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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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Wm Marsden Wm Marsden Wm Marsden

SA160660 Wm Marsden A very scarce 20" backsaw by William Marsden, who worked in Sheffield from 1825-1828 according to Simon Barley's book (which we have for sale but it is not on the website yet) I have not seen this maker before and the size really makes it special. The blade is patinated, but it is mostly smooth with very little rust. The handle wonderful. The upper spur and lower spur are both pretty much intact, although both have had minor damage glued. The blade is nearly dead straight, as good as you will find in a saw of this age and size. Truly an awesome saw from a good old collection. G+ $269

T. J. Gardner, Narrow Wine St. Bristol

SA160636 T. J. Gardner, Narrow Wine St. Bristol This is a little used saw that was not stored well. The handle is superb. There is some rust on the blade, mostly light, and some heavier rust on the back. Garnder was a planemaker and this saw was of course bought in from a Sheffield maker. It is a 14" saw with a bit over 3 1/2" depth of cut, and 12 PPI. It is perfectly straight and should be restorable to make a great user saw. I should clean to better than its current Good $69

Henry Disston & Sons

SA16061 Henry Disston & Sons This is the last of the sharpened saws that I got from Tom Law's estate. It is a 24" Disston #16 panel saw with 10 PPI. The blade is cleaned and has a light patina. The etching is totally legible but not bright. The handle has no damage but the finish is worn. The blade is not perfectly straight but it is close and certainly will work great as Tom tested every saw. A scarce and desirable configuration, a high end Disston model, and sharpened by Tom Law. What more can I say. G+ $195

Tohs Ibbotson & Co. Tohs Ibbotson & Co. Tohs Ibbotson & Co. Tohs Ibbotson & Co.

SA16066 Tohs Ibbotson & Co. I have owned this tool for some time, hoping to find out what it was for. It is beautifully made, as you would expect from Thomas Ibbotson. The handle is Lignum with great color and sap wood. It measures 24" overall. The teeth are cut rip, 4 1/2 PPI. The back of the blade is tapered almost to an edge, presumably to allow the tool to cut curves. If anyone recognizes this tool please let me know. G++ Sold

Pad Saw

SA160559 Pad Saw An as found rosewood padsaw with a particularly nice piece of Brazillian rosewood that retains most of its original finish. There is a mark on the handle but I can't read it and I am guessing it was an owner's mark. The brass nozzle has a dark rich patina and is still nice and tight on the handle. This is one of the better examples that I have had. G++ $79

Panel Saw

SA160582 Panel Saw This is a typcial 1950s or early 1960s American 26" panel saw with 10PPI. The mark was printed on and is too worn to read. The saw has a plywood handle. There are a few light stains on the blade but it is mostly very clean. The handle has scratches to the finish but no damage. Not of the quality of a pre-War saw, but still as good as any made today and a great user. It needs a light filing. G+ $35


SA16051 Wentworth's Saw Vice A Wenthworth's Number 1 cast iron saw vise. This is a great quality saw vice that allow you to shrpen your own saws. What some people condsider a drawback to the design is that instead of clamping on the edge of your bench, it screws on. However, there is a workaround on this that actully makes this style even mroe useful. I you mount the vise to a board and put the board in your bench vise, you can then adust the height of the vise to be comfortable for you. Standard bench mounted vises are too low if you are standing and too high if you are sitting. This vise is as found and could use a light cleaning. G+ Sold

Unmarked Saw Vice

SA160521 Unmarked Saw Vice An as found cast-ron saw vise of typical form that needs a good cleaning. This is a good quality American vise of about 1900. Very often the jaws on saw vises are sprung or misaligned from being misued in some way. Of course we don't sell exampes like that. This one just needs a good cleannig and it will rate at least G+ $59

Craftsman Made

SA160447 Craftsman Made A classic English bow saw. I believe that it is stained ash with fruitwood handles. The blade is 14" and looks original. This is a very nice example in as found condition. As me if you want a new blade with it. I might have one that fits it. I have a bunch of old stock blades for these saws. G+ Sold

