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Stonemason's chisel (11)

Description:

Chisel used by a stonemason.  It has a pointed blade shaped from four tapered straight sides.  It has a round shaft with serrated grooves around the circumference. The end of the chisel shows signs of use. 

 

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) 160mm, width (shaft) 15mm
Source:
Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura
Accession number:
DUMFM:0206.50
Digital Number:
DMTL010n
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council