Dad called from an antique shop somewhere in Tennessee last week, and ask if I was interested in a Richardson Bros Backsaw for 15 bucks. Does a bear crap in the woods? Of course I’m interested Dad, you know I have a saw problem. Richardson Bros. just happens to be at the top of my favorite saw makers list. Well Dad bought it and sent it on up north for me.
This is the first Richardson Bros. backsaw I have seen without the nose on the handle and the bolt through the spine. The spine is marked Richardson Bros, and does not have a hole through it (Dad removed the handle to send it). I checked the National Saw Company catalog reprint, and did a quick Google image search, without finding any other saws without the nose.
Here is a picture of the saw in question (bottom) with two of my other Richardson Bros. saws.
The spine stamp is the same on all three saws, but the two upper saws have what I believe to be the 1869 Munger Patent saw screws. The Lower saw has the 12/27/1887 Glover Patent screws. I also have a another larger Richardson Bros. backsaw (not pictured here) that has the 1867 Washburn patent screws.
I suspect that the saw without the nose and the Glover patent screws is from sometime after Richardson Bros was bought by the National saw Company in 1893, and that the two pictured above it were made prior to 1893. Can anyone confirm my theory?
Here is a shot of the handle of the later saw.
Here is a shot of the handle of the earlier saw. Both are 10″ saws.
If you are interested in such things as saw screw patents, Wiktor Kuc has a great article on his WKFineTools website.
Thanks for the saw Dad!