Found this saw at a sale the other day. Looks very intresting ?

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Hi I found this saw the other day at a sale never seen on like it. cant seem to find out to much about this saw. Can any one help? Thanks Countryboys

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#1 posted 04-14-2014 11:06 PM

Can’t tell you anything about the saw, but just wanted to say wow! That’s a piece of art right there.

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#2 posted 04-14-2014 11:08 PM

Google is your friend. Heardshaw and sons

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#3 posted 04-14-2014 11:11 PM

Wow! What you’ve got is a British saw made by Johnathan Beardshaw & Son. They began making saws in 1825 and production under that name continued into the early 20th century. The large brass (or bronze?) side plate indicates the saw was probably a presentation or competition saw of some sort, and as such is quite rare, and probably of considerable value. I’m a relatively new collector of British saws, and I’d say what you have is probably a once in a lifetime find. I have a Beardshaw saw that is considerably older, but not nearly as fancy, as that one. May I ask what you paid for it?

There is a website called where some true experts on British saws post and discuss their finds. I think they would be very happy to see your saw.

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- Rocky Mountain Saw Works

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#4 posted 04-14-2014 11:19 PM

There are a few other saws out there like yours, but not many.

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- Rocky Mountain Saw Works

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#5 posted 04-14-2014 11:19 PM

WOW Countryboys!!!! What a fantastic looking saw there. I’d consider Summerfi our resident British saw expert in residence, along with Brit . I’d love to see a close up/clearer picture of that tote as well as a few of the saw all together. I suspect that Summerfi is right on that you might have a rare one there!!

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#6 posted 04-14-2014 11:24 PM

Based on the teeth, I can’t help but wonder if it’s not a rip saw?

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#7 posted 04-15-2014 12:10 AM

I don’t think I would clean or alter the surfaces on that saw until I talked to the collector crowd. Might be too valuable to be a user.

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#8 posted 04-15-2014 01:06 AM

Thanks for the helpful hints..will check out the sites you all recommend …l was very excited when l seen was something l never seen before with that kind of detail.l will post more pictures.
Thanks for all the help

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#9 posted 04-15-2014 06:11 AM

As “Gene” said above, GOOGLE is your friend. That’s where ALL of this Info came from over the last 1.5 Hours.

Try It Sometime. You Might Like It.

Other than your picture that I was trying to pull out something I thought I recognized. That’s why I copied your picture, out and tried various things. I found what I was looking for in the GOOGLE Search.

”John Beardshaw was admitted to the “Freedom Of The Cutlery Company” on or about 1716.”

Those Doctored Picture are below if you want them. (They’ll Re-Size them so you probably won’t be able to read Dick All!)

I am NOT totally sure, but it would appear that Your Saw is known as “The Conqueror” which was the Corporate Mark of their Company. (Pic Below)

The Round Blue Insignia is on the top of a Metal Matchbox Case which they also made. (pic Below)

The 29 Children comment is there only as “Interesting”.

ALSO: Do NOT Attempt any type of a Clean-Up until you’ve Consulted an Expert. You might just Destroy The Value if you Remove The Patina!


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