Skelton Saw Review By: I.Ball
Category: Old Hand Saws
Manufacturer: C T Skelton And Co
Tool Type: Hand Saw
This C T Skelton And Co hand saw version is a small old English saw
fitted with an elegant decorative shaped Beech handle.
The handle is secured to the blade with the use of three brass split-nut buttons which sit perfectly flush with the handle surface. One of the buttons is faced with a medallion bearing the makers mark 'trade mark, goats head' and a picture of a goats head. This saw was also made with four split-nuts on larger versions.
The split-nut buttons are secured or adjusted by using a special split-nut screwdriver which is used on the rear side of the handle.
This particular saw was a small 18 inch hand saw with 8 tpi (teeth per inch).
This Skelton saw was made in a number of different lengths: 18", 20", 22", 24", 26" and 28". It was also made with different tpi (teeth per inch) along with different teeth type including 'Fleam' teeth and 'Lightning' teeth.
Number Of Buttons: 3
Type Of Buttons: Brass, Split Nut
Medallion Markings: 'trade mark, goats head' (circling around a picture of a goats head)
'C T Skelton & Co, Goats Head, Corporate Marks, Sheafbank Works, Sheffield' plus an image of a billy goat with long curled back horns'
For information on dating this saw and other British saws, see the 'British Saws and Saw Makers from c1660' book, written by Simon Barley. The book is the most comprehensive saw directory to date listing makers, makers marks and manufacturing dates. There is also a whole host of additional information on the history of saw making, how to date a saw, in depth details on each of the large makers and much more, making for the most interesting read and leaving you with a slight desire to buy an old British saw.
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