Philip Lean of Canberra   is interested in finding out about a very old saw he bought in a  secondhand/recycling store in Canberra, Australia. 
 The George Hall Saw 1024x283
The saw has the name “The George Hall Saw” “Sheffield”. This name is listed as a Type 3 name in the TATHS article 'When was a sawmaker not a sawmaker?'
The George Hall Saw Sheffield 1024x299
( ), meaning it might be just a name used for sales, Philip is not trying to trace it’s actual origin.
The blade is very rusted and the rivets holding the handle are loose and worn and the handle is soft and worn, but it will be a interesting project to restore the saw to working condition. 
The blade after cleaning is between 0.8mm and 0.7 mm thick and has a varying tooth pattern
The George Hall Saw tooth variation 1024x97
Philip  would like to know roughly when it was made and if possible information on the type of steel was used to make the cutting blade. 
Any information would be appreciated.
Philip Lean


#1 John Wesley 2017-11-16 21:39
Simon Barley found it impossible to date the store but he thinks that a date of between 1890 and 1910 would seem about right.
#2 Philip Lean 2017-11-22 09:45
Thank your for the information.

The saw blade has cleaned up nicely and handle looks much better after cleaning and the application of some boiled linseed oil and beeswax coatings.

The holes in the blade for the handle bolts are worn and sloppy. I have not decided whether to tig weld them with stainless steel or bronze filler and fill the holes before reboring them or simply bore new holes and move the handle. I prefer the first approach if it will work. The handle bolts were a type of rivet and were loose and had to be drilled out.

When I have more experience at cutting and sharpening teeth I plan to file off the teeth and cut new teeth so the saw can truly be a working saw again.

I want to be able to pass this saw onto my children together with a little of its history.

Thank you again.

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