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 25, 2014
WHS (William Hunt and Sons) Trowels
WHS is the United Kingdom's best known trowel brand. The firm started in 1793 as William Hunt & Sons of Brades Steel Works, of Oldbury, near Birmingham. In 1962 Spear & Jackson acquired the parent firm, and in 1985 Neill Tools bought Spear & Jackson. Today, Neill Tools is the largest UK-owned hand tool manufacturer, and sells trowels forged in Sheffield as WHS Tyzack. Their other trowel brands are Tyzack and Spear & Jackson.