening a vintage saw. Do not, and I repeat, do not, take the saw to a local saw service. They will remove the handle and put the saw in a machine. Note that saws need to be sharpened regularly, so sending the saw out every time it gets dull is really not a practical solution. Sharpening a saw is not rocket science. Anyone can do it well with just a bit of practice and some patience.

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S. Simons Hdw Co, Boston, Mass

SA141262 S. Simons Hdw Co, Boston, Mass A 22" 11PPI panel saw with a hardware store etch that I have not seem before. It also reads "Sharp Cutter Brand". This saw is from the Tom Law estate and and is sharpened by Tom and ready to use. It is straight and relatively clean, but would benefit from cleaning the blade with wax and the green and white Norton synthetic pads. A well waxed saw with a smooth plate will always perform much better than a similiar saw with a plate that has not been waxed in years. G+ $99


SA141266 Unmarked This saw has the patented reinforcement on the bottom of the handle which I believe tells us that it was made by Harvey Peace. It is a 11PPI panel saw and measures a bit under 24", more like 23 1/2". It needs sharpening but it is a good straight saw that will make a great user. The handle is wheat carved applewood similar to that used on a #12, which tells me that this was a high-end saw. The upper spur has been shortened considerably. The etching is gone from the blade but is relatively clean and with a wax cleaning will be ready to go for a very modest price. Good $69

Disston Inc. USA

SA141272 Disston Inc. USA A Disston #108 coping saw. There is a sharp bend in the blade that appears to be intensional. Since the blades are disposable, it hardly matters, but it intrigues me. The saw has some nickel lost but is a good as found example. G+ $16

Henry Disston & Sons, Philadelphia, USA

SA15014 Henry Disston & Sons, Philadelphia, USA Ths is a similar style saw to the #68 but is longer and lower, and is not numbered. It is 12" long and 1 3/8" deep to the back, in other words the usable depth is 1 3/8". I don't remember seeing this size before. It has a turned applewood handle and a brass plated steel back. Nicely cleaned by a collector this is a nice straight saw that will make a good user or a collector's piece. G+ $95

Unmarked Pad Saw

SA141232 Unmarked Pad Saw A typcial rosewood handled pad saw that has seen lots of use but is in good as found condition and will make a great user for a reasonable price. It has hard to find these that are not all buffed up by the English dealers. Good $55

Fulton Special

SA141243 Fulton Special A 20", 11PPI panel saw from Tom Law's inventory. This saw was in Tom's saws for sale and I bought it from his estate. It is freshly sharpened by Tom. It has a slight bend in the blade, but Tom must have found it to be acceptable. The blade looks like it may have been chemically cleaned. This saw would not normally be good enough for us to offer, but as one of the last of the Tom Law sharpened and refurbished saws, I am making an exception. Good $78

Henry Disston & Sons

SA141247 Henry Disston & Sons A 24", 8PPI #7 panel saw that is as found and needs a light cleaning, but is straight and will make a great user. The upper handle spur has been shortened. There is one spot on the left side of scattered surface rust. The blade is otherwise smooth with a medium to light patina. This saw will be a great user at a modest cost. G+ $89

Wingfield, Rowbotham & Co.

SA141249 Wingfield, Rowbotham & Co. An open handled 12" carcass saw with 14PPI and a brass back that may be lightly hand polished, but it still has a nice patina. The blade is smooth with a medium patina. The blade is nearly perfectly straight, and would be perfectly straight if it was properly retensioned. Totally usable just as it is, after you sharpent it. G+ Sold

Henry Disston & Sons

SA141251 Henry Disston & Sons A 26", 8PPI #7 panel saw in lovely as found condtion. The blade has an even medium patina. The etching is clear and the handle shows nice honest wear with no repairs, with traces of the original paper label around the medallion. Rates a strong G+ Sold

CE Jennings Saw

14127 C.E. Jennings An exceptionally delicate key-hole saw with both a very narrow blade and a very delicate handle. There are a couple of bends in the blade out in the last third where it is really delicate. It would be fine ot use but I have never seen one before and I can see it appealing to a collector. Lovely original condition. G++ $75

Henry Disston & Sons

SA141189 Henry Disston & Sons This is probably the best number 12 that I have sold. I don't recall seeing a cleaner one. The blade is clean throughout with a perfect etch. The handle has a lovely color and much of it its original varnish. 26", 7PPI filed cross-cut, which is pretty coarse for a panel saw. A price of $3.85 was written on the handle at some point, probably when it was new. Somebody has rubbed that a bit with steel wool. It is not even easy to spot. For the connoisseur. Fine Sold

Saw Jointer

SA14129 Saw Jointer A typical cast iron American saw jointer. These are invaluable in sharpening saws, as they help to keep the teeth evenly filed. G+ Sold

