The Disstonian Institute.
2. Disston No.7 Rip Saw, 1840's , Tool Collection of
Gordon Muster. Disston No. 7 Rip Saw purchased on EBay for $12 (very
bad picture enabled me to purchase cheap from estate sale). Handle in good
condition for age. Very well used blade with "Henry Disston" markers mark
in an arch. Horn has small chip. Missing a few teeth near Nib and one near
handle. Medallion features an eagle with a reversed head.
3. This is the only "reversed head" eagle medallion I have found watching EBay a few years. To my knowledge every other
none medallion found to date has had the eagle's head pointing the other direction.
Erik von Sneidern
(firstname.lastname@example.org), a very respected Disston saw tool
expert and the author of the "The Disstonian Institute" at
has dated this saw as given in an E-mail to me dated 1 Feb 10:13 (PST)
as given below. Based, in part, on research done by Pete Taran and
published in "The Fine Tool Journal"
Erik von Sneidern developed a web page that can be used to date a
Disston saw by the medallion (Medallions -- How Old Is My Saw?) . On
this site it appears all eagles are looking toward the olive branches
and away from the arrow points as this as the medallion shown here. For
the medallion shown here the arrows are pointing toward the beginning of
the name "Henry Disston" hereas in the medallions shown on Erik's site
all medallions have the arrows pointing toward the end of the name . In
the medallion show here the eagles head points toward the end of "Henry
Disston" or in the opposite direction. As such, I denote that the eagle
part of the medallion is "reversed".
That's quite a find. Can't say I've seen that one before. It
looks to be
1840's, judging by the motif and the serif on the lettering. May I
and credit you on the website?
Glad you enjoy the website.
Erik von Sneidern
The Disstonian Institute -- Online Reference for Disston
Handsaws (new stuff added regularly)