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bartjns

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I have an old hand saw that I need help identifying and dating. It has strange fasteners for the handle. And all I can read engraved on the plate is. ROUGH@READY  WARRANTED CAST STEEL.  IMG_20180515_171152.jpg  1526419002749.jpg  IMG_20180515_180706.jpg  IMG_20180515_180106.jpg IMG_20180515_171135.jpg 

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 The only other saw I found that has handle fasteners like this, was a A.F. shotwell that I saw on ebay. Were these fasteners common on old saws.
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Rivets were used to attach handsaw handles in the 18th century, but your saw isn't nearly that old. More than likely they were put there as replacements for the original screws by a previous owner. I'm not familiar with the Rough & Ready name, but the saw has all the appearances of being a second line saw made by one of the name brand saw makers.
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When did companies stop stamping names on saws and go to etching?
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British references say that acid etching of saw plates began about 1850. The Disstonian Institute says that Henry Disston switched to etching about 1865.
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