This is the only known site devoted to collecting trowels and other masonry, plastering, and molder's hand tools. Tools for working with concrete, stone, paving, tile, and terrazzo are included. It is intended as an international guide to identifying and preserving these tools and the histories of their makers.
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.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Unusual Disston Brick Trowel Patterns
These arrived last week via eBay. After cleaning them, I found they were all on page 203 of Disston's 1918 catalog, although these are probably earlier than 1918. From top to bottom:
Disston Boston pattern, 7 inch, good etch
Disston Lowell pattern, 7-1/2 inch, faint etch
Standard Brand by Disston Cucumber pattern, 7-1/2 inch, faint stamp "STANDARD"