Henry Disston & Son

SA141214 Henry Disston & Son This is a scarce 8" open handled Disston & Son dovetail saw with 15PPI. The teeth are not filed very evenly, but it really doesn't matter, especially on these saws with very fine teeth. It does need a light sharpening. The tote is wonderful. The medallion is a Disston & Son medallion and the back has the worm mark, but the mark is very faint on the left side, but their is no question that it reads "& Son". The back and blade have been cleaned by a collector. G+ $175

Henry Disston & Sons

SA141217 Henry Disston & Sons A 26" Disston D-8 finger hole rip saw with 5 1/2PPI. The blade appears to have never been re-sharpened and is still sharp from the factory. The blade is mostly bright and clean. There handle has some deterioration to the varnish, and some little tool box nicks. The blade rates fine but the handle is G++ Sold

Henry Disston & Sons

SA141219 Henry Disston & Sons A D-8 panel saw (also called cross-cut) with 8PPI. this is a later saw from the 40s or 50s, where the handle is not as well shaped. As users, they are great and they are a great value. This one has a light patina to the blade, which is still smooth, and it needs just a light filing. G+ Sold

E. C. Atkins & Co. Sheffiled Saw Works

SA141221 E. C. Atkins & Co. Sheffiled Saw Works A 26", 6PPI rip saw with a Zeppelin flying over a sailing ship and a lighthouse etched onto the blade. It is also maked No. 58. The blade is mostly clean with some spots of light surface rust. It is as found and needs cleaning. It is almost sharp enough to use, and would work as it is. The handle looks like rosewood but in fact is very well stained hardwood, probably beech. There is some tool box wear to the finish on the handle. A great user saw but also a collector's piece with the really neat etching from between the wars. G+ $89

B. S. V. Co

SA141160 B. S. V. Co A cast-iron American saw vice with the ball-socket type base. A high quality tool for somebody serious about learning to sharpen. As found and could use a light cleaning with wax and a rag. G+ $85

Henry Disston & Sons

SA141167 Henry Disston & Sons A 6PPI 22" rip saw. Rip saws this short are pretty scarce, and the icing on the cake is that this one is a #16. The etching is still totally legible but there is patina on the blade and the etching is not super clear, especially toward the top. It is also etched "Made for Bassett & Co, New Haven, Conn." The handle has normal tool box rash but no serous damage. This saw is still sharp and ready to use, although we recommend touching up all of the saws that we sell unless they are freshly sharpened saws. A great user saw in a very scarce configuration. G+ Sold


SA141178 Unmarked A 16" panel saw with 10TPI, a small but handy size. While not marked, it has a Warranted Superior medallion that was used by Disston, and this saw was made by them. It is a 40s or 50s saw. It is almost sharp, and needs a very light touch up. A most useful little saw to leave in your tool tray. G+ $69

R. Groves & Sons, Sheffield

SA141182 R. Groves & Sons, Sheffield A 7PPI, 26" rip saw in somewhat dirty as found condition. This seems to be a relatively early saw, with the maker's mark stamped onto the blade, not etched, and the front rounded off. The hande has no damage relatively few marks. The blade is dark overall and would need a thorough cleaning if you wanted to use it. The blade is straight until about 8 inches from the end, where there is a mild bend. I think that it would be fine to use if that is your desire. Good Sold

HS, 1896

SA14114 HS, 1896 This is a very heavy duty cast iron American saw vice. It mounts on the bench top with screws and was clearly more of a professional grade saw vice for somebody who would use it all the time rather than a clamp on type for more periodic use. It weighs about 12 pounds and is 15" accross. I don't know who made it. Cast into the base is HS and 1896. This is a saw vice for the person who wants to own the best and has the room to leave it mounted. Should clean to at least G++ $119

Henry Disston & Sons

SA14119 Henry Disston & Sons A bright clean #12 saw, 6PPI rip cut and 28" long. The handle is superb and the blade is bright with just very light patina. The only flaw, and it is minor, is that the nib looks like it has been broken off and only the stub is left. It may have started out that way. It doesn't matter. The etching is clear as well. It is very hard to find old Disston saws this clean, and this one is the top of the line #12 in an unusual configuration. It just needs a light filing. For the connoisseur. G++ Sold

Pad Saw

SA141112 Pad Saw A crisp and little used boxwood handled pad saw with a lovely light patina on the boxwood and the brass. The boxwood has an original French polish finish. The blade is nothing special, still pretty sharp but not all that straight. We sell the blades new. A superior example. G++ $69

Johnson & Conaway, Philada

SA141136 Johnson & Conaway, Philada A 12" brass-backed carcass saw with an applewood handle and the double eagles mark. The handle is lovely with no damage. The handle and back have been cleaned with fine steel wool but an idiot. Sorry, but there is no kind way of saying that. The blade has a mild curve in it that might come out with retensioning. It has a pleasing medium patina. The handle still has about 30? original finish on it. This saw will look a lot better if it gets some of its patina back. A very scarce saw from the early days of American saw making. G+ $199

