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Blog entry by summerfi posted 02-13-2014 01:52 AM 4309 reads 17 times favorited 51 comments Add to Favorites Watch

SAW MEDALLION REFERENCE GUIDE

Saw medallions, or label screws as they were originally called, are invaluable for identifying old saws. Additionally, many of them are small works of art in themselves. I don’t know of a comprehensive reference source for saw medallions that covers all makers, so I decided to start one here. My intent is to add to this list over time to make it as complete as possible. If you run across a medallion that is not listed here, post a picture of it in the comments, and I’ll add it to the list. Likewise, if you find errors in the list, post corrections and I’ll update the list.

Now for the obligatory disclaimer. These pictures were collected from various sources on the Internet. If you own the rights to any of these pictures and don’t want them posted here, let me know and I’ll remove them.
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AMERICAN MEDALLIONS

Atkins

Phoenix Warranted (Atkins), Sheffield Saw Works (Atkins), Columbian Warranted (Atkins)

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Bakewell & Co. (Wheeler, Madden, & Bakewell)

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Bassett, Jarvis & Morris


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G.H. Bishop

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E.M. Boynton

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Disston
The Distonian Institute has done a great job of documenting Disston medallions through the years. Rather than repeating that effort here, please see www.DistonianInstitute.com.
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Eagle Saw Co.

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Hardware Store Brands
Hibbard, Spencer, Bartlett & Co., Zenith (Marshall Wells Hardware), H.M. Meier,

Farwell Ozmun Kirk & Co., Shapleigh Hardware Diamond Edge, Oak Leaf

Lockwood, Leutkemeyer, Henry Co. (Cleveland, OH), Bingham’s Best Brand

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Keen Kutter

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McNiece
William McNiece, William McNiece & Son

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Peace


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Richardson


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W.B. Sears & Co.

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Simonds


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Warranted Superior/Extra (American)


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Woodrough & McParlin

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Miscellaneous American
Bluegrass, E.C. Jennings, Lemuel Wheeler

J. Flint, Winchester, Lame & McNiece

Standard A, Pennsylvania Saw Corp., Nicholson

Wheeler, Madden, & Clemson, John H. Binghurst, E. F. Decker,

Craftsman, Craftsman, Stanley

Rockwell, H.M. Finch’s, Johnson & Conway

Jackson, Better Homes Tool Co., Better Merchandise

Bay State, Slater & Gamble, Conrad & Roberts

Walter Cresson, William Toland, Welch & Griffiths

R. Bontz, Eccentric Toolworks, Winsor

Bad Axe Tool Works, Wenzloff & Sons, James Tolanad & Son

Black Navy Saw Co., John W. Price (Pine Knot)

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BRITISH MEDALLIONS

Beardshaw
J. Beardshaw & Son


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Biggin
S. Biggin & Son, S. Biggin & Sons

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Frederick Brittain


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Clegg & Barton

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Drabble & Sanderson


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Moses Eadon

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Fenton & Marsdens

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E. Garlick & Son

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Groves


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Ibbotson
Ibbotson Brothers (all three)

Ibbotson Peace & Co., Robert Ibbotson

Robert Ibbotson

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Peace
W.K. & C. Peace, Joseph Peace & Co., Joseph Peace & Co.

Joseph Peace & Co.

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Sorby
Robert Sorby, Robert Sorby, Robert Sorby

I.H. Sorby (Lockwood Brothers)

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Spear & Jackson


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Taylor
Taylor Brothers (all three)

Taylor Brothers Guinea Saw (both)

Taylor & Son (both)

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Tyzack
W. Tyzack, Son & Turner, J. Tyzack & Son

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Warranted Superior (British)

Third one possibly from J. Tyzack & Son?


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Miscellaneous British
Charles Gray & Sons, Eagle Works, Charles Calow

Moulson Brothers, A. Beckett & Sons, Samuel Hill (Sheffield c.1825)

Thomas Sheldon & Son, Warranted London Spring, W&S Butcher

Colver Brothers, Slack Sellars & Co., Elsworth

W. Greaves & Sons, Crookes Roberts & Co., Alma

S. B. & N. Pax, M&S (Marsh Brothers), Christopher Johnson & Co.

William Cook, S.S. Brittain & Co., Marshall & Cheetham

W.H. Armitage, G. Barnsley & Sons, Marshes & Shepherd

Mathieson & Son, Hargreaves & Co., City Saw (Slack Sellars)

C.T. Skelton & Co. (Goat’s Head), Colquhoun & Cadman

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CANADIAN MEDALLIONS
Atkins Canada (pre-1930), Shurly Dietrich Atkins (post-1930), Shurly Dietrich Atkins

Shurly & Dietrich, SD Warranted, T.F. Shurly Arrowhead

J. Flint Canada (1855-1970), R. H. Smith & Co., R.H. Smith & Co.

Warranted Extra (from Shurly Dietrich saw c.1880’s), Disston Canada (1905-1957), Eatonian (Eaton’s store, Toronto c.1940’s)

Merrick Anderson (hardware store), Warranted Superior (RH Smith?)

