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.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Why Collect Trowels?

The trowel is one of mankind's oldest tools. Its invention by people around the globe is a marker for a civilized society that worked metal and built with masonry. The first trowels were probably of wood, then bronze, iron, and finally steel. While other construction hand tools like the hammer and saw have been partly replaced by power tools, the trowel has not. The simple shape of centuries ago remains the best tool for the job today.

This continuity of design is one of the challenges of collecting trowels. Dating them is near impossible, and there are no written guides available. However, this should not interfere with the satisfaction of collecting a tool with such a long history.

Early Roman trowels

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