Henry Disston & Sons No. 43 "Combination
At the May, 2003 Brimfield Antiques Fair, held in Brimfield,
Mass. I had the extraordinary good fortune to stumble upon this very rare Henry
Disston & Sons No. 43 Combination Saw. One of the most sought-after saws
by collectors, this features a straight back that is graduated in inches on both
sides of the blade. The top of the blade is set at right angles to the
brass front of the handle, making it useful as a square. There is even a
scribe contained in the top of the handle to mark stock being sawed; and
finally, both plumb and level vials in the handle. This saw was made from
about 1858 to 1918. But despite its long history of manufacture, very few
are known, and very few of these are in the wonderful condition of this saw.
This one has all the earmarks of a saw made about 1885. Here are some
pictures of it.