Henry Disston & Sons

SA141149 Henry Disston & Sons A very scarce configuration #12 panel saw, 24" with 12TPI. This saw has seen some use but has been well cared for and never abused. The handle is damage free with a nice patina. The blade is straight, and nearly sharp enough to use. The blade does need a gentle cleaning, but it still has a full etch and should look wonderful once you clean it with the synthetic pads and wax. Just the white pads should be all that you need. When you go coarser you run the risk of scratching the high polish surface of the #12. The nib on this saw is totally intact, and is so delicate that you could probably break it off with your fingers. G+ Sold

Buck, Totn Court Rd

SA141060 Buck, Totn Court Rd A lovely boxwood handle gentleman's saw with a 7" blade, 20PPI. The front corner of the blade has been rounded. It has been polished so that the brass is shiny and has no patina. An attractive tool that will make a great user for fine work. G+ $79

Stair Saw

SA141070 Stair Saw An elegantly formed, craftsman made stair or dado saw. The lines on this saw are simple but wonderfully proportioned. I am just not sure what wood it is made from, although I would guess ash. A very nice example of a common tool. G+ $69

Payne & Co, Sheffield

SA141023 Payne & Co, Sheffield This is a crisp and little used 12" brass-backed saw. The back has the rich patina of brass that has never been polished. The blade has a pleasing smooth patina. The 12PPI teeth are filed in a pure cross-cut configuration, which is very unusual. Most old back saws have some form of hybrid tooth filing. The blade has a gentle curve caused by needing to be retensioned, a technique that is not hard to do. The teeth are dull and need a good sharpening, but make no mistake, this is a lovely saw that will make a great user. G++ $109

Henry Disston & Sons

SA141031 Henry Disston & Sons This is a very scarce rosewood handled Disston #12 in an unusual configuration, 26", 6TPI rip. The saw plate rates near fine, being mostly bright with some rust staining out towards the end and a perfect etch. The blade is still sharp and is full original height. It may be unused. The handle has had the upper spur shortened and the wood looks refinished. I downgraded the saw because of these two issues with the saw, but make no mistake, this is a greast saw in really nice condition. G+ Sold

Henry Disston & Sons

SA141037 Henry Disston & Sons A very scarce #112 26" 9 TPI panel saw. The plate is clean with a light patina and a nice etch. The 112 saw is of the same quality as the top-of-the-line 12, but it was made with a skew back and no nib. The handle is in nice original conditinon as well. The entire saw has been carefully and nicely cleaned by a collector. The teeth are not very evenly filed and need sharpening if you want to use this saw. I don't recall ever having a 112 saw and while I hate to use the word rare, ithey certainly are very scarce. G++ Sold

P.S. Stubbs

SA14107 P.S. Stubbs A delicate small hacksaw by Stubbs, the famous Lancashire maker of jeweler's tools. The blade is 3 1/2". The blade is marked Stubbs, not the frame, but I believe the blade to be original to the saw and that they are both by Stubbs. Wonderful quality and a very scarce tool in this small and delicate size. Fine $149

Henry Disston & Sons

SA141018 Henry Disston & Sons A 17PPI, 8" dovetail saw. Lightly cleaned, this is a good straight user Disston at moderate price for a genuine Disston dovetail saw. G+ Sold


SA141022 Buck An as found rosewood handled pad saw that has never been polished. The nozzle is very darkly patinated and the handle is dark enough to pass for ebony. The blade is old but unmarked. It is still a good blade, which is unusual with these. A nice example that just wants to be wiped off with some wax and a rag. G+ $65

Geo. W. Popple, Sheffield

SA140958 Geo. W. Popple, Sheffield A 12", 12PPI, brass-backed saw in nice as found condtion. There are small chips on the upper and lower spurs, but the handle is essentially intact and has a lovely form. The blade has a dark patina. There is a slight curve to the blade, near the handle, that will not hurt a thing. This can easily be correct if you prefer by retensioning the blade. (See our FAQs for a how to on this.) G+ Sold

Lawrenceburg Saw Co. Lawrenceburg, Ind

SA140967 Lawrenceburg Saw Co. Lawrenceburg, Ind A nice quality 26", 8PPI panel saw. It needs sharpening but it straight and will make a great user. The handle is wheat carved applewood. It does have a minor chip from the lower edge of the upper spur, but the handle is better than most. According to Schaffer's book, this mark was used by George Bishop. It is also makred No. 38 and Hand Made. The blade has a medium to dark patina with scarttered dark stains. This was a higher end saw when it was new and will make a great user for a modest price. Without cleaning it, it easily rates G+ $89

