Please note

Because of the lack of published trowel and masonry tool histories, the information here is based on other sources that may be less reliable and certainly are incomplete. These include eBay and tools that I purchase myself that are the starting points for my research. I will write what I know as I learn it. If what you read here interests you, please check back often and look for revisions and corrections. Scanned catalogs are either mine or by Rose Antique Tools and used with permission, and are on Google Docs as pdf files. A few are links to other websites. Your photos and information are welcome. Please click on any picture to enlarge it. Comments are welcome, but any with links will be deleted as possible spam.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

History of W. Rose Tool Co.

Early W. Rose brick trowel, very worn
W. Rose, one of the oldest manufacturers in the United States, is located in Sharon Hill, PA, adjacent to Philadelphia. Here is the 1889 factory from the firm's 1929 catalog and a screen shot of  Google Street View in 2012.

1889 and 1912

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