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#1 posted 10-25-2018 02:37 AM

The date etched, or more likely scratched, into the plate was not done by the maker but rather by an owner. It was not an uncommon practice. Kazooman is correct, however, that the etch doesn’t authenticate the date the saw was made. What does authenticate the approximate date is comparing the saw to other saws made by this and other makers of the period, including details of the stamp on the spine. The best resource for doing this is Simon Barley’s 700 page book British Saws and Saw Makers from 1660. Simon is the world’s foremost expert on British saws. His book shows pictures of dated Charles Gray saws that this one can be compared to.

Regarding restoration and value, a truly rare saw should not be restored because it potentially would reduce its value to collectors. As stated before, however, this is not a rare or really even a collectable saw. Restoring it would actually increase it’s value as a user. I and many others have proven this hundreds of times by buying, restoring, and reselling saws, including saws older than this one.

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

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