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Trades

Bow saw

Period:
20th Century
Description:

Joiner's tool of the late 1900s.

 

The Royal Burgh of Sanquhar had five Incorporated Trades, weavers, smiths, squaremen (joiners and masons), tailors and shoemakers. In 1835 the minister of the parish wrote,

 

'The trade carried on in it is chiefly the weaving and sewing of muslin; other articles made and sold are mostly for the use of the inhabitants... and consequently the trade in them is very limited.'

 

It was the work of these trades which clothed, housed and equipped generations of local people.

Materials/Media:
wood, metal, string
Dimensions:
width 650mm, height 350mm
Source:
Sanquhar Tolbooth Museum
Digital Number:
SQTL006n
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council