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Cresson Saw with a Class…

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You never know what you’re going to find at the bottom of a bucket of rust, and that tantalizing few minutes after spotting a rust-heap is enough to keep me diving into yard sale piles and flea market bins for the rest of my life.

Case in point is a great old Cresson saw I found a couple weeks ago in a 5 gallon bucket lot of old rust…

She’s rusty for sure and the tote is in pretty bad shape, but those brass dome nuts and steel plate just look sexy as hell, as Josh Clark likes to say. You can clearly identify the “Cresson” stamp on this saw despite the rust.

Walter Cresson was an early Philadelphia saw maker in the 1840s and 50s who was bought out by Henry Disston some time before the Civil War. His saws are characteristic of the early American style that drew heavily on English tool forms, but what makes this saw truly unique is the steel plate over the tote and domed nuts. You can read more about Cresson at Wiktor's research section of the site.

This saw is a wonderful candidate for restoration as the plate is dead straight and still rings true as the day it was smithed… impressive for its age! Here are some more pics as found…

You can see the crack in the tote that goes clean through under the steel plate…

Here’s the stamp…it clearly reads “IXL…W. Cresson… Philada… Spring Steel…. Warranted…Extra”.

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