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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.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

History of Charles Monk Foundry Molding Tools

Charles Monk, 190 16th St. and 83 18th St., Brooklyn, NY was a major US manufacturer of molder's and plasterer's tools. Molding tools are usually identified as "C MONK" or "CM MONK". I have just scanned a Charles Monk catalog, date unknown but estimated about 1900. This is the only historic molders' tool catalog available on the internet. 
Charles Monk products 1895

Charles Monk catalog page 1
C Monk foundry molding trowels 
CM Monk foundry molder's tool


  1. I have something that looks almost identical to the CM Monk foundry molders tool in your picture. Its 12" long and made of brass. My is marked J.MARRIOTT. It has a large spoon or mold on one end and a smaller one on the other end. It has 4 lines scored into the handle. I wish I could send you a picture of it. Do you know when these were made?

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