Dating antique hand saws

Before drills and braces, T-shaped augers were used to poke holes into wood, while smaller gimlets were used to start them.

Auger handles were usually made of a piece of hardwood that was sanded, rounded, or even contoured to give the user a firm grip.

The Cherry wood handle is pretty nice The double sided 16" long saw blade is straight.

This 16" #14 Disston Duplex saw is marked on the support bar with a patent date from 1914. I have read that these were only offered for about 20 years or so up to 1935 or so.

(Hairline in front knob is ok.) Proper cutter; other parts original. Repainted planes have functional value but are not collectible. Repainted drills have functional value but are not collectible.

Tips for beginners Because of their shorter production history, condition is a bigger factor in determining the value of Millers Falls planes than is the case with Stanley or Sargent products. Minor cracks, checking and pitting may be seen on hard-to-find earlier models. If a drill was manufactured with one, and it is missing or is an improper replacement, it is not collectable.

Use your fingers on drawer bottoms or backboards of case furniture.

This is a big topic to tackle and it will not be possible to cover many details in this short column. Oak joint stools, on the other hand, have been around for five hundred years.

Game or card tables did not exist in great numbers until the end of the 17th Century.

To determine age, consider the form and function, tool marks, construction techniques, and materials used in the furniture. Pit saws, used from roughly the 1600s to 1750, left irregular, slanted, deep rough marks.

I've included a brief list of references, if you want to begin studying on your own. One thing to determine is the utility of the furniture you're trying to date. If you can locate tool marks on a piece of exposed wood, you might have some clues to follow.