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Object Name Jigsaw
Date 1877-1890
Maker Riverside Machine Co. Providence RI, and G.W. Brown, Providence RI
Material Iron/Wood/Steel
Description Jig Saw or scroll saw machine, pedal driven, with metal frame and wooden work surface. Modified with an upper wooden table designed to tilt, but currently locked at an angle by a modern screw. The saw blade is moved as a belt is wound and unwound. Pushing the pedal down unwinds the belt, which is re-wound by two large springs. There are many unsophisticated repairs on this machine, likely done during use.
Used by cabinet makers, model makers, jewelers, and similar craftsmen. Suitable for close, accurate work on wood, bone, and soft metal. Some models were capable of reaching 800 strokes per minute, and could cut through wood three inches thick. popular in late 1800's.
Marks: "Riverside Machine Co. Providence R.I"., and "pat'd Dec. 18, 1877" on the saw, and "G.W.Brown, Providence R.I." cast on a brace near the legs.
Dimensions H-41.5 W-19.5 D-30 inches
Collection T:CC080
Catalog Number 1957.123.0001
Imagefile 051\1957.123.0001.JPG
Species Jigsaw