Tyzack saw dating

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    Colin Scowen
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    I recently bought a 12″ Tyzack No 14B back saw. I was curious to know how old it might be. It looks very well cared for, but also very well used, The brass back is branded Tyzack and Sons and Turner, but it does not have the elephant or nonpareil stamps.
    I don’t suppose anyone happens to know when they stopped using these brands?
    (I find it highly unlikely that this saw was made before they started using them, as that was in 1876 according to Graces Guide.)

    Colin, Czech Rep.

    #645336
    MumblesMalc
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    Hi Colin,

    I have a Tyzack catalogue from 1949/50 and it shows the 14 and 14B as having the Elephant and nonpareil stamps on the back. So it would suggest its newer than 1949/50. I found an S. Tyzack catalogue from 1957 and the only back saws in it are by Spear & Jackson. By 1972, W Tyzack was part of Record Ridgeway, and the No 14B is no longer in the catalogue, in fact the there are only 3 Tyzack back saws in the catalogue, the only one with a wooden handle is a No. 120, the other two have plastic handles. My guess is that the saw is from sometime between 1950 and 1972.

    I have a number of Tyzack back saws myself, one was made for John Hall of Cardiff, Swansea and Newport by Tyzack and that also has the Elephant and nonpareil stamps on the back but my only John Hall catalogue doesn’t have a date on it.

    Cheers,

    Malc.

    #645401
    Colin Scowen
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    That would be close enough for me I think. I’ll err on the side of convenience and say it was made in ’69, so it’s the same age as I am. (That way, I’ll never forget how old it is 🙂 )
    That also makes my Disston hand saw the oldest one I have still (Medallion has Disston Canada, that plant was open from around WW1 to the 50’s).

    Colin, Czech Rep.

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