Henry Disston & Sons

SA160410 Henry Disston & Sons A 10" 15PPI backsaw that could really be used as a dovetal saw or a carcass saw. The applewood handle retains traces of the original label, but nothing that is legible. The teeth are well formed, but dull, so you will need to file it, but it should be easy, i.e. no shaping of teeth or setting. G+ Sold

Taylor, German Steel

SA160430 Taylor, German Steel This 10" carcass saw has a truly wonderful handle, with no damage and great form. The blade is 13PPI, but it is not perfectly straight and I am not recommending it for use. It is a rare early saw and should be preserved for postertiy. The back is correded, but I have scraped it around where the mark is and it should clean up find if you follow are recommended technique for scraping corrosion. Do not use an abrasive on it. See our FAQs section for more details. With proper attention tis will make a great looking saw from the early 19th Century. Good $95

J.D. Darlington J.D. Darlington

SA1603110 J.D. Darlington A 14" steel-back saw with 13 PPI, CC. (about 3 1/4" max. depth of cut) The saw is as found and the blade is bright in spots and rusty in others. The back side is worse than the marked side. The etching is still visible, but not clearly legible. Darlington worked in Brooklyn, NY. The blade is not perfectly straight, but it is very close and should be fine as is. It would likely become perfect if you retension it. It should be restorable to a great user saw, but as it is I rate it Good Sold

Patent Handle Saw

SA1603120 Patent Handle Saw A 26" straight back rip saw with 4 1/2 PPI. This saw is still relatively sharp but needs a short stroke with a file on each tooth. It has seen very little use. This is a common patent saw, but I can't remember off hand who made it. The handle is marked, Pat. June ... The blade is etched with an old steam engine passenger train, but the etching is very faint now. Otherwise it would be a fantastic piece with this etching. The passenger car is marked 39. A great user saw that is not quite there for a discerning collector. G+ $109

Saw Vise

SA160374 Saw Vise A classic clamp on style cast-iron American saw vise. It weights nearly 6 pounds, and is more on the heavy duty side. It uses a thumbscrew lock rather than a cam. This is slower but locks tighter. The only flaw is that the pad is missing from the top of the bench clamp screw., so you need to put a piece of metal under it to protect your bench. Not a big deal, but I made this vise much cheaper to reflect this, as this quality of saw vise is usually $30 more in this nice clean condition. G+ Sold

Spear & Jackson Spear & Jackson

SA160376 Spear & Jackson An as found 10" carcass saw with a shapely open handle typical of antique British saws. The blade has no kinks. It has a very slight curve that would tension out and wouldn't matter anyway. The teeth are a total mess and need to be refiled. There is some pitting on the blade on the side opposite the maker's mark. The handle has some small chips on the lower spurs, but is essentially intact and better than most. This is a great looking saw that can easily be brought back to working order, and will be worth twice as much then. G+ Sold

Henry Disston & Sons, Philada

SA160355 Henry Disston & Sons, Philada A 10" brass-backed Disston dovetail saw with 15 PPI with an owner made mahogany sheath that has kept it safe for all of these years. The blade has a slight taper, which is popular these days for dovetail saws. The applewood handle has light tool box rash but no damage and a lovely patina. The brass back has not been polished and has nice color as well. The blade has some staining but is mostly clean. Disston brass-backed saws of this quality are few and far between. G+ Sold

F. Butler

SA160324 F. Butler A very appealing little saw for very delicate work. It is marked F. Butler and Cast Steel. The handle is rosewood. The blade is straight and still relatively sharp, despite being so delicate. It measures 7 inches overall. The ferule is missing from the handle. As found with a medium patina. I have not seen another similar saw. I really like this tool a lot. G+ Sold

Wm. Taylor

SA1602111 Wm. Taylor A 14" backsaw with 3 1/8" depth of cut and 12 PPI. The blade has been cleaned of light oxidation and the handle is untouched. It should make a good user saw. It just needs a light filing. G+ Sold