Wm McNiece, Philada, Spring Steel

SA140972 Wm McNiece, Philada, Spring Steel A rare 14 1/2" McNiece 12PPI panel saw. The handle is very dark and appears to be mahogany. The blade is straight until near the end were there is a slight kink, and then 3/8" from the end there is a crack in the blade that runs vertically for 3/8". The blade is smooth with a medium patina. I have seen a similar saw by Cresson, another early Philadelphia saw maker, but diminutive Philadelphia panel saws like this are rare, and I don't say that lightly. From an important collection of Philadelphia made tools and for the serious collector. G+ Sold

Turning Saw

SA140917 Turning Saw This is an American turning saw, probably made by William Johnson of Newark, New Jersey, but it is not marked. It it does retain the original turning stick, which is very distinctive and not common. It is currently dissasembled, and needs to have new pins (brad nails) installed to hold the blade, and a new string. Before you do that, It needs a good cleaning, but will easily clean to at least G+ Sold

R. Groves & Sons

SA140927 R. Groves & Sons This is a classic cabinetmaker's carcass saw, with a shallow and tapering 10" blade. I love that look. The handle is of lovely form with only a small chip out of the lower spur on the left front side. I would rate this saw higher, but the blade is not straight and it will not make a good user without work, although it is really more of a collector's saw anyway. The blade is not kinked and it is possible that by retensioning the blade it will be straight, but no promises. A great looking piece. G- Sold

Robt Sorby

SA140935 Robt Sorby This is a crisp and little used keyhole saw. It still has traces of an original label on the handle. The blade is 17". These tools were used hard and are rarely found in this condition. G++ $69

Spear & Jackson, Sheffield

SA140849 Spear & Jackson, Sheffield A classic English keyhole saw with a decorative and undamaged handle. The blade has a dark patina with some bends in the second half, as is is common for these. It is a nice, decorative tool that could probably till be used. G+ $39

C.E. Jennings

SA140852 C.E. Jennings This is a very scarce, 12PPI 18" panel saw, that was a high end Jennings saw. It is marked model 1 1/2. The etchign is totally clear. The etching side has been cleaned and has that look where the blade has been cleaned and looks almost frosty, but still smooth. The oppossite side is perfect, as good as they get. Funny how that works when saws are hung on the wall. The handle is applewood and has no damage, but looks like a coat of varnish was put on over the original finish, a long time ago. The blade has a slight bend about 2/3rds of the way out and then more prounced bend at the very end were an idiot used it to open a can or something like that. That woudl be easy to fix at the end and I don't think that the other slight bend will matter. This saw is such a gem that I would live with its flaws. I tried to price it right as well. G+ Sold

Keen Kutter Number 88

SA140853 Keen Kutter Number 88 This is a 26", 8PPI panel saw. It is in as found condition with a medium patina overall, but it is a well cared for saw with a straight blade. The handle is a wheat carved applewood handle, presumably made by Disston. Just needs a light cleaning and sharpening and you will have a first quality saw for much less than if it was actually marked Disston. This saw is from Tom Law's personal collection. It is not sharpened by Tom. Tom did not sharpen all of the saws in his collection. G+ Sold

Henry Disston & Sons

SA140855 Henry Disston & Sons This is an as found 26" D-23, 7PPI rip saw, with a mostly bright blade. There is some staining on the blade but this saw will make a great user. It is almost sharp, needing only a light touch up, and should easily clean to better than G+ Sold

Diamond Black Saw Co. Philadelphia, USA

SA140857 Diamond Black Saw Co. Philadelphia, USA A 26", 7PPI panel (panel means CC) saw with a mark that I have not seen before. As found, it should improve with careful cleaning. There are some hammer marks on the blade, around 6 - 7" from the end, as if somebody was trying to remove a kink. It seems very straight now. The handle is beech and is nicely wheat carved. An interesting saw for a collector or a user. G+ $79

Henry Disston

SA14092 Henry Disston A clean as found D-8 panel saw, 26", 8PPI. Relatively late, but still Philadelphia made. It does not appear to have ever been filed since it was new. It needs a light filing now, but the blade shows no wear. Needs a light cleaning but this saw will be as good as new and will make a great user for a modest price. G++ Sold

Hernry Disston & Sons

SA14095 Hernry Disston & Sons A top-of-the-line #12 rip saw, 26", 7PPI. The upper handle spur has been knocked off and glued back on, a long tmie ago. The blade has a medium light patina overall except for a patch of light pitting on the back side. This saw is not pristine, but it will make a great user and is priced very modestly for a genuine 12. G+ Sold

