Posted 3 years ago
These wooden trowels I won in a large lot of boxes full of very old items at an auction last year. All the items were tagged for sale and had "booth number" also written on the tag. Due to the quality of all the items I would imagine it was merchandise from a flea or antique vendor at one point. These appear to be made of a hard wood and all slightly different, some have rounded edges, some square, some flat trowels and others convex. All have a thin sheen of dusty soiling. I asked someone a while back and they suggested lead packing trowels for packing oakum joints. I would think if that were the case they would have some curve to contour pipes. I though masonry but thought metal would draw out the moisture better, and final thought was pottery crafting tools.
Also, whatever they are they look in good condition and I see nice grains in the wood, would I decrease any possible value by washing them and a soaker coat and polish with Liquid Gold?