Lloyd Davies Lloyd Davies Lloyd Davies

SA160260 Lloyd Davies A lovley 14" backsaw with a steel back. Marked "S&J" and "German Steel" as well as "Lloyd Davies" which was a brand name of Spear and Jackson. The handle has a flat bottom and only two screws. The blade and back have been nicely cleaned and have a medium to dark patina with some very light pitting. The saw is sharp and straight and should be usable as it is, but I hope that a collector will buy this one. G+ Sold

Rosewood Pad Saw

SA160282 Rosewood Pad Saw A lovely Victorian padsaw with a Brazillian rosewood handle with lovely grain. The nozzle has lovely color. The blade is old and should be kept with the saw. If you want to use it, buy one of our new blades and save the original one for posterity. A nice honest example. G+ Sold

Simonds Crecent Saw Tool

SA160216 Simonds Crecent Saw Tool A combination raker filing gauge and jointer for crosscut timber saws. It is in the original box, which is a bit tatty. The tool needs a light cleaning but should easily clean to G++ $29

E. C. Atkins & Co

SA160175 E. C. Atkins & Co An as found 10" carcass saw with 14 PPI. The blade is mostly bright, and the etching is mostly clear, but there is some rust staining up towards the top of the blade near the back, and extending onto the back. It must have been stored in a pouch that was touching in these spots. It is still very sharp and rready to use. The handle still has a lot of original finish, but it also has a lot of tool box rash. The back still retains quite a bit of bright bluing. This is a very nice saw, that if it has been stored a little better, would be much more expensive. G+ Sold

Saw Vice Saw Vice Saw Vice Saw Vice

SA160152 Saw Vice A cabinetmaker made saw vice of extraordinary quality, the best that I have seen. It is makde from beech, with a rich and attractive patina. The detailing on this piece set it apart from the pack. The jaws are attached to the uprights with beautifully executed mortice and tenon joints. The jaws are about 10" wide. The hinge for the jaws to open is very cleverly disguised as part of the fancy molding at the base of the upright. The head of the wooden screw has been split and is reinforced with an iron strap. This is part of its history, but it pulled the condition grading down. From my personal collection and highly recommended. G+ Sold

Wm Marples & Sons, Sheffield, Eng

SA16016 Wm Marples & Sons, Sheffield, Eng A nice as found 12" turning saw. Instead of using string to tension it, this one has a steel rod with a thumbscrew. A great user or a collector's piece. Rates a strong G+ Sold

E. C. Stearns & Co

SA151221 E. C. Stearns & Co A nice as found cast iron American saw vice. It needs a light cleaning, but you can use it just as it is and as it sits it rates G+ Sold

Henry Disston & Sons

SA151227 Henry Disston & Sons A super clean 20" Disston #16 panel saw with 9 PPI. The blade clean with only very light staining. The handle has lovely color and shows little usage wear, but it does have some tool box scratches. This is a really great example in the scarce and desirable 20" size. G++ Sold

Hudson Tool Co. #8

SA151139 Hudson Tool Co. #8 A 9 PPI 26" panel saw. Hardware store marked but really a Disson #8. The blade needs cleaning with sole some very light surface oxidation and some old dried sap and or grease. It will clean beautifully and will make a great user. It is almost sharp now, it just needs one pass with a file. G+ Sold


SA151148 Kenyon This is a rare survivor, an 18th Century panel saw. It is a 24" panel saw with 8 PPI . It is well worn and not straight enough to use, but you don't buy this saw to use. The handle spurs have been shortened over the years, but not in at least 100 years. The handle has a fantastic untouched patina. The handle has been carefully marked, EDW, in a style that looks quite early and was probably the original owner. The mark is not very good. I can clearly read "NYON" and see three crowns above it, the left crown being very faint. A serious collector's piece. Good Sold

