Dating house nails
I love nothing more than seeing the relaxed, happy look in my client's eyes after a relaxing Mani/Pedi.
My husband & I - we are so happy to be a part of the Alamo Ranch - Far West community and can't wait to welcome you all to Texas Nail House!
Is there anything I can do to prevent this from happening again when I paint it this time.
My name is Cookie and I am the co-founder of Texas Nail House.
' written in May 2002 at the request of, and for inclusion in, the RICS Building Conservation Journal)For nail making, iron ore was heated with carbon to form a dense spongy mass of metal which was then fashioned into the shape of square rods and left to cool. After re-heating the rod in a forge, the blacksmith would cut off a nail length and hammer all four sides of the softened end to form a point.
Then the nail maker would insert the hot nail into a hole in a nail header or anvil and with four glancing blows of the hammer would form the rosehead (a shallow pyramid shape).
This shape of nail had the benefit of four sharp edges on the shank which cut deep into timber and the tapered shank provided friction down its full length.
There can be a significant amount of time between an invention and its first production, and even greater time until production figures are significantly high enough to affect the archaeological record.Thus, we need to extend the manufacturing date back some 30 years with the caveat that the manufacturing date range begins in the 1880s.By examining production figures for wire nails, a model is generated for dating sites built of machine cut nails.It came out of an old beam which was removed during some renovations. The house is dated as 'early 18th C' on the British listed buildings website but also read somewhere it being referred to as late 17th.I don't know how accurate nails could be dated if at all!?