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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.

Monday, April 5, 2021

History of Dearosa Manufacturing Co.

Hardware Age, Vol. 162, No. 3, 15 July 1948.
Dearosa Manufacturing Co. was operating in 1948 in Brooklyn, NY. They manufactured tools for plasterers and masons, including Blu-Lite finishing trowels and forged brick trowels. By 1952, the firm had moved to Mt. Vernon, NY, and was making forged brick trowels and hawks. They appear in directories through 1958.

Hardware Age, Vol. 163 No. 10, 19 May 1949, pg. 211


Monday, March 29, 2021

History of H. Carter & Son

The Iron Age, Vol. 11, No. 4, 23 Jan. 1873, pg. 10
H. Carter & Son was a mid-1870s manufacturer of tools for foundry molders and plasterers. We have found references to the firm between 1870 and 1877. They were operating at 290 Pearl St., New York City, in 1873. Another product they made was J.W. Bemis's patent carriage jack.

At least one Carter molding tool has sold in recent years, according to WorthPoint.  

Thursday, January 21, 2021

History of Tara Manufacturing Co.

Tara Manufacturing Co. was apparently organized after World War II to make various hardware items, including a limited line of forged brick trowels. The firm's address in 1956 was 2516 S. Archer Ave., Chicago, IL.

W. Bingham Co. hardware catalog 1950

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

History of Macco Manufacturing Co. Ltd.

Benn's Encyclopaedia of Hardware, 1951, p. 1024

Macco Manufacturing Co. Ltd., St. John's Street, Wolverhampton, West Midlands, UK, manufactured builders' trowels and tools. The firm appears to have been established in 1947 and was exporting in 1950. They were liquidated in 1969.

In 1950 Macco's products were listed as trowels, saws, screwdrivers, chisels, wall scrapers, putty knives, shave hooks, planes, mortice gauges, spirit levels, builders' levels, joiners' squares and levels. They also manufactured kitchen tinware for the home market.

Photos of unused Macco brick trowels show they were forged, properly ground, and with well-fitted handles and ferrules.   


Official Gazette of the US Patent Office, Vol. 646, 1 May 1951, p. 36

Macco trowels in new condition

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

History of Lansing Co.

American Builder Vol. 43, No. 1, Apr. 1927 p. 350
Lansing Co. was founded in in Lansing, MI in 1881 as Lansing Wheelbarrow Co. The name changed to Lansing Co. around 1 Nov. 1911. By 1927, they had sales branches in Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Kansas City, Minneapolis, San Francisco, and New York City. Lansing Co. made a range of contracting and concrete equipment, from wheelbarrows and concrete tools to concrete mixers, hoists, concrete block machines, tile machines, and fence post molds.