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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Lawson and Heaton Trowels

Lawson and Heaton were tool makers in Birmingham, UK. Their trowels were marked with a distinctive triangular stamp. The Grace's Guide link gives information about them from 1937.
Graces Guide, Lawson and Heaton

Lawson & Heaton trowel stamp

Lawson & Heaton 9" brick trowel, 4-1/2" pointing trowel

Lawson & Heaton pointing trowel 

Lawson & Heaton brick trowel

Lawson & Heaton brick hammer


  1. My grandfather who was born in 1905 had many tools which he gave to me after I married in 1982, he died two years later. Among these tools is a brick laying trowel which I have used many a time over the years. I recently cleaned it up removing all cement residue and discovered it to be a Lawson & Heaton. It also has a manufacturing stamp dated 1943. I recall my grandfather telling me as a child that he purchased a lot of tools from Government surplus shops after the war. I have no doubt this came from Tommy Best in Bath.
    I can send a picture if you wish. As I said I use it to this day.
    Tim in Bristol

  2. Sure, a picture would be appreciated,