Henry Disston & Sons

SA151161 Henry Disston & Sons An as found Disston 26" #16 saw, with 7 PPI. It is filed with a hybrid CC and rip configuration, which was more typical of how saws were filed back when professionals were the primary users. This saw has a nearly bright blade. A thorough cleaning with the synthetic steel wool pads should leave the blade mostly bright. It is a much better saw than what one usually sees. The wheat carved applewood handle has no damage although it does have finish loss from normal wear. Should clean to G++ Sold

New England Saw Works, Providence, RI

SA151120 New England Saw Works, Providence, RI This is a high-grade 26" panel saw, with a wheat carved applewood handle and London Spring blade. it is unusual in having 6 PPI, which is quite coarse of a panel saw (cross-cut saw). This saw would rate near fine, but for a band of rust on the etched side where it was touching a leather case. Never leave tools touching leather for long periods. I can't tell you how many times I have seen rust like this caused by the tanning acids in leather. The saw will make a great user, but the rust is unsightly and has ruined the collector's value of a superby, high-end American saw. It has the pateneted handle with the reinforcment at the base. I think this was Harvey Peace but I can't remember for sure. Somebody out there will tell me. Needs sharpening, but it will be an easy sharpening as the teeth are even and well set. Good Sold

Orignal Dealer Sign:  Disston Saws

SA15102 Orignal Dealer Sign: Disston Saws This sign was removed from a cabinet in a hardware store that once held saws for sale. Our picker tells me that the cabinet was purpose made for this hardware store. The sign is brass that has been acid etched to remove the background, whic his painted black. It is absolutely as found with a pleasing patina. It measure s 10" by 1 3/4". I am thinking that this sign is turn of the Century, i.e. somewhere around 1900. An important piece of ephemera for the Disston collector. G++ $389

Folding Portable Saw Vice

SA150989 Folding Portable Saw Vice This is a folding saw vice that was made to keep in a carpenter's tool kit. It is made from steel rather than cast-iron, and clamps onto the edge of a bench. This one needs a good cleaning and has some light rust, however it would work fine just as it is, with no cleaning. You must have a decent saw vice to sharpen a saw, and you really need to learn to sharpen your own saws if you are serious about traditional woodworking. This is a cheap solution to that problem. G+ Sold

Boxwood Pad Saw

SA1509115 Boxwood Pad Saw An unmarked boxwood pad saw with a nice rich patina. The nozzle is loose and the screws holding it on are modern replacements that clearly aren't doing the job. There is also a check in the boxwood eminating from the blade slot in the rear. With a bit of attention this will make a great user. It has an old blade with it. Free to the first person who orders it and spends more than $100 on saws. Good. Sold

R. Groves & Sons, Sheffield

SA150913 R. Groves & Sons, Sheffield This is a relatively early 26" panel saw with a rounded front and a fantastic handle with long spurs that remain undamaged. The spurs are so long that they show you how many early saws that look OK have actually had their spurs shortened to hide damage. This blade is embossed with the maker's name and there "crown over USE" logo. This saw is not straight and is not a usable saw. I am selling it strictly as an early saw for a collector. Do not buy it with any thought that you can ever use it. The is dark with scattered light pitting. I really like this saw. Panel saws this early are few and far between. Good Sold


SA150928 Atkins A clean and shiny Atkins No. 54 26", 7 PPI panel saw. This is quite coarse for a panel saw. It is almost sharp and just needs an ever so light touch up. The handle has some tool box wear to the finish. I would rate the blade fine and the handle G+, so overall I gave it G++ $85

J. D. Darlington

SA150866 J. D. Darlington A 14" backsaw with 13 PPI and a 3 1/8" max. depth of cut. This is a straight, as found backsaw, that should clean up to make a good user, but as it stands it has significant oxidation issues on the right side, although it is not deep and should clean up reasonably well. The blade back still retains its original bluing where it is not oxidized. The handle is quite nice with no issues. These Brooklyn made saws are not common. The left side still has a lot of bright metal on the saw plate and I can see the etching, but I don't think that it will ever be very clear again. Should clean to about G+ Sold

