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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, February 25, 2016

History of Brades, Skelton & Tyzack Ltd., The BST Group

The BST Group, or Brades, Skelton & Tyzack Ltd., was a business formed in 1962 from those venerable English tool manufacturers (Grace's Guide). This is the builders' tools section of BST's 1963 catalogue. BST manufactured a full line of builder's tools, including WHS and Tyzack brick trowels, plastering trowels, concreting trowels and tools, brick hammers, scutches, mortar picks, bolsters, chisels, and slater's tools. BST became part of Spearwell Tools in 1967.

The individual Companies of William Hunt & Sons The Brades Limited and Joseph Tyzack & Son Limited have been known for generations as the manufacturers of the finest Brick and Plastering Trowels in the country. The Brand Names "W.H.S." and "3-LEG" have long been established bywords with Bricklayers and Plasterers everywhere, some expressing a preference for one brand and some the other. Now that these two great Companies are both operating in the B.S.T. Group the best of manufacturing methods, highly skilled craftsmanship and vast resources are pooled to meet the ever increasing demand and to enhance still further the quality and finish of this comprehensive range of specialised products.

A link to the entire BST catalogue is under Vintage Trowel and Tool Catalog Downloads.

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