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96. A group of upholstery nails of different shapes, sizes and colours.
97. A group of shoe nails and segs for different sizes of shoes and boots.
98. A sheet nail similar to a springhead but the head is smaller and there is no twist in the shank.
99. A headless floor brad, recovered from The Star Inn.  Llansoy, Monmouthshire.
100. A rose head lath nail recovered from The Castle Hotel. Chepstow, Monmouthshire.
101. Two twist nails for fixing thin metal to wood such as joist hangers etc, same nail different finish.
102. A collection of six French nails. The one on the right is a decorative nail recovered from over the main gateway of a French prison, the first to the left is a side fixing nail, and the others are general carcassing nails.
103. As no 91 but a different shape head, donated by Mr Clive Hughes, Penllan Grove, Swansea.
104. Three American made nails. The first one is a light gauge iron cut nail, the other two have serrated edges, stamped out by machine for use on hardwood strip flooring. The nails are placed in a machine similar to a large office stapler, placed against the edge of the floorboard and struck with a rubber hammer, the nail is then driven in at an angle of 45 degrees.
105. Another unusual nail, of unknown use, it was recovered from the end of the purling at the Open Hearth Inn, Panteg, near Pontypool, Torfaen.
106. The largest nail in the collection at 20 inches long! This nail was recovered from an old ship that had been driven aground in the Bournemouth area to prevent ground erosion after becoming redundant. It was used to fix the keelson through the futtocks into the keel, donated by Mr David Mathews, Alexandra Road, Ynysddu.
107. Three French-made nails. On the left is some sort of keep nail possibly the receiver for a sliding bolt, the middle one is the same as the third but it has been used in the making of a ledge and braced door, the nail being driven through the two layers of wood then clenched over, the point of the nail is then driven into the wood using a nail punch (the purpose being to stop the two layers of wood pulling apart). These nails came from Villeborde, Ruffec, France and donated by Mr Derek Milward, Patchway, Bristol.
108. A brass staple used by the G.P.O for fixing earth wires down their poles to the ground. Donated as per no 107.
109. Another frost nail for shoeing horses in hard weather conditions, similar to no. 60, but a different shape, donated by Mr Charles Weaver, Attlee Road, Blackwood.
110. Two cast steel nails used in coal mines for fixing heavy canvass sheets (known as bradish) to timer frames for controlling the direction of the air, making sure the air circulated around the underground workings, but allowing access for men and horses to travel through. Recovered from Oakdale Colliery on its closure and donated as per no 109.   
111. A nail for asbestos roofing sheets.
112. A large square headed nail with a short body, recovered from Leominster, Herefordshire. It was used to secure cast iron corner plates to a timber framed house that had started to collapse until remedial work could be carried out.
113. A Pintle nail, used as a pivot for things such as cupboard doors in old houses and commercial buildings. From the Inn-Be-Tween, Usk, Monmouthshire.

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