The smithy made sickles, scythes, various iron parts for log sledges and other utility articles and tools of that era.
Janne Marttiini's reputation reached to Swedish and Norwegian Lapland.
Sometimes it is difficult to peg the date of a given Civil War medicine saw, but if it is in the context of a surgical set, with a maker label, and other instruments, (especially the blade and handles of the knives), it helps with the decision. Saw handle is typical of military and civilian issue during and after the Civil War.
When purchasing a human medical saw outside of a surgical set, it can be difficult to exactly peg the date, even with the maker name. 1855-60, without the vertical slots, the lower ivory handled 'D' saw is earlier, c. This form of pistol handle and blade was common by various makers into the 1880's.
Some collectors collect only in childhood while others continue to do so throughout their lives and usually modify their collecting goals later in life.
Some novice knife collectors start by purchasing knives that appeal to them, and then slowly work at acquiring knowledge about how to build a collection.
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If you live in North America this is also a great time to buy a vintage military kukri.
Some collectors are generalists, accumulating an assortment of different knives.Arbittier: Please note: information on this site may not be normally referenced as this is an active and long-term educational research project.Personal notes may not be properly cited for publication.The other little piece of information is to know WHEN the maker was in business and that information is sometimes in Edmonson's book, or from Dr. Transitional knives, some slightly curved, most are straighter than earlier blades.c.1850's Parker 'D' style handles. The bone forceps are the earlier Satterlee design from the 1860's.c. The syle of the frame is similar to a Goulding brass frame saw, but Shepard and Smith NEVER produced surgical instruments during the Civil War. Sharp and Smith were NEVER instrument makers during the Civil War.Since sterilization began in the 1870's, one has to wonder why this obviously non-sterilization set was was produced into the 1880's.c. An earlier looking shape to the saw, but again the maker label and the other instruments indicate a later date.