The medallions on Disston handsaws changed more over time than any other feature on the saw. By using the medallion, you can estimate the age of your saw. The Medallions and Timeline of Saw Manufacture The medallions on Disston saws give the most accurate indication of manufacturing dates for handsaws, panel saws, and backsaws. The first complete timeline of Disston handsaws was written by Pete Taran and published in the Winter issue of the Fine Tool Journal. His article assigned manufacturing dates to Disston saws, based on the medallions, creating what is called a type study. Since the publication of Taran’s ground-breaking research, the number of known medallions has increased significantly, and they have been featured on the Disstonian Institute website. Medallions did not appear in the catalogs, only illustrated representations of the saws. So there is no printed original-source reference to put the medallions in order.
Andover, Kansas, Ships to: Up for your consideration is a Disston saw handle with unique or funny medallion they call it. The handle appears to be from D7 approx with a medallion that has the date imprinted Dec 27, the 27, is in reversed format. The saw blade was toast and removed.
The date on my saw’s medallion has a patent date of Dec 27, which is the Glover patent for the saw screw (pat as pdf). As near as I can tell this saw also has what is known as the “Perfection Handle” with early flower embossing as opposed to what later became wheat embossing.
At its zenith, Henry Disston and Sons employed an average of 2, workers, covered sixty-four acres, and comprised sixty-four buildings. Until its sale to H. Porter in , it was a family-run firm. It had sales branches in nine cities, including Tokyo, and a plant in Canada. The largest saw manufacturer in the world, Disston and Sons also produced files, tools of all types, springs, and steel plate, as well as special steel jobs.
The company’s Keystone trademark on a product indicated high-quality to all who knew the reputation of the firm. The process of creating a handsaw blade involved eighty-two steps. It began with the making of steel in crucible pots which were poured into molds that produced ingots. The ingots originally were flattened by screw-type vices; later steam pressured hammers were used.
In the example, the date code 83B indicated a machine built in November, which would have been in Rockwell’s fiscal year. Dated coded serial numbers are covered in this original document. On April 12, , Pentair purchased the Rockwell machinery line. Sometime shortly thereafter the date-coding system changed to calendar year instead of Rockwell’s fiscal year.
twitchell pneumatic tire pressure gauge w/patent date, 3 3/4 inch long – 95q.
Hopkins, Minnesota, Ships to: This is a crosscut saw with a small chip at the toe. It has a nice Apple wood handle and a straight back with nib. The early WS medallion, with the patent date, is all brass along with the rest of the hardware. The name and logo on the etch are mostly visible.. I count 7 points per inch and it is stamped with a number 7 at the heel. There are few tiny spots of insignificant micro pitting, see pictures.
The plate is straight enough to use but not quite laser straight.
Spiralux saw grinding jig Something a bit different here. A model saw grinder from the Spiralux Co. The tool is used to sharpen circular saw blades.
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Antique Railroad Tools Value Guide Railroad tools encompass all sorts of hand tools and accessories used by workers to maintain the buildings, rails, cars, and locomotives that made the railroads run. I include in this category not just traditional tools like hammers or shovels, but also oil cans, pails, supplies for workers, etc. Some images of different tools are shown below, this is not an exhaustive showing and there are other types and objects that do exist.
Values on railroad tools depend on the item and vary significantly. The exception to this are tin cups sometimes known as graniteware because of the beautiful swirls of blue or green usually seen on them. Below are some images of railroad tools: Do you need help finding the value of your antique railroadiana item? We can help with single items or entire collections, and we provide a hassle free service and most of the time we can answer contacts the same day.
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Rau Antiques, is described as a “Woodworker’s Tool Compendium” and contains some implements of far more general provenance than Studley’s piano-making tools.
Winchester Tools fake and forged marks; mismatched pieces. At the end of World War I, the Winchester Repeating Arms Company was looking for new consumer .
It’s easy to spot an antique by the drawers, because joints weren’t machine-cut until about If it has only a few dovetail joints, with pins narrower than the dovetails, then the joint was made by hand. When you want to refinish old wooden furniture, the best place to look is the family storeroom: Check the attic, basement, garage, or wherever unwanted furniture has collected. You may also discover a real antique or two — pieces handed down through the family for generations.
Other good sources are secondhand stores, household auctions, and garage sales. With furniture, as with anything else, one person’s junk is another another’s treasure. Antique stores are a good place to find furniture to refinish, but expect to pay for these pieces. If you’re interested in antiques, recent or old, research before you buy anything.
Real antiques and many reproductions are extremely valuable, but there are also many imitations. If you aren’t sure an antique is really antique, pay for an expert opinion. Never buy an antique, or try to refinish it, until you know what you have. In this article, we’ll discuss how to assess whether a piece of furniture is an antique and whether it is worth saving through the refinishing process.
Look for chisels with wooden handles or with specialty, curved blades. Buying Antique Tools Ideally, you’ll be able to find hand tools in person. The quality of a tool, and its usability is difficult to determine remotely.
Identification of antique tools can be a fun and interesting endeavor. Overall, antique tools are quite common and plentiful in the collecting market. Most are easily distinguished as being heavy in weight, well made, and may contain manufacturer inscriptions.
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Please check back here frequently to view our current inventory as it will change whenever we receive new items. Since all the saws that we sell are antiques, demand often outstrips supply. While the majority of our saws were made by Henry Disston and Sons, we also maintain an inventory of other makers such as Simonds, Atkins, Richardson, Peace, Bishop and other lesser known makers.
Page 1 — click on any image for larger view. Antique saloon bar came out of Chicago. Back Bar measures 13 feet long. It is a little over 8 feet tall.
Hardware hand tools are used by craftsmen and builders to carrying out manual labor tasks such as chopping, chiseling, sawing, filing and forging. While the date of the earliest tools is uncertain, researchers have found equipment in northern Kenya that may be about million years old.
Atkins 53 By swirt on November 12, at 4: The barn was poorly lit and as I looked around for any sign of tools, I saw a few hand saws hanging on the wall. Nothing remarkable, no Disstons and certainly nothing in a configuration I needed. It had a nice handle that was well rounded. The lack of flats on the sides of the tote was a good indication that it was pre-war.
I had to take the saw outside for better light to see what the medallion said. Here is the 20″ Atkins No 53 as found I had heard of the Atkins name and knew that they were not as big a saw manufacturer as Disston, but knew they generally had a good reputation as a saw maker. About this time, my son started getting impatient with my history lesson and wanted to put the saw to work. The history will have to wait until he goes down for his nap.