Pricking iron (1)

Pricking iron or chisel used by a stonemason.  It has a broad blade with a scalloped or comb edge, and squared shaft with chamferred corners.  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.
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length (whole) 129mm, width (blade) 43mm, width (shaft) 17mm
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metal & iron alloy
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Dumfries & Galloway Council
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