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Stonemason's chisel (4)

Description:

Chisel used by a stonemason.  It has a broad blade, a squared shaft with two dimpled and serrated edges and the corners are chamferred.  The end of the chisel is rounded to withstand impact when struck with a mallet.  The mason's mark is on the side.

 

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) 190mm, width (blade) 45mm, width (top) 23mm
Source:
Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura
Accession number:
DUMFM:0206.43
Digital Number:
DMTL003n
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council