Patent Handle Saw

SA150877 Patent Handle Saw A 26", 4 1/2 PPI rip saw that looks like it may still have the original factory filing. It certainly shows no appreciable loss of height. It is almost sharp now and just needs a very light touch up. I should know off hand who made it, but I can't remember for sure and I don't want to say and be wrong. The handle is marked "Pat. June 8 XX" The blade is etched with a steam locomotive pulling some old passenger cars. It is a really neat etching, but sadly it is not very clear any longer. If you look closely you can see the marks where some idiot polished around the etching with an orbital sander. I think tha tthis ruined any chance of bringing it back more clearly. I can't really read the name etched under the scene but it migh be Warner. This saw is still interesting to a collector but I am pricing it strictly as a user. The blade is really only sttained, not pitted, except in one spot about the size of a coin on the left side, up towards the handle. G+ $109

Melhuish, Fetter Lane, Holborn E.C.

SA15082 Melhuish, Fetter Lane, Holborn E.C. A 14" Sheffield made brass-backed saw with 11 PPI. Please are often asking me if back saws are rip or CC. With old British saws, they are almost always filed in a hybrid of the two. This saw is no exception. It will need a light filing before it will be usable. The blade is not kinked, but it does have a light curve that can porbably be tensioned out. See our FAQs. The handle has no damage, but the handle and the back have been gone over by a fool with steel wool. A great user saw, but not collector's grade thanks to the encounter with steel wool. G+ Sold

E. C. Stearns & Co., Syracuse, NY

SA150835 E. C. Stearns & Co., Syracuse, NY This is a high quality cast iron folding saw vice that clamps onto the edge of a table or bench. It is much heavier and higher quality than most folding saw vices. Needs only a light cleaning and is should rate G++ $50

Henry Disston & Son

SA150664 Henry Disston & Son A very scarce 15" #7 panel saw with 10PPI. The blade is clearly etched despite having a medium dark patina and some light pitting. The medallion is an "and Sons" medallion, which is not uncommon for saws made at the transition to the Sons period. This saw is very as found with a dry old surface on the handle, whch intact although there is a small crack in the upper spur, but miraculously, nothing broke off when it happened. There are three teeth missing. The blade is not perfectly straight, but it close, and better than what some dealer's call "pin straight." An nice find for the saw collector. Good $169


SA150649 Unmarked A typical English boxwood handled pad saw that has been overcleaned by a misguided English dealer. The brass is bright and the boxwood is waxed. The wood is really OK, but the brass has no patina left. With time it will improve. It has no blade with it but we will include one of our new blades with it. A great user and at a modest price because of the overcleaning. G+ Sold

Hudson Tool Co, Number 10, Carpenter

SA150574 Hudson Tool Co, Number 10, Carpenter's High Grade A lovely as found 26" 7 PPI rip saw. The handle is applewood and has no damage, a nice original finish, and a rish patina. The blade needs only a light cleaning. Sighting down the blade there is a gentle curve to the left, which normally means that it was set unevenly. It needs to be sharpened anyway, and should be reset to get this resolved. This is a high quality saw, probably made by Disston, that should clean to better than G+ $89

Henry Disston & Sons

SA150583 Henry Disston & Sons A #7 panel saw, 28" with 6 PPI. This is a nice as found saw that will clean up beautifully. It is dull and the teeth are unevely filed now, so it is not a good saw for your first sharpening job. I would let an expert sharpen this one the first time. It should clean up to better than G+ $119


SA150549 Illegible An attractive English keyhole saw. It can not quite make out the mark, but I can see the trademark with the word Encore under it. This is a remarkable straight example of this type, only being slightly bent out near the end of the blade. Much better than most and still usable if you sharpen it. It has a nice handle as well. The blade is cleaned and some very light pitting over much of the surface. G+ Sold