Henry Disston & Sons Henry Disston & Sons

SA140842 Henry Disston & Sons A 12" back saw with 14PPI. This saw was hanging on a wall for many years. The left side is superb, with a clear etching, clean blade, and a nicely blued back. The right side had light powder rust on it. I cleaned that very lightly just to make sure that it woudl clean OK. It will, but it will never be as pristine as the other side. What a shame. The handle is superb. The saw has seen very little use and will be a great user. It would have been a real gem. G+ Sold

Henry Disston & Sons

SA14081 Henry Disston & Sons A truly superb 8" dovetail saw with 16PPI. The original bluing on the back is still better than 95%, albeit a little faded as one would expect. There are light scattered spots of staining on the left side of the blade, which is why I put a negative on the grading. The teeth are filed a bit unevenly but that is easy to correct, and actually doesn't usually matter at all to use it. I see very few this clean. Fine- Sold

Saw Jointer

SA140671 Saw Jointer A typical American cast iron saw jointer, probably made by Disston but only marked Made in USA. Nicely cleaned up, it still looks uncleaned, but has some heavy pitting on one spot. A good user and an important tool for anyone wanting to sharpen saws. G+ Sold

Empire State Saw Works

SA140674 Empire State Saw Works A 5 1/2 PPI, 26" rip saw, As found with a mostly clean blade that has scattered spotting. Almost sharp, you could use it as is but it should have a light filing. Just one stroke on each tooth is enough. G+ Sold

alx mines de suede, R. Lamartine 6

SA14062 alx mines de suede, R. Lamartine 6 A particularly nice as found veneer saw. The blade is 4 1/2" across. The handle is fruitwood. Period veneer saws are not common and this is one of the nicest that I have seen. G++ $95

Jackson, Warranted, Cast Steel, USA

SA140554 Jackson, Warranted, Cast Steel, USA An 8' dovetal saw, 16PPI, in lovely as found condition. The back retains is original bluing and the blade is mostly clean but with some staining. It is hard to find saws this nice. There are quite a few floating around now with reblued backs, but this is totally factory original. The blade is ever so slightly off of perfectly straight. This doesn't matter, but if it bothers you, retensioning it would correct it. (To summarize: You hold the front of the blade in a vice and push the back to the rear slightly.) G++ Sold

Henry DIsston & Sons

SA140514 Henry DIsston & Sons This is a 26" Disston 6 PPI #7 rip saw. It has a clean and smooth as found blade that needs only a light cleaning with a white synthetic steel wool pad and wax. It has a light patina and the etching is clear. The handle has no damage but lots of marks from tool box storage. The blade has not been used since it was sharpened and is ready to go. When you sight down it is not perfectly straight, but its close. There is a gentle curve that is often caused by an uneven set, but it is very minor. This saw will be a great user as soon as you rub some wax on the blade. A real bargain for such a good Disston. G+ $99

Henry Disston & Sons

SA140522 Henry Disston & Sons A probably unused Disston 100th anniversary "Ninteen-Forty Special". Still as sharp as the day that it left the plant, this saw has a bright and shiny blade, except for one spot towards the end on the etched side, as can be clearly seen. The handle is pristine. This is a scarce saw in remarkable condition. It is a 26", 8PPI panel saw. It is also one of the last of the pre-War Disston saws. The etching, which is as clear as the day that it left the factory, features a DC-3 like aircraft and a streamlined automobile like the Lincolns that came out just before the war. A gem. Fine Sold

W. Sargent, Reading W. Sargent, Reading W. Sargent, Reading

SA140543 W. Sargent, Reading A classic 8" brass-backed dovetail saw, 20PPI. This plane has a most unsual chamfering to the top and bottom of the handle that put it into a special category. The back is polished. There is a slight curve to the blade which should come out if you retension the blade. Quite usable just as it is, except that it is dull. G+ Sold

Decorative Dado Saw

SA140424 Decorative Dado Saw A delicate and elegantly formed dado saw. The blade is 5 1/4" and it is 8 1/2" overall. Nicely patinated beech. Craftsman made tools vary widely in form. Some are strictly utilitarian, and some, like this one, are subtle statements of the maker's fine taste and skill. G++ $145


SA140438 Unmarked This is a delicate 8", 15 PPI brass-backed saw. It has a lighter back and a thinner handle than a typical dovetail saw and may have been made for a child, but really seems like too fine a tool for that. It does have the owner's mark, "S.O.B." stamped in 4 places on the handle. Children's tools don't typically have owner's marks. I think that it was a tradesman's tools but I just haven't seen one like it before. Lovely as found condition. G+ $95

Tingle, Drabble, & Co.

