Wheeler Madden & Clemson No 2 Back Saw 13 ppi Crosscut -- Circa 1869-1876
Here is an outstanding example of a fairly early back saw from Wheeler Madden & Clemson. Made between 1869 and 1876, this No 2 model has a 14 inch long blade. The blade and spine are straight and clean, with the patina expected of a saw that is 150 years old. The etch is still present and visible. The apple wood handle has no cracks, though the horns have suffered some minor damage.
The screws are marked with the Dec. 21, 1869 date for the patent issued to David T. Munger, though they have an unusual undulating feature under the head that was designed to bite into the wood, preventing it from turning. It is believed that this screw design was only used on WMC saws.
The 13 ppi teeth have been freshly set and sharpened with a crosscut tooth profile that is ideal for use on hardwood.