A COLLECTION OF DRIVE IN FIXINGS (NAILS) BOARD 6 PG 1
229. Three nails with an unusual head configuration, used for general framing work.
230. A 6 inch Clasp head nail, this one is the largest that I have come across. There are several smaller examples on these boards.
231. A 4½ inches adapted tee head, which is a nail that has been placed on a metal surface and the head, has been beaten flat so that it can be driven in below the surface of the wood. The round end on this nail is a good example of nails made in the 16th and 17th centuries.
232. Two unusual nails, they are similar to a spur head nail. A spur head is where the head only protrudes out from one side (similar to a floor brad). There were several of this type of nail in the box when it was given to me, they cannot all be placed on the board.
233. 4 Rose head nails, the first 2 are flat pointed, the third is round pointed and the fourth is sharp pointed.
234. Two steel cut nails, 5 & 6 inches, c.1830.
235. Two headless floorboard nails, used in hardwood floor boards as the normal spur head nails would not drive in flush with the surface.
236. Two clasp head nails with sharp points.
237. Four rose head nails with different shape points.
238. A strake nail, used for securing curved pieces of wood on the outside perimeter of wagon wheels, so as not to cut up the surface of unpaved roads (made by GKN. South Wales). Items 229 through to 238 were donated by Mr Ted Wells of Shepton Mallet.
239. A collection of nails donated by Mr Butcher, North End, Dunmow, Essex. The first 2 are steel cut nails, the next 4 short heavy gauge round head wire nails (I do not know their exact use, but imagine they would be used for fixing metal to wood). Next is a wrought nail used for the same purpose and the last one in this group is a deep drive corrugated sheet nail - the spiral runs quite fast on this particular one.
240. A group of 6 nails; the first is a clasp nail recovered from floorboards at 103 Camberwell Grove, London, SE5, c.1785. The second is also a floorboard nail recovered from Montpelier House, Montpelier Row, Twickenham, c.1725. The third nail is from the skirting grounds (skirting grounds are battens fixed to the wall, the thickness of the render and skimming, and the skirting is then fixed to the grounds) 2 Hendham Road. London, SW17 c.1880. The last 3 are steel cut nails. Donated by “GED”, Magdalen Road, London, SW18.
241. A zinc slate nail, as recovered because they are so delicate that it is not wise to try to clean them. These types of nails are usually corroded away by the time they are recovered.
242. A lead and steel cable fixing nail; there are others on the boards, but this one has the name Francis cast into it.
243. A group of bronze nails bought via the internet, found by metal detectors. Same as #228, probably on the River Medway in Kent.
244. 5 copper nails, all new and all different.
245. Eleven copper boat nails of various shapes and sizes; the second from the left top row and the first on the left bottom row are stamped with the Kings broad arrow (as 228).