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Pricking iron (7)

Description:

Pricking iron or chisel used by a stonemason.  It has a wide flat serrated blade or comb piece fitted into a long squared shaft with chamferred corners.  There is a square hole in the shaft so that the blade could be pushed out and replaced.  The end of the chisel shows little sign of wear.

 

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) 195mm, width (blade) 38mm, width (end) 23mm
Source:
Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura
Accession number:
DUMFM:0206.59
Digital Number:
DMTL019n
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council