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Architectural Tools


Bricklayer's  Trowel

A steel trowel with pine handle with maker's name "Lawson & Meaton cast steel" stamped into the steel. A wonderful object in its own right, and it would look great on a desk used as a paper weight.

Length 35.5cm  Width 9.5cm

Country of origin: UK

Date of manufacture: c.1950

Material: steel and wood

Condition: excellent, considering its 70 years of use. 

Steel Set Square

A 12" steel set square with maker's name forged in the steel "Rabone Chesterman". A beautiful object and a precision piece of engineering, and built to last, which - if not using it for its original purpose - could now be used as a decorative object propped on a shelf.


Founded in 1784, the John Rabone & Sons works had its origins in Birmingham's jewellery quarter, and was a rule, instrument and tool makers, continuing as a family business until 1963. The company then merged with James Chesterman & Co, toolmakers of Sheffield, and the name was changed to Rabone Chesterman.

Length 35.5cm  Width 21cm 

Country of origin: UK

Date of manufacture: c.1960

Manufactured b: John Rabone & Sons, Birmingham, England

Material: steel

Condition: excellent, considering its 60 years of use. 

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