A COLLECTION OF DRIVE IN FIXINGS (NAILS) BOARD 5 PG 2
195. A 10 inch square wire nail, similar to no.4, this one has bevelled edges but is used for the same purpose. Recovered from a farm crossing on the Rugby to Leamington line and donated by Mr John Lowman, Aston Clun, Craven Arms, Shropshire.
196. 9 inch side fixing nail, made from ¼ inch mild steel square rod, and one drive nail used for fixing metal to woodwork. Donated by Mrs Shirley Ann Widlöf, Hutton Rudby, North Yorks.
197. Gate receiver nail. Unusual because the end has been split into two and folded back to form the stop and beard on the underside.
198. A light gauge machine fired case nail. All machine fired nails are bound together with fine wire which breaks off when the nail is driven into the wood, in turn pulling the next nail forward, ready for the next firing. This nail has spiral twists except where the wires were attached. Recovered from a wooden box that had been damaged.
199. A set of four nail punches, in sizes 1/32, 1/16, 3/32 and 1/8 of an inch, and the large one below that someone has managed to bend. The large one is marked “Eclipse made in England”.
200. Machine cut nail with parallel sides and sharp point.
201. Railway sleeper or telegraph pole identification numbered nails, some with two digits others with one, all different shapes and sizes.
202. Three pipe hooks, same size, heads have various shapes to them.
203. Four steel cut nails of different sizes and all been galvanized.
204. Two galvanized lost head nails.
205. Five steel wire nails, four round heads and one oval head - all galvanized.
206. Two steel cut nails but the die has gripped them so tight to form the head that it has flattened them.
207. Three headless floor nails of different sizes, this type of nail was only used on oak or elm floorboards as the normal spur head floor brads would not drive in below the surface, because of the spur. The taper of the nail would hold the boards tight. C.1803-4, 13 Newcomen Street, Dartmouth, Devon. Donated Mr Chris How, Victoria, Australia.
208. A hand wrought spur head floor brad made from wrought iron rod. This nail differs from cut spur-heads in as much as it is square in section whereas steel cut spur head brads are flat in section. C.1840-1850 recovered from Glastonbury Reclamation Yard, donated as 207 above.
209. Two hand wrought lining nails, used for fixing architrave, door stops and similar items.
210. One hand wrought lath nail, used for fixing laths to partition walls and ceilings as a base for plastering over.
211. One rose head hand wrought general purpose nail. The last three items are un-dateable but thought to be about 1700-1800 and all as no. 208.
212. A 5 inch steel cut nail, cut from tapered steel plates and the head formed after cutting. From the Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter ( Olga) built 1909, now owned by Swansea Museum and used for pleasure rides around Swansea Bay during the summer months. This nail was recovered from the quay at Gloucester Docks when “Olga” was in for repairs at Tommy Neilson’s ship repairer’s yard. Donated by Deb Wallace of Cranham, Gloucester.
213. An American six inch rail spike that has been decorated to make it more commercially saleable (similar to the Canadian one at no. 129).
214. Sprigs and nails from the Bishops Camera, Farnham c 1350. See board for further information.