In early 1870s Taylor Brothers announced several new
features for various types of saws, including "long" crosscut
saws, circular saws and hand saws. One of these designs was a
Patented Combination Saw.
The idea of a Combination Saw was not new. It was originally
designed and patented in United States by Jackson Gorham in
1856 (patent No. 14,863) and improved by
Hiram Smith in 1858 (patent no.
20,313). Both patents were assigned to Henry Disston and
saws based on these patents were produced for many years.
Both patents receive patent registration and protection in
Tony Waldis, our friend in UK sent
us this image of the
Jackson Gorham patent registered in United Kingdom
on September 30, 1857.
However, none of the sawmakers in UK designed,
patented or produced similar saw capabilities until
The company produced two types of Combination Saws.
One variation was a saw named “'Célérité' Patented
Combination Rule Saws".
combined a perforated tooth line and engraved rule at the top edge of the saw.
The firm announced them as "the swiftest and easiest cutting saws ever sent into the
market." (The Implement and
Machinery Review, October 3, 1881).
The perforated saw blade wasn't a new
idea either. James E. Emerson introduced two patents addressing
saw design with perforated blades in 1867. The first patent, no.
66,692, was awarded on July 7, 1867; and the second patent, no.
71,473, on November 26, 1867. At the time Emerson was a
partner and superintendent at the American Saw Company, Trenton, NJ.
produced a number of circular, "long" crosscut and hand
saws based on features described in these patents. Although
American consumers didn't embrace these features in handsaws and
production shortly ceased, circular and "long" crosscut saws
with these features took root and were produced for many years.
Taylor Brothers' second, somewhat cheaper
version of the combination saw was one named "Patent Combination Hand Saw".
It didn't have perforations at the tooth line and
was designed to serve as a hand saw, a 2-foot rule, and a plated
square, which could be used as a
Below is an example of Taylors'
Combination Hand Saw.
||Estimated Prod. Date
1870s - 1880s
The saw combines a saw with a square and a rule.