Pricking iron (7)

Pricking iron or chisel used by a stonemason.  It has a wide flat serrated blade or comb piece fitted into a long squared shaft with chamferred corners.  There is a square hole in the shaft so that the blade could be pushed out and replaced.  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) 195mm, width (blade) 38mm, width (end) 23mm
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metal & iron alloy
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Dumfries & Galloway Council
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