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#1 posted 10-23-2018 01:35 AM

Your saw was made by the British company Charles Gray & Sons. Simon Barley’s book on British saws says the company was in operation from 1849 to 1954. William Gray (presumably one of the sons) took the company over in 1879, and Alfred Beckett owned the company from 1912 on, continuing to use the same name, although he also produced saws under his own name. Your saw is in very nice condition, but not particularly rare or collectable. I would clean it up and use it, or sell it to someone who will do the same. I have a 14” brass back saw by this company which I have restored and use. The only (minor) issue I see with the saw is that the plate has slipped a bit in the spine, as most old backsaws have. This is easy for a saw restorer to correct. The slots in the split-nuts are a little buggered, showing that they have been tightened in the past, but I doubt the handle has ever been off the saw. The 1862 etch someone (prior owner?) added is a nice touch that adds a bit of character. As is, I would value the saw at around $75 based on comparable ebay prices. Restored and sharpened I would value it at $125 – $150.

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- Rocky Mountain Saw Works -- ~Non multa sed multum~

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