Dating furniture by nails

Choose from a variety of lengths and styles to get the right hold and look.Of all the categories of antiques you can collect, furniture is among the most popular and practical.

Complement reproduction furniture or finish a new cabinet, table, box, or door with our brass, stainless steel, and iron fasteners.The first surviving extant furniture is in the homes of Skara Brae in Scotland, and includes cupboards, dressers and beds all constructed from stone.Reproduction rose-head nails of approximately four inches long: Left and Centre: two machine-cut nails, one turned on its side to show two parallel sides (left) and two tapered sides (centre) Right: a hand-wrought nail with a tapered shank and large rose-head.(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.Early nails were usually square in section and the earliest were individually forged by hand from iron.