The information about Disston & Toland partnership is very
William Toland appeared in the Philadelphia directories for the
first time in 1843. He appears to be working as a sawmaker at
the 6 Lagrange Street.
In 1843 he appears to have a shop at 31 Farmer Street and living
at Hyde’s Court. The 1846 was his last appearance in the
Philadelphia directories, still working at 31 Farmer Street.
There is no record in the directories or otherwise of a formal
partnership between Disston and Toland. Sometime after 1846
Toland moved to Maryland and started saw making business there.
I know of one other saw and a saw knife, marked with Disston and
The handsaw, marked “WARRANTED, DISSTON & TOLAND, SPRING STEEL”
is in the possession of Atwater Kent Museum.
Saw knife, marked “CAST STEEL, DISSTON & TOLAND, WARRANTED,
PHILADA” is in the collection of Carl Bopp.
This backsaw is from the collection of Philip Baker.
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