Peace Misc. Saws

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Peace Miscellaneous and Oddball Saws

Peace made a large variety of saws other than the standard handsaws and backsaws. Here are a few I've found.

Peace Patent no. 2 Interchangeable Nest Of Saws

This handle design was patented May 6th 1884. It covers a saw handle with a removable blade. The designs includes a fixed pin and a locking screw. To date I have found only one example with only one blade. This example is clearly stamped with the patent date.

No. 45 Compass Saw

A simple compass saw with an apple handle. The no. 45 was the top of the line.

No. 40 Table Saw

This is a rare saw to find from any maker, especially Peace. I have seen only one example.

Square Hole Saw

This is a peculiar saw intended to cut holes with square corners. This is the only example I have seen. The blade is bent at a 90 degree angle about half-way though the plate. It's clearly die-stamped with the Harvey Peace name. This saw does not appear in the 1884 or 1890 catalogs. It does appear in the Orr & Lockett Hardware Co. 1898 catalog. The listing for this saw can be seen below.

Patent Patternmakers Saw

This saw has a 12in, 14ppi plate which is not tapered in width. It is not listed in any catalog. This is the only example I have encountered. It is clearly etched with Peace's logo and London Spring Steel. The blade is custom-etched for the T.L. Merrill Co., Market Square, Portland, Maine. The most interesting feature Buell July 17, 1883 patent handle. It is apple, wheat-carved on both sides and specially carved to fit the right hand of the user. It is clearly stamped with the patent date. This is one of the three examples (see below) of an open style handle made as per Buell's patent.

Cornelius Tenney no. 25 Patent Handsaw

Tenney was one of the co-owners of the July 3, 1883 patent for the reinforcing plate used on Peace's Perfection line of handsaws. The example shown below is an 18in panel saw with | Tenney's Jan 1, 1884 patent for a small connecting brace which connects the handle to the plate. This is not intended to protect the plate, as the July 3, 1883 improvement is supposed to do. It is intended to improve the rigidity of the connection. This example is clearly marked with Tenney's name, the model no. 25, patent date, and Brooklyn, NY Spring Steel, Patent Ground. It has an apple handle with no carving. This example has Munger patent saw screws. Based on the Brooklyn, NY location, Tenney's known connection to Peace, and the general style of the saw, I have to assume this saw was made by Peace. It is the only example with this patented feature that I have seen.

Peace / E.M. Boynton Lightning Saw

Eben Moody Boynton made handsaws in New York in the 1870s. I don't have too much information on his company and his saws are somewhat rare to find today. Boynton appears to have left the sawmaking business to go on to patent a variety of inventions including a fascinating "Bicycle Railway System". Boynton held patents for the Lightning Handsaw, a saw with specially filed teeth that was guaranteed to out-cut any other maker's handsaws. [,E.M. His advertisements lauded his saw's features. ] The saw shown below was made by Peace, likely in the late 1870s based on the handle, saw screws, and etch. It is not shown in any of Peace's catalogs. It also lacks the patent lightning teeth which is no surprise- they are difficult to maintain without a specialized file. I assume that Boynton sold or licensed the patents to Peace when his interests drifted away from saws. There is a documented connection between Peace and Boynton- Patent #274,708 issued March 27, 1883 was granted to both Harvey Peace and Alfred Boynton. Alfred Boynton also held some of the patents for the Lightning saw produced by E.M. Boynton. Furthermore, Boynton's Aug. 15, 1876 patent for saw teeth was assigned to both E.M. Boynton and Peace and Hogan. There is more research to be done here.