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  Disston & Toland - Backsaw, Warranted Cast Steel  

The information about Disston & Toland partnership is very limited. 

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 Toland stamp.

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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