Adelaide Saw Works, Sheffield Adelaide Saw Works, Sheffield

SA150514 Adelaide Saw Works, Sheffield This is a rare saw, an English answer to the Disston #42 combination saw, combining a rule back and a square. It is a 26", 5 1/2 PPI rip saw. The blade has a dark patina. The graduated back appears to be etched but I am not sure. The maker's mark is stamped. The blade is straight but there is small ding in the blade, about 1/4" down from the upper edge and 10" in from the end. It is no big deal. The blade is smooth and the handle has a lovely patina. The upper spur is chipped, but still retains most of its original length. A very interesting and collectable saw. G+ $199

W.S. Milligan, 228 Federal St. Boston, Mass

SA150417 W.S. Milligan, 228 Federal St. Boston, Mass A nice as found 26" panel saw, 7 PPI. Nice medium patina overall and a nice damage free handle. I would just need to have the blade lightly filed and waxed to be ready to use. The etching is very clear and also reads "Extra Spring Steel Patent Ground". I don't know who actually made it but this is a quality saw from the turn of the Century. The original owner was proud of it and has deeply branded his name into the handle, one "F. L. Pierce." G+ Sold

Richardson Bros, Newark

SA160385 Richardson Bros, Newark A keyhole saw with a smaller blade than what it would have come with, This will be a handy saw for making tight turns. Sharp enough to use as is. Free to the first person who orders it, and spends $100 on old tools. G+ Sold

Henry Disston, Philada

SA150351 Henry Disston, Philada This is an early H. Disston #7, with the mark stamped on the blade, not etched, and the eagle on the medallion. It is a 28", 5 PPI rip saw, and is so marked. The blade is straight and relatively clean, although there are some patches of light pitting on the right side. The surfaces shows evidence of having been lightly hit with a wire brush. I think that this can be removed when the saw is properly cleaned. The handle is quite nice for an early handle, with nice patina. The upper spur is chipped and smoothed out, but done during the original period of use. This is a very honest example of an early Disston that is good enough for a collector but also good enough to file and use. G+ $195


SA150328 Unmarked An 8 PPI, 26" panel saw. The handle is wheat carved and looks like it might be birch stained to look like apple. I am not sure. I can't see that it is marked with an etch , but the blade is dark and needs cleaning. The blade only needs a light filing and it will be ready to use. Probably made by Atkins, and certainly a quality American made saw from before 1930 or so. A great user saw for not a lot of money. G+ Sold

Moore Bros, Empire State Saw Works

SA150222 Moore Bros, Empire State Saw Works A 26" panel saw with 7PPI, filed aggressively, i.e. with quite a bit of foward rake. Unused and as sharp as new. Also extraordinarily clean. The blade is bright and the etching is like new. It is marked, among other things, "Our Superior, No 4XXX, Our Latest and Best." Made from Extra London Spring Steel." The handle is beech stained to look like applewood and with wheat carving. A relatively late saw, but still a wonderful quality saw that could not be duplicated today, and in amazing condition. Fine $149

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

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

Morrill Saw Set

SA16044 Morrill Saw Set A Morrill 1B patent saw set. The tool has a dark patina overall but is not unattractive. The adjustment thumbscrew at the end has been replaced with a more modern brass screw. This shouldn't affect use. Free to the first person who orders it and buys $100 of old tools. G+ 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++ Sold

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+ Sold

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++ Sold

Eclipse Number 77

SA160259 Eclipse Number 77 A pistol grip saw set. This is an older one. They were made until more recent times and the quality suffered. Free to the first person who orders it and spends $150 on saws. 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 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

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

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

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

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 Simmons Saw

SA150614 The Simmons Saw A run of the mill keyhole saw from the first half of the 20th Century. The blade has a bit of bending towards the end but is not too bad and is certainly usable, after you sharpen it. It is dull now. These saws are always bent near the end of the blade but you are not cutting that far out. A good working saw and free to the first person who orders it, and buys two other saws. 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++ 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

Coping Saw

SA160248 Coping Saw A nice clean unmarked coping saw, probably from the 1950s or 60s, and certainly American made. The blade is razor sharp and ready to use. Free to the first person who orders it, and spends $200 on vintage saws. G++ $0

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+ $295

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

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 $145
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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 $995

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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