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Pricking iron (3)

Description:

Pricking iron or chisel used by a stonemason.  It has a curved blade with a scalloped or comb edge, and a short squared shaft with chamferred corners.  The end of the chisel shows signs of frequent use as the edge is well worn and curved over.

 

Stone was worked using a range of tools including saws and chisels.  Stone mason's tools have changed very little over the centuries.  Finer shaping and detail was worked by striking chisels like this with a large wooden mallet.

Materials/Media:
metal & iron alloy
Dimensions:
length (whole) 90mm, width (blade) 24mm, width (shaft) 10mm
Source:
Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura
Accession number:
DUMFM:0206.55
Digital Number:
DMTL015n
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council