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A COLLECTION OF DRIVE IN FIXINGS (NAILS) BOARD 4 PG 1
129. Genuine Canadian railways spike that has been decorated for the purpose of being more commercially sell-able. (It is placed in this little case as the decoration that is on it is very fragile). Donated by Mr & Mrs P Finnegan. Prince Rupert, B.C.
130. A nail makers wire gauge, used by mill workers when checking for the right gauge of wire to feed into the nail making machine, A. N. Baker & Sons Warrington, Lancs.
131. 4 copper boat nails of different sizes as found on the quay of a fishing village in Malta, June 2008.
132. A modern square wire nail, its use and manufacturer both unknown to me.
133. Two very ornate nails of different sizes used for hanging drapes, picture frames and similar items. Made in France.
134. Another French nail, this one is a bit different in as much as it has a chisel point.
135. This French nail started off as a round wrought iron rod then was formed into a square shank, pointed and then a rose head formed onto it, it is very unusual.
136. Another unusual nail, again its use is unknown, but possibly for holding two sheets of metal on a joint. Donated by Mr Williams. Coleford, Forest- of- Dean, Gloucestershire.
137. Three nails as per no. 124 but smaller sizes. Donated by Mr Williams as per no 136.
138. A nail bent into the shape of a letter “J” for Jones. It would be very difficult to bend a nail that shape. Donated by Mr Williams as per no 136.
139. A Pintle nail drive in hook used as part of the hinges on window shutters or a cupboard door. Different from 113 as there is a nib on the end for driving in with a hammer. Donated by Mr Williams as per no 136.
140. Three “Star Head” or “Ewbanks” made by J J Cordes & Co Newport, Mon. The large one is a cut nail with a forged head the other two are rolled wrought iron. They are three different nails made at different times in the firm’s history - the smaller one being the oldest 1834 –1869, the medium-sized one 1869 -1884. The large one in group N, no 92 was made from 1881 and into the 1900’s, at some unknown later date, they changed again to star head cut nails, which is what you see in the large nail here. (I was not aware of this latest nail, the “cut star head” until mid January 2008).
141. A heavy Tee shaped nail again its use is not known. Donated as per no 136.
142. The largest nail in the collection at 29½ inches. It is a wall plate tie, the short end was driven into the timber and the other end into the wall. This one is unusual as it is turned 90 degrees due to there being a door opening below it at an intersection of two walls. It would have been custom made for the job. From the old brew house, The Old Tredegar Arms, Ynysddu, Caerphilly County.
143. Horse shoe nails, all frost nails of different shapes and sizes and all different from the Farrier, Llangorse, Powys.
144. A small Pintle nail, recovered from 13 Monk Street, Monmouth.
145. A 6 inch pipe nail, the longest I have seen. As above.
146. Light gauge sheet nail.
147. A 3 inch fluted nail, probably machine fired, its use unknown.
148. 4 copper slate nails all from The Three Cocks Hotel, Bronllys, Talgarth, Powys. All with letters on the heads.
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