|Object Name||Saw, Hand Ice|
|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.|
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|
|Other number||AM 0604|
|Species||Saw, Hand Ice|