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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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G.H. Bishop

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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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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)

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Keen Kutter

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Peace

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Richardson


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Simonds


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Warranted Superior/Extra (American)


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W.B. Sears & Co.

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

E.M.Boynton, J. Flint, Winchester

Standard A, Pennsylvania Saw Corp., Nicholson

Wheeler, Madden, & Clemson, Woodrough & McParlin, John H. Binghurst

Craftsman, Craftsman, Stanley

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

Eagle Saw Co., Jackson

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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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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

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Peace
W.K. & C. Peace, 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 & 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, Moses Eadon, S.S. Brittain & Co.

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

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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)

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CZECH MEDALLIONS
Pilana

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CHINESE MEDALLIONS
Steigo

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GERMAN MEDALLIONS
Aldre Remscheid, Baier, Baier

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

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JAPANESE MEDALLIONS
Kinzo

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Warranted Superior

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SWEEDISH MEDALLIONS
Jarnbirger AB Orsa, Sandvik

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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 67 days ago

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

-- Jake -- "Although the stars do not speak, even in being silent they cry out" - John Calvin

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chrisstef

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#2 posted 67 days ago

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 67 days ago

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 67 days ago

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

Thanks Very Much!

Rick

-- The Difference Between A BEER And Your OPINION Is, I Asked For The BEER!

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BentheViking

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#5 posted 67 days ago

thanks for sharing

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

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shampeon

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#6 posted 66 days ago

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 66 days ago

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 66 days ago

excellent!!!

-- There is nothing like the sound of a well tuned hand plane. - http://timetestedtools.wordpress.com (timetestedtools at hotmail dot c0m)

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Don Broussard

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#9 posted 66 days ago

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 66 days ago

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 66 days ago

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 -- "Although the stars do not speak, even in being silent they cry out" - John Calvin

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summerfi

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#12 posted 66 days ago

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 66 days ago

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 65 days ago

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 65 days ago

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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