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A COLLECTION OF DRIVE IN FIXINGS (NAILS) BOARD 6 PG 2
246. A 3̎ copper cut nail, very similar to a cut slate nail, but this size is either for roof tiles or boat building.
247. A double pointed wire nail. This is the first of this type of nail that I have come across, it was one of several used in a Burmese Teak table top, (probably a RN Ship as there were several frigates in for breaking about the same time (early 60’s) which came from the John Cashmore ship breakers yard at Newport, Gwent. As there is no sign of these nails having been struck with a hammer, they must have been placed in position and the whole thing cramped together, forcing the nails into the wood.
248. A 43/8” bronze nail stamped with the letters USNYW. This stands for United States Naval Yard Washington bought on eBay from California and sent to Mr Richard O. Byrne. Fayette Street, Staunton, Virginia and sent on from there to the UK.
249. A large wrought iron nail used to secure lead around a chimney on Bridge House, Walton, Powys. Donated by Mr Graham Dickerson.
250. Twelve bronze nails as no. 228, different shapes and sizes. Most of these nails are stamped with the Kings broad arrow on the under side - if you look closely you will see on the one that is turned upside down.
251. The first 5 nails are from 21 Lower Fort Street, The Rocks, Sydney, Australia. 1831, one of a row of terraced houses built by the harbourmaster in 1831 as investment properties (built from local sandstone and imported softwood flooring, local cedar and eucalyptus hardwood). All nails found were wrought from nail rod and almost certainly imported from Britain.
Wrought spur heads were used in every floor and vary in length, but were found in mainly good condition. The lining nails were of unusual length to other finds, some nearly as long as the floor nails but smaller gauge.
Lath nails were of the common English size & rose head pattern. No cut lath tacks found.
252. A kitchen utensil hook, origins unknown. Donated by Mr Frank Williams, Coleford, Gloucestershire.
253. Four nails from flat 2, 3 Gloucester Place, Edinburgh. The first 2 are wrought nails, dating from 1822. The third is a cut steel nail and the forth, an oval wire, both recovered from floor boards, c.1952 and donated by Miss Elizabeth Graham.
254. A cut steel spur head floor board nail, what is unusual about this nail is the depth of the spur, usually about 1/8th of inch or 3mm. c.1910, donated by Mr. Graham Summerhill.
255. A group of nine copper boat nails that were found on Kilkelly Beach. Northern Ireland. The first has its rove broken off, the fourth is an adapted tee head nail, its head has been hammered flat to allow it to be driven in below the surface of the wood, for the purpose of filling in afterwards. The point of this one dates it to c.1750 - 1800. Fifth, sixth & ninth have their roves still attached, the remaining four are ordinary boat nails. Donated by Mr. Derrick Millward, Patchway, Bristol.
256. 14 nails bought via the internet as “Roman”, but this cannot be authenticated. They are very old but I will have to carry out further research to be sure.
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