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Restoring an 1840s Conrad & Roberts Handsaw

01-18-2020 01:19 AM by summerfi | 9 comments »

Conrad & Roberts was a mid-nineteenth century hardware store at 123 N. Third St., Philadelphia. They can be found in Philadelphia directories at least as early as 1840.Based on the style of this Conrad & Roberts handsaw, and comparisons to other saws from the period, I believe it was made in the late-1840s or possibly the early 1850s. The following pictures show the saw as I received it.The plate was rusted with some shallow pitting. There is no maker’s name stamped on the plate, but underneath the handle the words “CAST STEEL” are stamped. I have not seen the cast steel stamp in this location on any other saw.The apple handle was cracked through the cheek on both sides. Both horn...

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