want dating - Dating machine cut nails
Until the 18th century, nail production methods had not changed for hundreds of years.
Iron ore and carbon heated together and then cooled created wrought iron, from which a nail length piece was cut and hammered on four sides to create a point.
An iron-slitting mill mentioned by Washington had been replaced by Simeon Folsom’s factory for producing the newly introduced machine-cut nail.
When dating a piece of antique furniture, one of the most important clues to its history is often overlooked.
A nail may not be a noticeable style feature, but looking at them carefully can help you authenticate the age of a primitive or antique furniture piece before you buy.