The Coolgardie museum has a pair of saws that probably intend to illustrate the make do spirit of the pioneers.The improvised metal handles, one simply a bolted on horseshoe, might have been a very practical answer to the original wood handles not being durable enough to survive the harsh conditions or maybe it was just the quickest way to get the saw workable again.
I imagine they would be very uncomfortable to hold, specially the ragged horseshoe, and no concern as been given to style, only function. Though, I wonder if the owner of the horseshoe saw kept the warranted superior medallion purely for bragging rights.
Reading list 2014Buddhism for Mothers - Sarah Napthali
Religion for Atheists - Alain De Botton