Ray et al I am presenting this saw for a couple of reasons. First it is an uncommon artifact and it needs recognition and help before it completely disintegrates with time. Simon in BSSM suggests that Shaw, Hoole and Co were originally Boothby, Hoole and Shaw, a merchant and manufacturing partnership from 1809 -1817. Simon doesn't quite know if this was an early incantation or later variation after Boothby. The mains include Joseph Shaw and William Hoole. Simon also suggests a similar mark to this one at about 1830. The specifics of the saw include a 14" blade tapering from 1 1/2 to 2' with a brass back. Shaw Hoole & Co Cast ! Steel is stamped into the back. Two split brass nuts fasten a beech handle to the saw. What I find interesting is the wonderful proportions and fineness of the handle. It only measures 3/4 " thick which is fine for a closed handle. I think I only have one other saw that thin. Most are 7/8" thick and a thin handle is very noticeable when in the hand. Secondly, we had a question some time ago about how far is too far in the restoration of a saw and what criteria do you follow when you feel it is necessary to clean a saw up. This is exactly how I got the saw and have done nothing to it. The seller I think scraped a little at the stamp to find the maker. I want to show you where we are starting out and suggest what I am going to do. To me it is significant enough to preserve yet not make it look new, not that that was ever going to happen. There is loss to the nose of the blade. The is a lot of surface rust as if it was sitting in a very wet environment but it doesn't look as though there is much pitting. We won't know until I start scraping the rust down to a cleaner blade. This is an imperative for the preservation on this saw. This saw won't be sharpened as I have no need for another working saw and to joint and file would reduce some blade depth. There seems to be paint on the brass back and is hiding an owners initials. The back will not be polished. The handle will be cleaned with a little soap and water to rid it of ingrained dirt and then only waxed to slow the drying process. .As you can see one of the fastener split nuts is missing but that will be left. At this point there is no wobble or looseness so there won't be a need to add the missing parts. Soooooo ...... this is the plan. We are in no hurry and I will present the saw a little differently when these things are complete. If you have any suggestions or input I would love to hear from the group even before I start out in case you think I am going too far or not enough. enjoy Joe S.