How old is a Spear & Jackson back saw?

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    Profile photo of Francesco Gallarottigallarotti
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    I recently purchased a couple of brass back tenon saws on eBay and I am in the process of cleaning them, sharpening them and setting them. They have two different logos on one of the brass nuts on the handle. i was looking online for resource to understand how old they can be, based on the shape of the handle, on the shape of the logo on the brass nuts on the handle, etc. but couldn’t find any info. Does anyone know of such a resource?
    Thanks,
    //Francesco

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  • Profile photo of Matt McGraneMatt McGrane
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    I don’t know of anything specific, Gallarotti, but maybe you could search the Lumberjocks.com website. A member there named “Brit” has done many, many posts and blogs on saws. Maybe he’ll have something you’re looking for.

    Matt, Northern California - Started a blog in 2016: http://tinyshopww.blogspot.com/

    Profile photo of Francesco Gallarottigallarotti
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    @gallarotti

    @mattmcgrane – now that’s an awesome reference – while I haven’t found the answer I was looking for, that guy really knows his saws!

    Profile photo of Matt McGraneMatt McGrane
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    @mattmcgrane

    Yes. And he is the same guy who did the long youtube video on Sharpening Western Saws. He’s got so much knowledge and shares it willingly.

    Matt, Northern California - Started a blog in 2016: http://tinyshopww.blogspot.com/

    Profile photo of Scott VScott V
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    @rroselavy

    Francesco-

    Spear & Jackson is over 250 years old. I have not been able to find a type study on their backsaws, but here is some history:

    SJ History

    Please post a photo of the saw’s medalion and imprint on the back. Perhaps we can dig up a scanned catalog…

    -Scott Los Angeles, California, USA

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    Profile photo of Scott VScott V
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    @rroselavy

    More info from Ray Gardiner courtesy of “The Porch”:

    Spear and Jackson

    Does the back saw have split-nuts to secure the handle? That may assist in dating the saw.

    -Scott Los Angeles, California, USA

    Profile photo of Scott VScott V
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    @rroselavy

    More helpful:

    Comparative Dating by Style (also by Ray)

    -Scott Los Angeles, California, USA

    Profile photo of Maxwell WheelerMaxWheeler
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    @maxwheeler

    Spear and Jackson still make back saws today I own a few so they could be very old or not that old it’s any bodies guess.. as far as I understand it they don’t have distinguishing features to determine age

    Swindon, England

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