SA140385 Tingle, Drabble, & Co. This is an early 19th Century saw that certainly could pass for 18th Century in features. The blade is 12", 13PPI. It has a lovely open handle that is in remarkably good state of preservation. Some idiot has used a wire wheel on the brass back, giving it a nasty frosted surface texture. He then lacquered the back and the blade. This needs to be stripped off and the back needs to be resurfaced. The back is also pulled forward which makes it look like the blade is too short. That is easy to deal with. The back has a slight wave, but the act of push the back to rhe rear should probably cure that at the same time. I did not find reference to this exact maker, although I did find a reference to Tring, Drabble, & Sanderson. I have not seen his mark before. If you want a good early saw, this one has the potential to be superb and it would not be easy to find a better one. Good Sold

Henry Disston

SA140345 Henry Disston An early Disston 28" rip saw, pre-dating the use of etching on the blade. This saw is marked Henry Disston, stamped on the blade, with the "inch worm" mark. That part of the mark is clear, the Philadelphia part is faint. It looks like it was just struck that way. Finding a good straight and clean panel saw from this early period is not common. The configuration is also unusual, being 8 PPI rip. The saw appears to have seen very little use, and perhaps it survived because it was an odd configuration. The handle has chips in the upper and lower spur and a shrinkage check right through the medialion. It is very dry in here now, this would close up considerably in the summer. The handle is beech. I think that this a #8. This is your chance to own a mid-19th Century Disston saw that is still in usable condition. It is sharp now, but not super sharp. Certainly usable as it is. G+ $289

Sculptural Stair Saw

SA140382 Sculptural Stair Saw This is far more than a saw, it is a great example of tools as art. The craftsman who made this expressed himself artistically in a way that few of us ever can. The lines of this saw are truly sublime. Sadly, the handle has been broken off and reglued, but when a tool has this degree of elegance, that really becomes secondary. It has wonderful orginal surface and patina with a relatively clean, lightly patinated, blade. Truly a piece of folk art. The wood is beech. G+ $85

Kenyon Kenyon

SA140231 Kenyon This is an rare 18th Century English saw. It is an 18" backsaw that has an most unusal blade configuration. The blade curves up at the front to allow the saw to start blind holes. I can only assume that this is a modification, although it is done to a standard that makes it possible that it is in fact original The blade and back has been lightly "cleaned" with an orbital sander by a misguided collector. This is barely visible to the naked eye but obvious in the magnified photo of the mark. The handle is untouched with the classic early style rouned cheeks and just two rivets. The upper and lower spurs are both chipped, but they are largely inact and have no repairs on them. This is truly an extraordinary survivor. I don't recall ever seeing another 18" 18th Century backsaw. Usually, if an early saw does survive, it will be a small one like a dovetail saw. Good $365

Henry Disston, Philada Henry Disston, Philada

SA140161 Henry Disston, Philada A very scarce Herny Disston 8" 16PPI dovetail saw. The blade is clean except for a few small spots of rust. It feels sharp enough to use as it is. The closed applewood handle has a chip out of the right side of the spur but is otherwise intact. The back has traces of original bluing but is mostly just lightly patinated. Disston saws made in the first 25 years of the company are not often found in good usable condition like this. G+ Sold

Alex Mathieson & Son, Edinburgh and Glasgow Alex Mathieson & Son, Edinburgh and Glasgow

SA140179 Alex Mathieson & Son, Edinburgh and Glasgow This saw is rare on a few levels. It is only 16" long and filed 6 1/2PPI rip. Mathieson saws are also scarce. The saw is marked on the blade with a stamp, not an etching. It also has a Mathieson medalion. The handle is lovely. The blade has some rust on the left side just past the mark. The blade is otherwise patinated but still smooth. The not that goes behind the medallion is missing. Touchly untouched, a proper cleaning will do wonders for this saw, which belongs with a serious Mathieson collector. G+ Sold

Disston Disston

SA131237 Disston A Disston Keystone K-3 Pace Maker, 5 1/2PPI, 26" rip saw. This saw may be unused. It looks like the teeth have never been filed. It does need a very light touch up, just a stroke on each tooth with a file. The blade needs cleaning with one of the green synthetic steel wool pads, that's the 000 coarsness. Always use the pads with wax on them so that they don't scratch. Once you do that, it should rate at least G++ Sold

Wheatman & Smith, Russel Works, made for R. Fairclough

SA131219 Wheatman & Smith, Russel Works, made for R. Fairclough A very scarce rosewood handled dovetail saw by a scarce Sheffield maker. As found condition, with a dark patina to the back and blade, but no rust. The 9" blade is not kinked by has a slight curve to it and needs to be retensioned. 18PPI, which is very fine for an old saw. Cleary this was a real cabinetmaker's saw. The upper spur has been knocked off and glued back and pinned. This looks to me like a period repair, not something that a collector did. It is the original piece of wood put back. A special saw for the serious collector. G+ Sold

Ross & Alexander, Bishopgate St. E.C.

