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
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”.