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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.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Smith's Marks on Masonry Tools

The stamp or etching on a forged tool that identifies the manufacturer and possibly the model number originated with blacksmith's identification of their work. Here is more information on smith's marks, also called forge marks, from a Belgian site: Museum for Old Techniques

"All kinds of identifying marks: symbols, letters or numbers, can often be found on tools. These marks may refer to the manufacturers..., or to the place where the piece was made.... They emphasize the quality ... or a property...; warn that there is a patent pending or in existence; record the name of the object; even give an indication of how to use it.... In addition there may also be marks of ownership or embellishment."

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