Majority of early backsaws with triple-cove handle found today
are known as creations of Henry Disston. Most were manufactured in
late 1840's and early 1850s.
However, Disston was not the only one making saws with this type
of handle. Other early sawmakers, especially in Philadelphia,
made saws with triple-cove handle as well.
This particular saw is even
more valuable to collectors - it has a double-eagle stamp on the
These saws are rather rare and not many have
survived. They always dictate high prices. There are some
collectors that will pay any price for this kind of saws,
well... almost any. This particular saw
was sold on eBay.com in July 2016 for $551.15.
||Estimated Prod. Date
1840s - 1850s
The blade measures 14 inches long and has 12 PPI crosscut teeth. There is some
minor surface rust blemish and some small pitting.
The plate is 14 inch long.
The marking on the spine has eagles stamped on each side of the
Disston name. The full marking reads:
CAST STEEL PHILADA WARRANTED
It has a nice ornate triple-cove Applewood handle, with a
thin clipped tongue and two beads on top and the
(BTW, the term "bead" and "beads" was proposed by Simon Barley in
his book "British Saws & Saw Makers from c1660". I think we
should all use this term. It is simple, accurate and adequate to
say what's on the handle. Much preferred than "hounds tooth",
"hound's tooth" or any other form and spelling that is
used. And of course much better than once proposed "nib" by one
of the "big collector" of backsaws.)
The handle has a deep brown patina.
Brass screws with split nuts and DISSTON., PHILA., Eagle