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Bars of the requisite thickness were then made into nails and spikes by 'nailers'.Only the head and the point were forged, so these nails, which were common from the 17th to the early 19th century, can be distinguished from earlier ones by the sharp regular profile of the cut section.Nails were primarily imported from England, right up until the Revolution.Around the 1790’s, American inventors had prototyped the first nail making machines.In 1900, Frederick and Harriett Pigott built "Persimmon Hill", their two-story, Victorian-style house [A] at Dola, WV.The collection of cut nails that you see above were used in its construction.However, being hand-forged, the variety of shapes and forms are infinite.
(Nails supplied by IJP Building Conservation) Hand-Forged Nails Nails were among the first metal objects made by mankind, indispensable or such everyday items as doors and roof coverings, shoes, buckets and barrels.
It was named as such for HM Queen Victoria of England who reigned from 1836 - 1901. Hand-forged nails were the first manufactured nails, and they date back to Biblical times.
...[T]he house's style is called Italianate which ran from roughly the 1840's though about the turn of the century." From Jeremiah B. As people first used hewn beams, timbers, planks, and whole logs to build with, the early hand-made nails were spikes.
The house was renovated in 1995, and carpenters Jim and Hank Carder saved the nails and made the above display.
The woodwork in the Victorian-style [A] house was intricate.