ago I noticed this saw on an auction website. It was unusual
and a departure from the traditional shape of saw handles made
Unfortunately, I didn't win this bid and the saw shown here
is not in my possession. Hence, the images are from an old
For a long time I thought that this handle is unique to
Taylor Brothers. This assumption was reinforced with a few
www.backsaw.net showing a handle just like the one shown
The seller described this saw as: "coolest forward hook
(actually, it is a forward part of a boss) shape around.
Early and excellent split saw nuts. Blade measures 16" long
and nearly 5" wide. Very cool logo with lamb and staff
appears on blade and also on medallion." The saw was sold in
US by US seller.
This saw provides an opportunity to comment on several general
issues related to English saws. I will do that at the end of
the article. First, let's look at this saw.
||Estimated Prod. Date
1850s - 1870s
Average-looking saw blade of the backsaw.
The heel and handle's boss.
The toe is square to both edges of the spine.
The spine has rounded top and beveled
The spine could be iron or steel.
Cast Steel Adelaide Works Warranted
"MADE FOR USE"
This stamp appears on many saws made by Taylor Brothers. I
have seen many wild speculations on the meaning of this
phrase, but I believe it means what it says. I am inclined to
say that it appears on earlier Taylors saws - maybe up to 1870s, but
there is no reliable research data to conclusively support