14478 This is an exceptionally fine Temple-type toggle iron made by John A. Sawyer, a New Bedford whalecraft making blacksmith. It is in like-new never-used condition with what appears to be the original finish and virtually no pitting of the metal, no ship marks, and no signs of wear. The makerís mark, J.A.S. is on the left forward side of the toggle head. The iron is 33 3/8 in. long.†
It is interesting to note that Sawyer was still making Temple head style irons as late as 1872 when he started in business without a partner. He remained a whalecraft maker in his own shop until 1896 when he died after an accident. He had begun working as a blacksmith in the mid 1830ís. We know that he also made toggle irons of the improved style.