Review By: I.Ball
Category: Old Tenon Saws
Manufacturer: Richard Groves And Sons
Tool Type: Tenon Saw
The old brass back Richard Groves And Sons tenon saw. We are so far
unaware of model numbers for these saws so for the purpose of this
review we have given it the model number 2.
The handle on this saw has two split nuts with one having a brass medallion face. The medallion face has the markings 'Established 1770'.
The handle medallion also has a red paper ring around it which originally had some form of advertising on, possibly relating to the manufacturer or possibly relating to the retailer.
The black paper on the handle may also have had advertising on it,
once gain possibly of the manufacturer or possibly the original merchant
selling the saw.
This opens up the possibility and question, did other saws of the time (I believe about 1880's) do this? (This may well have been written about by an author(s), it is not something I am aware of currently).
The brass back spine is marked 'USE', 'Groves and Sons, Sheffield' and 'Silver Steel, Elastic Spring Temper, Warranted'.
The saw shown is 12 inches in length and has 12 teeth per inch (tpi). There were different lengthed and tpi versions of this saw produced.
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