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CZECH MEDALLIONS
Pilana

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GERMAN MEDALLIONS
Baier, Baier, Baier

Baier, unknown, Harkort & Lohmann

R&H Boker, Henry Boker, Susono (United Tool Co.)

Warranted Superior, J. D. Dominicus & Soehne, Steigo

Aldre, Heckenrose

Ulmia, Ulmia, I.B. Hasenclever & Sons

Hund und Katze (Hound and Cat), Koch & Pohlmann, Koch & Pohlmann

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JAPANESE MEDALLIONS
Kinzo

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SPANISH MEDALLIONS
Bellota

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SWEDISH MEDALLIONS
Jarnbirger AB Orsa, Sandvik, Sandvik

Bushman, Bushman

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UNKNOWN MEDALLIONS

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-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- "Of all the tools I own, my favorite is a good sharp pocket knife." - My Dad



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Slyy

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#1 posted 02-13-2014 02:04 AM

Excellent visual reference Bob! Thanks for posting it for us.

-- Jake -- "Not only do we live among the stars, the stars live within us." - Neil Degrasse Tyson

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chrisstef

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#2 posted 02-13-2014 02:11 AM

Ohh hell yea. Ive got drool material here for months. Im pretty sure i need one of each. Thank you for the work that must have gone into this Bob.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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Tim

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#3 posted 02-13-2014 02:13 AM

This is great, thanks. I think you’ve got the only non Disston medallions I have already covered but I’ll check. Now in your free why not figure out how we can know how old every saw is by the medallion like the Disstonian website? :)

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Rick

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#4 posted 02-13-2014 02:38 AM

Excellent Blog Bob!! I’ve put them all into my “Tool Information” File on My Computer.

Thanks Very Much!

Rick

-- How long is a Minute? That depends on which side of the Bathroom Door You're On!

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#5 posted 02-13-2014 03:18 AM

thanks for sharing

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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shampeon

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#6 posted 02-13-2014 07:45 AM

I can snap a Keen Kutter medallion pic if you’d like, Bob.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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shampeon

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#7 posted 02-13-2014 07:48 AM

Here’s a Peace medallion with some more contrast.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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Don W

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#8 posted 02-13-2014 01:09 PM

excellent!!!

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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Don Broussard

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#9 posted 02-13-2014 03:00 PM

Nice compilation, Bob! I’ll have to keep a copy of this with me when I’m rustiquing. I’ve not looked too seriously at Warranted Superior medallions, thinking that they were Disston’s bottom line. I might have to rethink that.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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summerfi

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#10 posted 02-13-2014 04:03 PM

Ian – Thanks. I used your Peace photo. I already had KK photos but overlooked posting them. They’re up now.

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- "Of all the tools I own, my favorite is a good sharp pocket knife." - My Dad

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Slyy

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#11 posted 02-13-2014 10:47 PM

Anyone know if Atkins ever made brass hardware? Could just be luck of the draw, but I’ve only found ones of the silver metal variety.

-- Jake -- "Not only do we live among the stars, the stars live within us." - Neil Degrasse Tyson

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summerfi

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#12 posted 02-13-2014 11:44 PM

Jake, I’m pretty sure the old Atkins were brass. Exactly when they changed over I don’t know.

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- "Of all the tools I own, my favorite is a good sharp pocket knife." - My Dad

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kwigly

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#13 posted 02-14-2014 03:04 AM

Atkins Canada, Hamilton Ontario (pre 1930)
Shurly-Dietrich-Atkins , Galt Ontario (post 1930)

Note; Your “Vanadium Steel”“The Arrowhead Saw” medallion was made by T F Shurly Co, in St Catharines Ontario

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#14 posted 02-14-2014 01:04 PM

I’ll get you a Diamond Edge as well. Good set of pics, Bob!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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summerfi

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#15 posted 02-14-2014 04:11 PM

Thanks for the pics and info kwigly. I think I’ve got it straightened out now.
Thanks Smitty.

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- "Of all the tools I own, my favorite is a good sharp pocket knife." - My Dad

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