W.B.Sears & Co. backsaw
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I just picked this up Saturday. Darn good condition considering it's dates back to approximately 1850.








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  Re: W.B.Sears & Co. backsaw by SteveF (I just picked this u...)
Wow, very very cool!!!!




Looks like a cross between a Marsh (or Groves) and Spears and Jackson handle
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  Re: W.B.Sears & Co. backsaw by SteveF (I just picked this u...)
Wow, that's a sweet handle! Nice find.

Jonathan


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  Re: Re: W.B.Sears & Co. backsaw by Jonathan S (Wow, that's a sweet ...)
I contacted Mike Stemple about this saw. Here's his reply:

"Sears was a secondary line for W,M,&Bakewell and W,M,&Clemson. This one was made by Josiah Bakewell between 1853 and 1859. Bakewell always used the "hook" and "lambs tongue" features and Clemson never did."

Thanks Mike!
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  Re: W.B.Sears & Co. backsaw by SteveF (I just picked this u...)
Steve nice find there a sweet looking saw, I also like the shape of the handle.


Steve
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  Re: Re: W.B.Sears & Co. backsaw by SteveF (I contacted Mike Ste...)
That explains the "WM&B" in the center of the medallion.
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  Re: Re: W.B.Sears & Co. backsaw by JClark (That explains the "W...)
Very interesting saw. Thanks for sharing.
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  Re: Re: W.B.Sears & Co. backsaw by SteveF (I contacted Mike Ste...)
Hi,
Here are a few pics of a backsaw made after Bakewell left the company and during a tenure of Clemson.

This is a well preserved Backsaw No. 2, 10" long and 2-5/8" wide, spring steel blade with steel back. It is filed with 16ppi, ripcut.
Open Beech handle is attached to the blade with two saw screws with split nuts. One of the screws is a medallion.
In catalogs published in 1859, 1860, and 1871 this saw is listed as available in various sizes. The 1871 catalog lists also 6 inch saw, not listed in the 1859 or 1860 catalog.








With this in mind, I think the statement that Clemson "never used a hook" is a bit too strong. Clemson used a hook on many backsaws and it is most likely began disappearing in seventies.

You can see this full post here:


Backsaw No. 2 - Bakewell & Co., Wheeler, Madden & Clemson

Indeed, the saw you found was made during the Bakewell tenure. Very nice saw!

Best,
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  Re: W.B.Sears & Co. backsaw by SteveF (I just picked this u...)
Bump
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