The simple nail serves as a key to furniture dating until about 1800 nails were handforged tapered square shafts and handhammered heads during the 1800s cut nails have tapered rectangular shafts and rectangular heads.
Handhammered nails dating from the 1700s or earlier leave a square hole with an irregular impression at the top from a hammered head cut nails leave a more rectangular hole and around or.
Traditional cut nails worth preserving over the years the cut nail has faced the problem of competition with its rival the wire nail and its history as the first common nail one aspect of that has been the expectation that because wire nails are cheap the cut nail should also be cheap after all its just a nail.
How old is an old house american home 37694101 avery paul g 2002 how many 9penny nails can you buy for a dollar using wire nails as a dating tool for historic sites paper presented at the conference on historical and underwater archaeology mobile al baakes michael 1896 the history of the american wire nail industry.
nails are a fantastic way to determine the age of a site you plan to metal detect this guide can give you some ideas of your sites history.
Most date nails are steel though many are copper aluminum malleable iron or brass lengths run from a paltry 34 up to 3 with shank diameters running from 18 up to 516 the nail heads can be round square diamond pentagon as well as other more rare shapes.
Span classnews_dtmay 06 2009spannbsp018332interesting bit of history of nails i suppose this puts house built between 1900 and 1910 or so because they said 90 of nails in former were cutby 1910 90 were wire round nails there are several burn pits still visible in the back yard.
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The square nail is about 24 times as expensive as the wire nail but they have about 4 times the holding power interestingly enough in terms of the old penny weight costing system either nail wouldve cost about 02 cents a piece back in the old days.