Dating old square nails

Published: 16.11.2017

Visser, published by the University Press of New England. Lighter than common cut nails, but used for similar applications, these solid-steel standards were originally designed for building wood boxes and crates.

Nails as clues to age. In addition to looking at how old nails were made, Cross sections of pre-1800 nails are generally square;.

This machine had essentially three parts. My book will help at this step. By the s, the entire nail was completely machine formed producing the rounded shank or wire nail that continues in use today. Often the shape of the nail head has some significance. In fact, some railroads found that dated ties lasted longer than usual because the men took special care of them.

This was a common way to fasten door and gate hinges to prevent the nails from working loose.

Some lines found the record obtained by this method to be a failure, so beginning some railroads concentrated their record in special test sections. Thinner timbers were being used in construction and other forms of fastening were becoming available if a strong fixing was needed.

Like restorers of historical buildings, you can identify the period by the technology used to create the nails and unlock the past of furniture. When North American railroads began to experiment with treated ties in the second half of the 's, it was not known which chemicals, treatment methods, or woods were most economical.

References for historical research.

When Were Square Nails Used In Furniture?

A typical date nail. The condition of the wood surrounding nail heads and nail holes can provide additional clues about age. KEEP A WRITTEN RECORD OF WHAT YOU FIND! Nails are one of many clues to the age and authenticity of antique furniture and building construction as well.

Wire nails are round. And could you separate an old nail from a reproduction nail?

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