More About Nails

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This article adds more to the discussion of using nails to date furniture. Ken Melcert in his article reports: “The simple nail serves as a key to furniture dating. Until about 1800, nails were hand-forged – tapered square shafts and hand-hammered heads. During the 1800’s, cut nails have tapered rectangular shafts and rectangular heads. In the 1900’s, the round wire nail with straight sides and a round head are the standard. Nails are one of many clues to the age and authenticity of antique furniture and building construction as well.”

The Mystery Wheel was repaired at some point and nails added. The flyer has of course two arms, one has the nails previously pictured, the other appears to have replacement nails. The workmanship of the original wheel turning is very fine and precise. You can see on the flyer where the wood was marked for the nails. It looks like the diameter of the nails is larger than the holes left by missing nails so I’m guessing none of the nails are original which would mean the wheel is likely older than the oldest nails. The three replacement nails on the one flyer look like the nails holding the leather hingers. Quite likely the leather was replaced and nails added at the same time.
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Again, nail experts please weigh in.

Tropical Twister


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