This is what it looked like shortly after I bought it at a car boot fair- after a little rubbing and cleaning to see what I was dealing with?
Luckily there was not a lot of rust and almost no pitting to the saw plate.
The only major issue for me was the ugly tote! The tote is obviously a much later example- I’m guessing probably 1970’s era. This was when cost cutting measures and design aesthetics would result in a [shall we say] a much simpler yet still usable handle.
However I found this tote to be boring, bulky and uncomfortable. So I decided to re-model it from what I had.
What I have come up with has a ‘nod and a wink’ to the more traditional look incorporating shapely Horns, Nib, Hook and Lamb’s Tongue.
I’ve acquired a few Spear & Jackson saws recently, very cheaply. They all have the same [ugly] Tote.
However all is not lost; Here is the 14” S&J finished: -
-- Gossamer shavings just floating around the back yard….-Bandit