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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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Harvey Peace, Vulcan Saw Works, Brooklyn, N.Y. 45

SA150378 Harvey Peace, Vulcan Saw Works, Brooklyn, N.Y. 45 A superb 20", 12PPI panel saw. This is a high-end saw and has been taper ground to be very thin at the upper end, a mark of an exensive saw. The blade is very clean, with just some light staining towards the cutting edge. It is still almost sharp, needing just a very light touch up. It is usable as is, but should be sharpened and waxed for top performance. The applewood handle has a delicately carved lower edge, and this edge has cracked, not from use or damage, but from shrinkage. The strength all comes from the top part of the handle. Gluinng it is unlikely to hold because it would require force to push it together. It coudl be glued if the crack was shimmed, but I would probably just leave it alone. It is stable and the saw is totally usable as it is. A great priced, but half price because of this one crack. Would rate Fine- but for the crack. G++ $149


Richardson Brothers, Newark, NJ

SA150384 Richardson Brothers, Newark, NJ A 7PPI, 26" rip saw that is sharp but needs a cleaning of the blade before you use it. The blade is dark and dry. The applewood handle is damage free with a nice patina. This will make a great user saw for a modest cost. The etching is hard to read because of the dark surface. G+ $65




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


Henry Disston & Sons

SA150359 Henry Disston & Sons A very clean D-7 in an unusual configuration, 12 PPI and 20". Still sharp enough to use, you just need to clean the blade off with wax and a rag. G++ $95





Wenzloff & Sons

SA150367 Wenzloff & Sons A matching pair of Wenzloff 26" Seaton chest saws, one rip and one panel saw. We were once the exclusive dealers for these saws and this pair came back to us from one of our customers. We were never able to keep enough of these saws in stock to fill demand. Here is your chance to get a pair with immediate delivery and in apparently new condition. Fine Sold



Perfection Miter Box Perfection Miter Box

SA150310 Perfection Miter Box This is a hybrid miter box, the moving parts all being cast iron or steel, but the base being wood. It has a saw with it, but the saw is later and is marked Millers Falls, having probably been made by Disston for Millers Falls. The saw needs a light cleaning and sharpening, and the box could do with a light clean to. It will make a great mitre box for somebody on a tight budget. I am not sure of the age, but I would guess 1920 or 30s. It has a label on the back, but it has some losses and is not entirely legible. It was made in Torrington, Ct. G+ $45


Kenyon, Cast Steel Kenyon, Cast Steel

SA150320 Kenyon, Cast Steel A true 18th Century English back saw. This is a 14" brass-backed saw with classic 18th Century features. It is as found and has a dark untouched patina. It is not straight and we are not selling it as a user. This is a rare collector's piece. It appears to have a wonderful original open tote, but I suspect that this tote might have started life as a closed tote. The hint is that the bottom of the tote is flat. There is evidence of the tote being modified, but I am guessing that the delicate piece that attached the bottom of the tote to the front probably broke and the expedient solution was just to carefully remove it. Since the patina all matches now, there is no evidence of this, but it is the form that makes me question it. You can form your own opinion. True 18th Century saws like this are truly rare survivors. Good Sold


Unmarked

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+ $69


Atkins

SA150272 Atkins A 26" panel saw, 8PPI, filed very aggressively. This saw is still sharp enough to use, but the blade needs a light cleaning. There does not appear to have ever been an etch on the blade. The handle is rosewood. There are quite a few tool box nicks in the finish on the handle. That is the only bad thing that I can say. A great user saw and cheap for a quality saw. G+ Sold



Henry Disston & Sons

SA150280 Henry Disston & Sons A 26", 8PPI panel saw. The handle is crisp and clean. The blade has a light patina but is still quite clean. It is not exactly dull, but needs a light filing. A good cheap user. G++ Sold





Unmarked

SA150290 Unmarked An English style saw wrest (set) with the original stop. The stops ae so often missing. Lovely color to the boxwood handle. Light surface rust has been cleaned off of the blade, leaving a nice light patina with some scattered light pitting. The brass has been polished. G+ $39




W. Tyzach Sons & Turner

SA15022 W. Tyzach Sons & Turner A good 12" brass-backed saw, with 16PPI and having a 3 1/8" depth of cut. The brass back was polished a long time ago and is now toning down. The handle has no damage but the usual light tool box scratches. Needs sharpening but a great user saw. G+ Sold




Henry Disston & Sons Henry Disston & Sons

SA15027 Henry Disston & Sons A 26" Disston D-7 Lightweight panel saw with 7PPI, which is quite coarse for a panel saw and thus not common. Nice as found condition, the blade is very clean and rates about G++ to perhaps even Fine-. It only needs a light filing. The finish on the handle is deteriorating and coming off in places. There is no damage to the handle, but the poor finish leads me to rate the handle only 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


Henry Disston & Sons

SA150226 Henry Disston & Sons This is a good straight saw that will make a great user, but the blade is dark and needs cleaning. The blade is not rusty, just dark and dirty, and it will clean up well. The handle has no damage, but the finish is deteriorated and the handle looks pretty bad as it is. The saw is an 8PPI, 26" panel saw. A cheap user for somebody who doesn't need the cleanest tools to be happy. Good Sold



Boxwood Pad Saw

SA150240 Boxwood Pad Saw A nice quality Victorian pad saw. There is some black staining on the boxwood handle, but otherwise it has a lovely patina. The brass has been polished, probably by hand, and has a nice tone to it. There is no blade with it but we sell the blades new. G+ Sold




Henry Disston & Sons

SA150135 Henry Disston & Sons A nice, clean, 26", 8PPI D-15 Victory panel saw The blade is bright and very clean with a clear etching. The finish on the rosewood handle has tool box marks and wear. Because of this, I rate the blade Fine- but the handle just G+ $159




Keen Kutter

SA150145 Keen Kutter A scarce 16" back saw in really lovely original condition. E. C. Simmons only put the Keen Kutter logo on the best quality tools that they sourced and this is a high quality American saw. The blade is bright and clean, with a lovely etching. It has a 3 3/4" depth of cut and 12PPI. All old back saws are sharpened in some kind of hybrid between what we call rip and cross-cut. This one is sharpened more like rip. It just needs a light filing. The upper spur of the handle is full length but has had a chip smoothed out of the left side. The lower spur has been rounded off so that it is now a bit shorter. Both were well done and don't stand out on what is an otherwise attractive applewood handle. The back retains a lot of original bluing. I rate the blade a solid Fine and because of the minor damage, the handle rates G+ Sold


Illegible

SA150150 Illegible This is an English vocational school dovetail plane from the mid-20th Century, 30s - 50s. It is 8" with 16PPI. It has been heavily cleaned by a British dealer who lost his mind when he saw a bit of brass. The blade has no kinks but there is an ever so slight curve near the handle, probably caused by the handle, which won't matter but could be tensioned out. A great little user dovetail saw for a very modest price. Good Sold


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 seen 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+ Sold


Unmarked

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 Sold


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+ Sold




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+ Sold



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+ 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 & 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+ 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+ Sold


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+ Sold





Unmarked

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+ 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


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


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


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



Buck

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



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+ 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




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 & 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+ 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




Unmarked

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


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+ $269


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


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


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++ $219


Jeweler

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+ $109




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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Antique Saw

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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