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Object Name Saw, Hand Ice
Date 1880-1930
Maker Manufactured
Material Steel/Wood
Used Little Tupper Lake, Raquette Lake
Description Hand ice saw, or Field saw with wooden case, used to cut blocks of ice, following the groove made by the plow. 4.5-foot steel blade with a curved, wrought iron handle that ends in a reversible wooden handle. The wooden handle, which is mounted vertically, can also be mounted horizontally according to user's preference. The blade has 28 large triangular teeth, which diminish in size from back to front; the largest is 1.75". Adjacent teeth are beveled on opposing faces. No maker's marks found. Wooden case (b) with leather strap and metal buckle, possibly originally for a wider blade like that of an ice marker or ice plow. Used on Reaquette Lake and/or Little Tupper Lake.
Notes The hand ice saw was used to cut sheets or blocks of ice, following the plow groove. Blocks could also be cut entirely by saw, after a hole was chopped in the ice, but this was not the preferred method. Saws were available from a variety of manufacturers, came in 4', 4.5', 5' and 5.5' lengths, and were sold with and without cases.
Reference: 1925 Gifford-Wood Co. Catalog No. 1026N, p. 31.
Dimensions H-18 W-2 L-71.5 inches
Collection CIIH010 Ice Harvesting
Catalog Number 1957.128.0034a-b
Other number AM 0863
Imagefile 051\1957.128.0034.JPG
Species Saw, Hand Ice
Owned by Whitney Industries