SA131157 Ross & Alexander, Bishopgate St. E.C. A lovely 9" open-handled dovetail saw with 20PPI. Still sharp enough to use. It is not dead straight, but close enough. I think that it would be dead straight if it was retensioned. I was just taught how to do this by a master from Williamsburgh. You hold the end of the blade in a vice and tap the back to pull the blade tight. The back is crisp with a nice patina, althought it was lightly cleaned. The blade has been cleaned. I am not familiar with this mark, but it would be a retailer, as this is a London address that would not be a saw making location. Highly recommended. G++ Sold

Keen Kutter Keen Kutter

SA130865 Keen Kutter A number 816 28" 5 1/2PPI rip saw. The etching has the Keen Kutter logo surrounded by furled banners. It looks like a Disston No. 16 to me, and most likely is. Nice as found condition with a nice medium patina. The etching is clear. The wheat carved applewood handle has an old chip to the lower edge of the upper spur, but this does not affect the overall profile of hte handle, which is a very nice handle. A very fine quality saw that is almost certainly a Disston 16. G+ $149

Keen Kutter No K500

SA130830 Keen Kutter No K500 A 26" 9PPI CC saw. I just love the etchings. Not only does it have the KK standard "The recollection of quality remains..." it also has "I recommend and fully warrant this saw to all mechanic as it is the best that money and human enginuity can produce" The etching side of the saw looks as it it was blued, but I think that it is just how it patinated. The handle also has a lovely dark patina, and no damage. The handle is not wheat carved, but is very sculptural. The blade has a bend at the very end, about 1/4" from the end, as if it was dropped on the end. That won't matter for use, but it should be easy to get rid of it you want. This will make a great user or a collector's grade saw. G++ $185

Henry Disston & Sons

SA1306101 Henry Disston & Sons This is a scarce Disston Acme 120 saw, 26" size. Somebody has recut the teeth and set them for 9ppi, CC. The blade has a dark smooth patina, but all of the etching is still totally legible. The handle has been "cleaned" with steel wool. There is a hang hole in the handle. And as if that was not enough, there is a slight bend to the blade, but it will still be fine to use. If you have always wanted a genuine Acme 120 and could not afford one, here is your chance. Good $165

The Buckeye S.V. Co.

SA13069 The Buckeye S.V. Co. A folding cast iron saw vice that is screwed to the side of a bench. It requires only one screw to hold it on. It is marked, "Pat. Nov 11, 02" This is a nice quality tool that should work as well as a conventional saw vice, it is just not as convenient if you need to take it on and off each time that you use it. It will of course take up much less room when you are not using it. G+ Sold

Henry Disston & Sons

SA130557 Henry Disston & Sons A little used Disston Number 16 panel saw, 24" and 9 PPI. The blade has mostly a medium patina, but near the handle has more of a light patina. It is untouched, in just the kind of as found condition that I like. The handle has no damage, and a lovely color. I think that the handle is cherry rather than applewood. The etching is 100% legible, but you do need to hold it at the correct angle to read it. Nearly sharp, needs only a once over with a file. A partiiclarly nice example of a high-end Disston saw. G++ $235

Henry Disston & Sons

SA130376 Henry Disston & Sons A very scarce Disston D115 75th anniversary saw. This is the first Disston Diamond Jubilee saw that I have ever had. it is etched, 1840 to 1915 with a diamond radiating in the middle of the etching. Instead of calling it Diamond Jubiliee, the etching makes a word play with that and calls it Disston Jubilee. The handle is wheat carved rosewood and damage free with about 90% original finish. The blade is smooth and straight with light patina and some scattered staining overall. The etching is perfectly legible. It isa 26" saw with 8ppi. It is sharp and ready to use, with a bit of wax on the blade. From the collection of the late Bill Phillips, who had an amazing saw collection. A connoisseur's saw. G++ Sold

C.R.R. of N.J.

SA130378 C.R.R. of N.J. This saw is clearly etched, C.R.R. of N.J., but nothing else. This stands for Cenral Rail Road of New Jersey, who would have special ordered it this way.. It is my belief that it is a Disston number 8 saw. The handle is crsip and in exceptional condition with only a few light storage scratches. The blade is clean with just minor dots of surface rust which should be carefully scraped off. I don't see too many saws in this condition. It is a 26" saw with 7PPI CC. This saw has seen very little use. It is from the personal collection of the late Tom Law, legendary saw specialist. I just say though that Tom has not sharpened this saw and it needs a light sharpening if you want to use it. Fine- Sold


SA12059 Jeweler's Saw This is a frame saw for a very fine blade, like jeweler's use, but this one is probably too large to really be a jeweler's saw. It takes a 9 1/2" blade. It holds the blades with pins, like a woodworking frame saw. One pin is missing, but these are just cut off nails. The handle is rosewood with an elegantly turned steel fitting at the end of the ferule. Lovely untouched condition. A real quality tool. It has no blade with it. Fine $45

