Metal hand saw with handcrafted wooden handle. The saw is incredibly rusted and is now a orange color. Its teeth have been broken and are deteriorated in many places. The blade has still mostly retained its shape though. The wooden handle is curved, much like the handle of an old pistol. There is a small notch in the handle for the index finger, to make cutting easier. The blade is inserted into the wood handle and is held in place by metal nails. There is a hole in the center of the handle which would have been used for hanging the saw.
Dr. Theodore Z. Polley was born on February 22, 1915 to parents John Policandriotes and Marlo Contos. He was raised in Joliet, Illinois and attended school there until 1937, when he attended University of Illinois. By 1941 he had become a medical doctor. He has gained associate professorships at numerous Universities, sat on the board of many hospitals and medical organizations, and operated a private practice in Joliet. He married Catherine Cordogan in 1942 and has had three children. These items probably were not used by him, though. Judging by the age of the items, they were most likely used by his parents and had been passed down to him.
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Saw, Hand, Dr. Theodore Polley Collection, National Hellenic Museum, https://collections.nationalhellenicmuseum.org/Detail/objects/10108. Accessed 10/27/21.