A COLLECTION OF DRIVE IN FIXINGS (NAILS) BOARD 5 PG 1
181. An 8 inch nail recovered from some old roof timbers at Chapel House, The Broom, Raglan, Monmouthshire.
182. Two 6 inch steel cut nails. The one on the right is made by J.J.Cordes, Dos works Newport, Mon. Known by the distinctive one-sided haunch under the head.
183. A Spanish nail bought in Barcelona by my daughter. It is 5½ inches long; the head is cloverleaf shape and the underside as a raised pattern. Very unusual.
184. Used to hold lead flashings in place on a roof at Knighton in Powys, Mid Wales. Donated by Mr Trevor Dickerson of Knighton.
185. Three different sizes of lead headed cable fixing nails made by Hietts.
186. A group of 7 nails from Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada. The top right is used for temporary wood works such as shuttering whereby the nail can be driven into the first head, pulling everything together and leaving the second head for the purpose of extracting the nail when the job is dismantled. The top middle is a ring shank nail, known for their holding power. The one on the left is a fluted nail, its purpose is unknown to me. Bottom left is a copper spiral twist nail normally used for fixing sheet metal to base boards, the spiral twist provides very good holding strength. The other 3 nails are used for box making. Donated by Vin & Pete Finnigan, Prince Rupert, B.C. Canada.
187. 5 brass & 1 copper nail which tend to be short & heavy. 2 are brass ring shank nails which I have not seen before (their use is unknown). Donated by Mr Clive Hughes, Penllan Grove, Swansea.
188. 3 nails recovered from framing at Christ Church. Warranambool, Victoria, Australia. Church built 1856—1858, but these nails are much later. Donated by Mr Chris How, Warranambool, Victoria.
189. 2 headless floor brads recovered from 23, Newcomen Street, Dartmouth, Devon. Build 1800—1804. On this property, because the floor joists were very uneven, the backs of the floorboards had been notched out with an adze so that they would sit flush with one another on the top or face side. This was then common practice. Headless floor brads were only used on hardwood flooring as a headed nail would be very difficult to drive below the surface of the wood. Donated as per no. 188.
190. A 2½ inch lost head nail from Charlton Road, Shepton Mallet. Built 1905. Donated as per no. 188.
191. 3 Nails recovered from a Mr T. Smith, Cabinet maker’s tool chest dated 1865, from Portsmouth. The large brass headed nail has a steel pin and brass head but the underside is filled with lead. The small one on the left is chrome plated steel, and the centre one is possibly a boot nail, as it is short with a heavy gauge and a countersunk head.
192. A hand wrought lath nail recovered from 120 Harley Street, Westminster, London. Dated 1784, there were similar nails also recovered from 12 Seymour Street, dated 1780. Donated as per no. 188.
193. 2 copper nails 1½ inches long that have had their heads flattened while being manufactured in order to be driven below a surface. If they had been flattened by hand there would have been hammer marks left, but there are none - so it is reasonable to assume that they were done by machine.
194. 3 French hand wrought nails, all with unusual heads. The first is headless with barbs and pointed, the second with a round head and the third with a square head, both the second and third with chisel points.