View Full Version : Anybody know the name of these nails

Brian Brown
12-10-2014, 6:10 PM
These are reproductions of nails from the early 18th century. Do they have an official name, and does anybody know where I can find more information about them?


Ken Fitzgerald
12-10-2014, 6:13 PM
Brian....do a Google search on "Clinched head nails" those look similar to "rosehead cut nails".

Here: https://www.google.com/search?q=clinched+head+nails&rlz=1T4GGNI_enUS558US558&tbm=isch&imgil=NTjlVzRGNSXQDM%253A%253Bp2yJZyV3kKWa2M%253Bh ttp%25253A%25252F%25252Fwww.brettunsvillage.com%25 252Ftrunks%25252Fhowto%25252Fparts%25252Fnails.htm&source=iu&pf=m&fir=NTjlVzRGNSXQDM%253A%252Cp2yJZyV3kKWa2M%252C_&usg=__AquFevS5nJaTlhpESbno3Bti5r0%3D&biw=1536&bih=665&ved=0CDsQyjc&ei=UtOIVIY6gduwBPzQgMgD#facrc=_&imgdii=ombL9RhhfsIOMM%3A%3BVoVNiAMhO_ci2M%3BombL9R hhfsIOMM%3A&imgrc=ombL9RhhfsIOMM%253A%3Bs33y5bDekzFjdM%3Bhttp% 253A%252F%252Frainfordrestorations.files.wordpress .com%252F2013%252F11%252Fdscn8350.jpg%3Bhttp%253A% 252F%252Frainfordrestorations.wordpress.com%252F20 13%252F11%252F09%252Fworking-with-cut-nails%252F%3B3183%3B2361

Tom M King
12-10-2014, 6:16 PM
Do a Google search for "Tremont nail company"

ken masoumi
12-10-2014, 6:21 PM
Right on mr Fitzgerald,I found out Lee Valley sells them: " copper Rose-head (http://www.leevalley.com/en/hardware/page.aspx?p=40383&cat=3,41306,41327)".nails.

Brett Luna
12-10-2014, 6:26 PM
The head shape suggests a rosehead or decor nail. The shank shape would tell if it's also a boat nail or some straight variety. I'm no expert though. I was just looking at a lot of them a while back.

Tony Joyce
12-10-2014, 6:37 PM



glenn bradley
12-10-2014, 8:31 PM
Those heads are a close match for the square cut nails I use decoratively.


David Weaver
12-10-2014, 9:34 PM
Cut nails, and the ones for flooring are fairly easy to find.

Ken Fitzgerald
12-10-2014, 10:02 PM
Brian....here's a source http://www.houseofantiquehardware.com/square-head-nails-standard-steel-common-rosehead?sc=13&category=146

David Weaver
12-10-2014, 10:21 PM
I should've looked around to notice that there are still places making cut nails, or a reasonable approximation.

Near where I grew up in central pa, they show up a lot at auctions because people stored cans of them in the past. It's easy for me to find flooring as well as very large nails, but it's not quite as easy for me to find small nails suitable for cabinet work (which I don't use often, anyway).

Over thanksgiving, I was pretty pleased to find a bag of about 100 small cut nails for $3. But the flooring types are plentiful, nonetheless, even if you want old ones.

Dave Lehnert
12-11-2014, 12:10 AM
I found cut nails a few years ago, of all places, a dollar store.

Brian Brown
12-11-2014, 12:42 AM
Thanks, everyone. That is just the information I needed.

Jim Matthews
12-11-2014, 7:06 AM
One note about "cut nails" - they should have a square profile, when cut from a sheet.

Round shank nails don't hold the same way.