|F.P. & Co. Boston Mass. brick trowel|
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Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Frye Phipps & Co. Boston Trowel
This Boston pattern brick trowel is identical to early 20th century Disston trowels in that it is through tang, double ferrule. The etch is faint, but reads:
F. P. & Co.
I came up with nothing on this company until I found an eBay listing for a Frye Phipps & Co. hand saw. Frye Phipps & Co., founded 1816, were a large Boston hardware jobber (wholesaler), and like many of those firms, sold tools made by others and labeled Frye Phipps & Co. So it is highly likely that Disston made this trowel for Frye Phipps.
1912 article, Landmarks of Hardware History (USA)