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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.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

History of Marriott or Marriot Foundry Moulding Tools

James Marriot square trowel, photo by Steve Roche
The family who spelled their name as Marriott and Marriot were makers of foundry moulding tools in Sheffield, UK. The earliest reference found is to Frederick Marriott, a moulders tool maker of 210 Park Hill Lane. He was injured in the Great Sheffield Flood and awarded compensation 27 April 1865. The next references are in White's Sheffield & District Directory of 1871, with F. Marriott, masons' tool maker, and James Marriott, blacksmith, both on Blonk St., Sheffield.
White's Directory of Sheffield & Rotherham, 1911
In 1905 and 1911, White's Directory of Sheffield & Rotherham recorded James Marriott, moulders' tool maker, of 18 Joiner Street, Sheffield. In 1925, Sheffield & Rotherham Kelly's Directory has John Marriott, moulders' tool manufacturer, still at 18 Joiner Street, with Francis E. Fretwell as proprietor.

I have not been able to find a history of the firm on Grace's Guide or elsewhere on the internet. The few tools I located are clearly stamped J. or JAMES MARRIOT SHEFFIELD. Thank you to Steve Roche for the photographs of his Marriot square trowel.

James Marriot heart and square

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