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Forum topic by RossFar posted 10-31-2017 07:20 PM 675 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-31-2017 07:20 PM

Topic tags/keywords: henshaw woodrough backsaw question

I have a Henshaw & Woodrough backsaw and I am looking for information about it before I do something, like ruin it with restoration.

I Looked online and there is not a lot of information out there showing this maker’s saws.

I did learn that Henshaw was born in England and made saws in the Attleborough Boston area. 1840-1850 Partnered with Woodrough.

Does anyone know much about these saws and if they have any collector historical value. I would like to clean it up and restore but I do not want to destroy a 150-year-old saw if that is what this is.

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#1 posted 11-01-2017 04:49 PM

I don’t have any of the reference books to look it up, but if you post on the saws thread, more people will see it.

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#2 posted 11-01-2017 04:54 PM

Thank you, Tim, I will do that.

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#3 posted 04-15-2020 10:20 PM

Hey Ross,
Did you ever find anything out about this saw? I have a similar one and can’t find anything.

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#4 posted 04-16-2020 01:10 PM


this is what little I found.

It looks like Henshaw and Woodrough were Partners with an ad in the Boston directory in 1849.

following the ads shows William Clemson joined the company and it is Henshaw, Woodrough & Clemson in an 1852 ad.
By 1855 the ads show that Woodrough has left (off to Ohio and Woodrough & McParlin) and it is now Henshaw & Clemson.

By 1861 it is just Henshaw & Co.

so by that my best guess is this little saw was made sometime around 1848 to 1851 or over 160 years old. There is no rot in the wood but the pins and handle are loose on the saw plate and the back clamp is bent.

so early Saw makers in Boston would love to see photos of your saw.

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