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Pricking iron

Description:

Pricking iron or chisel used by a stonemason.  It has a broad blade with a scalloped or comb edge, and a very short squared shaft.  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) 53mm, width (blade) 53mm, width (shaft) 17mm
Source:
Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura
Accession number:
DUMFM:0206.52
Digital Number:
DMTL012n
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council