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Object Name Saw, Hand Ice
Date 1880-1930
Maker Manufactured
Material Steel/Wood
Used Inlet
Description Hand ice saw, or Field saw with wooden case, used to cut blocks of ice, following the groove made by the plow. 5-foot steel blade with a flat, curved, cast 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 39 large triangular teeth, which diminish in size from back to front; from 1.5" to .5". Adjacent teeth are beveled on opposing faces. No maker's marks found on blade. The handle is marked 261 and was originally painted red. Wooden blade case (b) is same length as blade.
Notes Items were found in two boathouses and shop on premesis in Inlet.
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 1956.079.0006a-b
Other number AM 0604
Imagefile 051\1956.079.0006.JPG
Species Saw, Hand Ice