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11-28-2013 04:04 AM

My sister in law found this at a flea market. She thought it was cool and is going to hang it. I’ve never seen one before. It looks to me like the top rail mounts to something and the saw blade swings back and forth. My guess is a ice saw?

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#1 posted 11-28-2013 04:05 AM

Oops I think the picture is up side down.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#2 posted 11-28-2013 04:26 AM

The more I look at this ( sideways) maybe the tooth section hangs from the loop end and the thin bar adjusts to different heights from the teeth? I’m stumped.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#3 posted 11-28-2013 04:34 AM

Here ya go.

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#4 posted 11-28-2013 09:05 AM

Maybe a pot hanger for over a cooking fire??

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#5 posted 11-28-2013 09:18 AM

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#6 posted 11-28-2013 12:51 PM

Thanks Loren and Shipwright! You don’t know how perfect her find is. My brother just built a colonial style home with a cooking fireplace. She will be psyched to know what it is. Thanks again.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#7 posted 11-29-2013 01:49 AM

What a beauty – you have there a 950+ year-old classic hand tool.

That is an 11th century Viking miter box handsaw – for smaller diameter timber cuts. The thin bar with the hook is the saw blade’s quick-release mechanism that allowed quicker repeatable cuts – essential in boat-building.

As illustrated below, the distant right carpenter is transporting the handsaw to the lead woodsmith (foreground, left) who is constructing a custom miter box.

-- Perfection is the difference between too much and not enough.

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