Railroad Date Nails - Date Nails - Rustic Metal - 'The Railroad Date Nail Trio'
Railroad ties, bridge and trestle timbers, poles and posts. These were the objects railroad companies affixed with a date nail to aid them in their record keeping of timber age. Beginning at the turn of the 19th century these nails were used to indicate the year in which a timber was put into service or, in the case of nails with letters instead of digits, what type of treatment the timber had received to prolong service life. Own your own bit of history with a trio of railroad date nails. Make a rustic home decor item or use in jewelry design. You'll receive three date nails chosen at random which may include raised or indented numbers and/or letters.
Dimensions: 2 1/2" - 2 5/8" length overall 5/8" diameter nail head 1/4" diameter nail shaft
Notes: These railroad date nails are decades-old. Some have seen service on rail lines while others are surplus. As unaltered antiques they may have a rusty patina and may include slight bends, nicks, divots, dings and the like. Numbers range from 1901-1969.