Is there any way of dating this style medallion, or knowing what saw it came off of, or where it was made?
” Now I must confess that I hadn’t really thought much about Warranted Superior medallions before now, but summerfi’s question prompted me to do a bit of research.
The most striking thing about medallions is the cast, stamped, or engraved images they display. As a retired wildlife biologist, the images of animals on saw medallions naturally draw my attention.
Many saw medallions could be considered small works of art. As one might expect, the animals displayed on medallions are often fierce, swift, or sharp-toothed.
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AMERICAN MEDALLIONS Atkins Phoenix Warranted (Atkins), Phenix Warranted, Sheffield Saw Works (Atkins), Columbian Warranted (Atkins).
SAW MEDALLION REFERENCE GUIDE Saw medallions, or label screws as they are sometimes called, are invaluable for identifying old saws. Rather than repeating that effort here, please see
My understanding is that some British sawmakers used the WS medallion on their saws, and some of these made their way to North America.When saws began being produced in the USA, some makers used the eagle WS medallion on their second line saws.I have a medallion like the one to the right of the eagle.By using these images, the saw maker conveys an unspoken message that his saw will be sharp and cut quickly.Sometimes, however, the animals shown on saw medallions are of the fat, slow, meek, or even slimy variety.