Wheeler, Madden, & Clemson

SA120352 Wheeler, Madden, & Clemson This is a rare 12" brass-backed saw. I don't recall ever seeing another brass-backed saw by this maker. The etching is perfect and the blade is clean. The handle has a crack on the left side on the cheeck, and the lower spur is complete, but needs to be clamped where it was dropped and the wood is separated. The blade almost perfectly straight, but it looks like somebody was working on it to straighten it. The blade has been lightly polished. I am selling this saw more as a rare example than as a user. G+ $119

Herny Disston and Son

SA120236 Herny Disston and Son A 28", 5TPI number 8 rip saw. The etching is perfectly clear on this saw, as well as the addittional etching of, "Made For Geo. M. Steinman & Co. Lancaster, PA." This blade as a medium patina but it still has its original polished finish. The applewood handle also has a lovely patina. There is a bit of red paint on the handle, which meant something to someone. The hande has just a small chip in the lower spur. The teeth are no particularly evenly filed. The Henry Disston & Son mark allows us to date this saw pretty narrowly to around 1868, give or take a few years. It is rare to see a clean, straight, Disston & Son rip or panel saw. The big saws tended to get neglected. This one could be waxed and put to use today. The teeth are sharp enough to use, but I would touch them up. G+ Sold

Antique Saw

SA110129 W. Marples & Sons, Sheffield A small 9 1/2" blade bow saw with London pattern boxwood handles and an iron tightening bar. Probably from the 1920s or 30s. A nice untouched saw in a scarce smaller size. G++ Sold

Antique Saw

SA101122 James Turner, Phila A brass backed carcass saw with a classic tapering blade. The bold applewood handle has lovely patina and no repairs. Engraved on the opposite side of the back from the maker's mark is "Wm M. Lee, 1871". It is also marked Made for Bowlby & Brenner. The blade has a med. patina with light surface rust overall. The teeth are very fine and very unevenly filed. There are some chipped teeth as well. Unlike most saws that we sell, this saw is not perfectly straight and we are not selling it as a user. This is a rare saw and there is no good reason to use it anyway. The brass has been hand polished. G+ $345

Antique Saw

SA100315 W. Cresson, Philada, Sping Steel A W. Cresson keyhole saw. Cresson saws are quite scarce, in fact I will go on a limb and say rare. This saw has it its original ornate handle, with great patina, and just one chip that is not obtrusive to my eye. The blade is nearly perfectly straight, and is still sharp. This was a well cared for saw that now has a nice patined look. This is a serious collector's grade tool. G+ Sold

Antique Saw

SA100110 I. Colbeck A 14" backsaw. Erwin Schaffer's book list Colbeck as American, with no known information. Phil Baker concurs that he thinks Colbeck is American. I would have guessed that this was a very early English saw, although I did find it in the US. It certainly looks quite early. This one has a dark patina on the blade, which has a gentle wave to it. The handle hardware is all replaced at some later date. The handle has a great look, although the upper spur is shortened. I am selling this saw strictly as a collector, not a user. It is a rare early saw worthy of some respect despite its shortcomings. G- $85

Henry Disston & Sons

SA140821 Henry Disston & Sons A 26", 10PPI D8 panel saw. The blade is dark but not really rusty. The finish on the handle is deteriorated and the handle is stained, but not damaged. There is a small kink in the blade about half way out, but I think that it will still be usable. Not a TBT grade saw, but still salvagable as a user. Free to anyone who buys two other vintage saws that are not free. Good Sold

Antique Saw

SA9091 W. Taylor An 11" carcass saw by a rare Philadelphia maker with the double eagle mark on a brass back. This is the first saw that I have had by this rare early American saw maker. The handle is applewood and has a very pronounced hook forward. The blade is dark with some pitting. The brass back has been wire brushed some time ago. One screw is missing and the handle spurs are chipped top and bottom. It never had a medallion, which is consistent with its age. This is a rare saw in need of restoration. Fair $165
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SA90930 Geo. H. Bishop An important and rare brass-backed miniature dovetail saw. The blade is 8 inches, but it this is not a normal 8 inch saw. The tote is tiny. It is sharp and appears unused. I have owned it for 20 years and I have never seen another like it. I remember the day that I bought it a prominent dealer of that time offered me $1K for it, but even then when that was quite a lot of money, I could not bring my self ot part with it. Now I want somebody else to enjoy it. Fine $1195

Antique Saw

SA70354 Saw Set I love personalized antiques, be it ceramics, tools, or anything else that is named and dated. This tool is beatifully engraved, "Fred Harris, September, 1921". It is an English style saw set with a built in adjustable stop. It is more for panel and rip saws, not for fine toothed back saws. Great as found patina. This is a special tool. G+ $49

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