“Second” Line Saws of Harvey W. Peace

J.D. Darlington Saws featured in 1884 Catalog
J.D. Darlington Saws featured in 1884 Catalog

Peace produced a “second” line of lower price saws under the name “J.D. Darlington”. These saws, though still high-quality tools, were less refined and used lower quality components such as cast steel vs. spring steel blades, and beech vs apple handles. These saws also featured split saw screws as opposed to “improved” saw screws which appeared on the Harvey Peace branded models. All of the Darlington-branded saws have the model number “30”. The 1870 edition of “Boyd’s business directory of over one hundred cities and villages in New York state” contains an entry for a John D. Darlington ,working for a William¬†Gunning & CO. (listed as “carvers”) at 204 Centre Street. The Peace factory was located on Centre street from 1862-1867 so the two were almos t neighbors. The 1870 US Census records show that John D Darlington was born in 1817 in England. He immigrated to America and was listed as a “woodcarver”. Interestingly, Harvey Peace’s son John had the middle name “Darlington”.

 

 

Here is a scarce Darlington 8in Open-Handle no. 30 Backsaw

Peace also made hand and panel saws with the J.D. Darlington mark. These hand saws are much rarer than the Darlington line of backsaws. Here are some examples.