Saw, Bow; William Marples & Sons Ltd; 1900-1910; WY.2003.19.2


Saw, Bow

About this object

This bow saw belonged to James Holms Junior, his name having been stamped on the side. James used the saw on his family's Waimahaka Estate in the 1900s. He used the saw for fine work such as the framing of pictures.

Note the string and winder which are designed to tighten the blade.

James died during the influenza epidemic on November 24, 1918. At this time, he was a 39 year old bachelor, and associated with his brother in the breeding of high class studs of Hereford cattle and Romney sheep, for which the Waimahaka Estate remains famous today. A week following James' death, his mother Janet also succumbed to the disease.


William Marples & Sons Ltd

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Place Made

Europe, United Kingdom, England, South Yorkshire, Sheffield

Medium and Materials

inorganic, processed material, metal, iron
organic, processed material, vegetal, wood
organic, processed material, vegetal, fibre, agave fibre, sisal

Inscription and Marks

Stamped into both wooden arms of saw: 'JAS HOLMS JR'
Makers mark stamped onto right wooden arm: MARPLE & SONS
Handwritten in black marker on bottom of right arm: 'WY200319'


h 365 mm x w 680 mm x d 30 mm

Subject and Association Keywords

Machinery and Tools

Subject and Association Keywords

People and Families (including births, weddings, deaths)

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