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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.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

"The Illustrated Sheffield List" by Edward Brookes, Sheffield

The Illustrated Sheffield List, published in 1871 by Edward Brookes, is one of the oldest English tool and machinery catalogues available on the internet. It was digitized by Google from the library of Oxford University and is available on the Internet Archive.

Also, I have downloaded and edited it down to the pages with trowels and masonry tools. Some pages only have one masonry tool, others have several. The entire index is included should you want to refer to the full copy on the Internet Archive.

I have not been able to find a history of Edward Brookes on the internet, but the firm bears a close similarity to Samuel Newbould and Co., as described on Grace's Guide.

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